Greatest Painters of All Time

The Top Ten Greatest Painters of All Time

1 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.

When you see a Van Gogh you know it is a Van gogh. His works all together made a new style his command over the colors is impeccable. VVG is the greatest painter of all time not just because of his skills but how easy it was for all the generation to comprehend or interpret his paintings we all have different views but we cannot understand everything but once you see a VVG you know what the painter wanted to say. SIMPLE yet so MAGNIFICENT, Easily the greatest artist of all time. Wish he could see how influential he became.

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

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

Best there ever was and ever will be

2 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!

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

Where the hell is Bob ross?

Really good artist, inventor and at everything

3 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.

Pablo Picasso’s artwork is magnificent. Many people think he just scribbled on some paper or a canvas but it actually takes time to make abstract art like his. And it is a lot more creative and interesting than a painting with an predictable and obvious storyline to it.

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

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

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

4 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 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.

Rembrandt could do it all! Very smooth and finely wrought portraits to heavy impasto and sweeping brushstrokes that are a precursor to the Impressionists. He is unwavering in his study of human emotion and human expression. I believe that Rembrandt was the master of light and shadow--chiaroscuro--that draws us in and makes us look for the source of light. Like Beethoven, he took the tragedy in his life and made it art.

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 Robert Norman Ross (October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995) was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. He was the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States, and also aired in Canada, Latin America, more.

His show is so soothing to watch and he paints great paintings in such a short amount of time. I just wish more kids today would find this show.

"Ever make mistakes in life? Lets make them birds. Yeah, they're birds now." - bob ross - wren6

Bob Ross was amazing at painting, sad to see him go before he had reach his time. - Mumbizz01

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

7 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

8 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.

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

Paying virtual monet - Spicygarlic

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

9 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.

His art is one of the most interesting things to look at on planet earth

The master of surrealism

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

The best!

10 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

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11 Diego Velázquez

Dramatic, touching pieces.

12 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.

13 John William Waterhouse
14 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.

15 Jean Honoré Fragonard
16 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.

He's my favorite

17 Jackson Pollock Paul Jackson Pollock, known professionally as Jackson Pollock, was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.
18 Edgar Degas Edgar Degas, born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917), was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance, more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders more.
19 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.
20 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.
21 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.

Oh, Munch. Defined expressionism. No painter in my opinion could really put his angst and suffering onto a canvas as well as Edvard Much did. Case in point, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS PAINTINGS, EVER. - JoLeKosovo

22 Peter Paul Rubens

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

23 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

24 Gustav Klimt

The Kiss will be widely recognised as the defining picture of the millennia.

25 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.
26 El Greco
27 Alex Ross
28 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.

I agree with the other commenter. Nobody had such a crazy mind at that time. - JoLeKosovo

Most imaginative.

29 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.

30 Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 - April 30, 1945) 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 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.

Of course. of course he's the best artist ever. whoever wrote this is a genius

31 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.
32 Titian

Titian was the first great modern artist. He redefined all the painter's concerns.

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

33 Jean-Michel Basquiat

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

34 René Magritte

Toughie between him and Edvard Munch, but this man was just a pure visionary. Created a beautiful world of apples and women and houses... Everywhere. He showed another type of world. My favorite surrealistic painter. - JoLeKosovo

35 Georgia O' Keeffe
36 Banksy
37 Paolo Veronese
38 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.
39 Paul Gauguin Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a French post-Impressionist artist. more.
40 Juan Gris
41 Briton Riviere

Paintings of loving animals... - williamb

42 Albrecht Dürer
43 Joan Miró Joan Miró i Ferrà (20 April 1893 – 25 December 1983) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. more.
44 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!

45 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.
46 Diego Rivera
47 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.

#45? What a joke. I know this list is not about influence, but come on. He invented a genre. FROM SCRATCH. And I shouldn't say genre. It's a TYPE of painting. Just one of the two kinds of paintings. Invented. From scratch. I'm not a fan of abstract art, but Kandinsky was certainly a misunderstood genius. - JoLeKosovo

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

48 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.
49 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.

Nighthawks, Automate, Gas and many others are vary great pieces of 20th century art. And know daubing that Nighthawks is One of the greatest and most well known panting's of all time. Ad more than a mater of daunt that EDward Hopper shughd be on this list

50 Norman Rockwell
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