Knowing a lot about art is nice, but it is usually just as helpful to learn about the artists themselves. This is the list of the most influential artists that the world has ever seen. Now, a short list like this can’t possibly contain everything that someone needs to know, or every artist that has had a big influence on the world of art. However, this list is a really good starting point for anyone that wants to get a good idea of how much of an impact someone has had on the world of art in general. Here we go: The most famous and influential visual artists of all time!
The impressionist painter Paul Cezanne was so influential that he is now called the “Father of Modern Art.” That’s pretty serious stuff for any artist to be the “father” of any genre. But why was he so influential, do you ask? Cezanne was fascinated with breaking down the objects that he painted into the simplest forms that he could. He wanted to portray objects as the human eye sees them; he didn’t want to add fancy forms to them. He just wanted to make them look simple and cater to basic perception. Picasso was a student of Cezanne’s forms, and often imitated his style. He learned from the best!
Ok, this guy may not fall very well under the “famous” part, but he certainly is influential and has influenced artists that you’ve certainly heard of. Duchamp did not create much artwork himself, but the art that he created was very impressive for the time. He was the first real practitioner of “surrealist” art, influencing everyone from Salvador Dali to Max Ernst. His art was dream-based and psychologically influenced. His art made people take a closer look at what they considered to be “art,” and made people think more carefully about what being an artist meant.
Vincent Van Gogh
Now, back to people that you’ve definitely heard of! Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most influential artists in the entire history of art. Vincent Van Gogh was one of the best practitioners of Impressionism. Van Gogh did not become an artist until very late in his career, but he painted more than 800 paintings over the course of his career after he really got started. Van Gogh had a better understanding of colors and how they related to one another than almost any artist since his time. He has continued to inspire artists today, both impressionistic and realistic.Comments Off on Famous Visual Art Artists Through Time