Greatest Painters of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Vincent van Gogh Vincent van Gogh Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. more.

Master of disguise, the art is smart and intelligent. The best at Starry Night, what the mind can do is nice sometimes. - iliescu

Other artists paint in paint. Van Gogh paints in emotion and feeling. Should be number 1 full stop.

The best there ever was and the best there ever will be.Quote

Best there ever was and ever will be

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2 Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, poetry, more.

The man was way ahead of his time!
He was living in the future while the other were living in the Renaissance!

Inventor! - williamb

A pioneer and a mentor for all painters past his time. Without Leo, painting and all art would be 500 years behind.

Really good artist, inventor and at everything

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3 Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) also known as Pablo Picasso, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. more.

Love as well how abstract the art is it still leaves more wanting from attention as a real cool different view point. Has much to offer and to notice the technique hold true and reinvent itself is what in truth lifts out ahead as Pablo Picasso being one if not best painter tobadd that new dimension in visual art. A perfect contribution that begs the viewer it is plain to sight a future is to behold with it. Nice work! - iliescu

The painter has a new kind of soul delivered to the visual industry. Beautiful new interpretations and extrapolations. Fine tune with Picasso! - iliescu

The song When a Woman Cries by Dio is of sound as the painting The Weeping Woman is of visual by Pablo Picasso. Awesome job mate! - iliescu

This painer expresses his feelings, and enters the world of creativity, don't know how this painter got 2nd spot, should have gotten 1st.

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4 Michelangelo Michelangelo Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. more.

Despite being an arrogant douche, he's one of the greatest painters of all time! If not for his attitude, then I might've actually put him number 2 in my list of the greatest painters of all time, only second to Da Vinci!

No training no teacher who taught him how to paint, plain nothing! that's why he's the greatest, pure skill and talent, I mean you look at his works is just, superhuman... greatest painter human kind had ever seen

As one of the best painters would not expect in least for some sort ofmtrade to have taken place. The extenct to disfigurement for a job well done is noticeable. When beautiful things become seen as monstrous it is a pity, however this is an art Michelangelo became a master at, so nothing that much to be so sad would suppose. Good portfolio as well. - iliescu

Technically even better than davinci. But davinci has a better feeling in the paintings. Michelangelo was the Light genius. Nobody, even davinci could't paint that natural as him. Davinci phantasised much

5 Rembrandt Rembrandt Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (15 July 1606 – 4 October 1669) was a Dutch draughtsman, painter, and printmaker. A prolific and versatile master across three media, he is generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art and the most important in Dutch art history.

Alkadikce I don't disagree, but art wouldn't be the same as it is today if not for Rembrandt!

There's something wrong about this list. Unlike bands, songs, or even poets, most people know the name of just 4-5 painters (mostly the first 5 items on this list). Rembrandt's name is very widely known but otherwise I don't see so much special in him. He even lacks a recognisable style, check out any other baroque artists. - Alkadikce

The painter of painters the man who started as a young boy and continued to old age

6 Bob Ross Bob Ross


He was awesome! - neehawgamer

I love him!

Made painting seem easy and fun and seemed to have a wonderful attitude to life

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7 Claude Monet Claude Monet Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.

Paying virtual monet - Spicygarlic

For me, it's always been between Monet and Van Gogh. Only reason I'm voting for Monet here is because Van Gogh is already #1 and I imagine he'll stay there.

His paintings are enticingly beautiful. - Britgirl

Very intricate drawings about nature and beautiful environments to depict. definitely a favorite, fine drawn art with skill and perhaps mastery of the times. - iliescu

8 Salvador Dali Salvador Dali Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Púbol (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

The master of surrealism

I adore his work. I really do. It�'s amazing.

The best!

The sexiest, coolist, snaziest,mofo out there.

9 Raphael Raphael Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (April 6 or March 28, 1483 – April 6, 1520), known as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with more.

Raphael use to believe as a sculptor. The profession is painter and despite being that youthful there are some real good interpretations of paintings about life and dreams. More impressive as an underdog in the study got done a lot better than would allow in imagination. Incredible! - iliescu

"He living, Nature feared to be defeated.
Now that he's died, Nature feares to die"
This is written where he lays, in Pantheon

10 Caravaggio

Caravaggio lived a short and a hard life, in his kast years he painted while escaping. He was accused of a murder no öne knows if that's true ör not

The Contenders

11 Diego Velázquez

Dramatic, touching pieces.

12 Paul Cézanne Paul Cézanne Paul Cézanne was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century.

Always will be the greatest painter, total game changer.

13 Johannes Vermeer Johannes Vermeer Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer (1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. more.

Vermeer begins where Leonardo left off. No doubt, Leonardo was the most amazing human ever. He took a scientific look at what makes art function and introduced movement and storytelling to paint. However, for me, his paintings always look like his real money earner, theater and stage settings with actors "emoting". It took Vermeer to introduce living breathing people you might actually want to know, with deep emotions, in settings where you have perhaps visited. His mastery of lighting alone creates more emotion than most. Every object in his paintings have secret meanings, morals, stories you could take years to fathom. How else could someone create and entire movie based on a single picture. Truly they speak a thousand words.

14 Jackson Pollock Jackson Pollock Paul Jackson Pollock, known professionally as Jackson Pollock, was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.
15 Edouard Manet Edouard Manet Édouard Manet (23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883) was a French painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.
16 Edvard Munch Edvard Munch Edvard Munch (12 December 1863 – 23 January 1944) was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century.
17 Giotto di Bondone

Before Giotto there was nothing, he single-handedly re-invented the art of painting after a 1000 years of nothing.

He's the father of modern european art

18 Pierre-Auguste Renoir Pierre-Auguste Renoir Pierre-Auguste Renoir, commonly known as Auguste Renoir (25 February 1841 – 3 December 1919), was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.
19 Gustav Klimt
20 Alex Ross
21 El Greco
22 Francisco Goya

He is considered the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and throughout his long career was a commentator and chronicler of his era. Immensely successful in his lifetime, Goya is often referred to as both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns. He was also one of the great contemporary portraitists.

23 Peter Paul Rubens

Although most of his painting make me want to throw up, he greatly represents his era. - Alkadikce

24 Hieronymus Bosch Hieronymus Bosch Hieronymus Bosch, born Jheronimus van Aken (c. 1450 – 9 August 1516) was a Dutch/Netherlandish draughtsman and painter from Brabant. He is widely considered one of the most notable representatives of Early Netherlandish painting school. His work is known for its fantastic imagery, detailed landscapes, more.

Most imaginative.

25 Paul Gauguin Paul Gauguin Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a French post-Impressionist artist. more.
26 Eugene Delacroix Eugene Delacroix Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (26 April 1798 – 13 August 1863) was a French Romantic artist regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school.
27 Jean-Michel Basquiat

One of the most creative and influential painters. He was truly ahead of his time.

28 Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator of Nazi Germany, he initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939 and was a central figure of more.

It was a nightmare of his politics, but Hitler did good paintings - williamb

He was a famous painter, but it was not painting that made him famous. It was leading the Nazi Party, Starting World War II, and the Holocaust that made him famous.

Good. Paintings. Period.

I hate the guy with a burning passion because I’m German heritage and I’m tired of people associating Germany with Nazis and Hitler, but I have to admit, he was a decent painter.

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29 Paolo Veronese
30 Titian

Some of the greatest painters, among them Rubens and Velazquez considered Titian the greatest, the sun among stars.

31 Egon Schiele Egon Schiele Egon Schiele (12 June 1890 – 31 October 1918) was an Austrian painter. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. more.
32 René Magritte
33 Banksy
34 Juan Gris
35 Albrecht Dürer
36 Joan Miró Joan Miró Joan Miró i Ferrà (20 April 1893 – 25 December 1983) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. more.
37 Paul Klee Paul Klee Paul Klee (18 December 1879 – 29 June 1940) was a Swiss-German artist. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. more.

Why is Hitler above Paul Klee?
Well... Hitler might've done some great paintings, but other than that, he was a HORRIBLE, EVIL man, which for me, makes it harder to like his paintings!
Paul Klee, however, was obviously a better painter than Hitler could ever dream of, and all around, a much more kind, friendly and warm-hearted person!

38 Georgia O' Keeffe
39 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (6 May 1880 – 15 June 1938) was a German expressionist painter and printmaker and one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke or "The Bridge", a key group leading to the foundation of Expressionism in 20th-century art. more.
40 Henri Matisse Henri Matisse Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse (31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was a French artist, known for both his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter.

Henri Matisse is so good why is he not on the list.

41 Diego Rivera
42 Wassily Kandinsky Wassily Kandinsky Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (4 December (16 December by the Gregorian calendar) 1866 – 13 December 1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. more.

If not for Kandinsky, nobody would even know about abstract art!

43 William Blake William Blake William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.
44 Edward Hopper Edward Hopper Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967) was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. Both in his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.

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45 Norman Rockwell
46 Francis Bacon Francis Bacon Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, grotesque, emotionally charged and raw imagery.
47 Max Ernst Max Ernst Max Ernst (2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976) was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism.

One of the founders of Surrealism.

48 Andy Warhol Andy Warhol Andy Warhol, born Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s.
49 Briton Riviere Briton Riviere

Paintings of loving animals... - williamb

50 Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954), born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits.
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