Greatest Painters of All Time

The Top Ten
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. ...read more.

"Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly, the most popular great painter of all time. The most beloved. His command of colour, the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world. No one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world's greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived."
(from the Doctor Who episode Vincent and the Doctor)

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.

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

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

2 Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519) 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, ...read more.

Van Gogh is great, but Da Vinci was phenomenal. He had technique, advanced shading, unique sketching, and his overall painting was one of a kind. He's the best.

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

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

Where the hell is Bob ross?

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. ...read 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!

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.

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

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!

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. ...read more.

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 about...one would suppose. Good portfolio as well.

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

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.

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

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

6 Caravaggio
7 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.

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

The master of surrealism

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

8 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, ...read 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.

The Happy Painter. "Just add a happy ol' cloud right there..."
Paints beautiful pictures from imagination and has a lovely speaking voice.

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

He taught us the joy of painting.

9 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 ...read 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!

"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 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.

Paying virtual monet

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

The Newcomers

? Chuck Close

He used the dotted painting method (pointillism) & created the largest self portrait paintings of photorealistic details the world has ever seen. He was up with all the top painters in quality & impact & we don't have painters making paintings as large & detailed as his. His death on August 19th 2021 from congestive heart failure was without a doubt the most shocking of a public figure in the 80's of age after Neil Armstrong (the 1st man on the Moon) in 2012. There will never ever be another painter as creative as all those took others or him. He needs to be on the top 10. R.I.P. Chuck Close. The Godfather of giant paintings.

The Contenders
11 Diego Velázquez

Dramatic, touching pieces.

12 Francisco Goya
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 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 ...read more.
16 Jean Honoré Fragonard
17 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.
18 Johannes Vermeer Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer (1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. ...read 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

19 Jackson Pollock Paul Jackson Pollock, known professionally as Jackson Pollock, was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.
20 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.
21 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.
22 Peter Paul Rubens

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

23 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.
24 Gustav Klimt

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

25 Giotto di Bondone

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

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