Top 10 Best and Most Famous Western Painters of All Time

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best and Most Famous Western Painters of All Time till 2017. The world is ever-changing and so is the style of art and how it is created. There are some artists, however, that have superseded time and have inspired artists as well as art itself. Many great artists were misunderstood in their time. Others were not considered great until long after their passing. Yet, they all have one thing in common; they have touched the lives of many and showed us emotion not only on the canvas, but the emotion that lives inside all of us as well. Here is a list of the Top 10 Best and Most Famous Western Painters of All Time till 2017.

List of Top 10 Best and Most Famous Western Painters of All Time till 2017

10) Rembrandt (1606-1669)

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Born Rembrandt van Rijn, he is the most known and influential Dutch painter during the Baroque period. He was an inspiration to realism in that with his portraits, he painted the truth, finding the beauty in ugliness. His depth of understanding light and shade had helped his work show the true emotions, moods, and guises through his portraits. Misunderstood in his time, especially after the terrible critique of the Night Watch, Rembrandt is know today as one of the most brilliant storytellers through art.

9) Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)

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One of the most iconic Mexican painters, Frida Kahlo, was not just an inspiration to the art world, but to women everywhere. Out of 143 paintings that she created 55 of them were self-portraits. This led her to be called the “Mother of the Selfie.” Though she considered herself a realist, her artwork was in the realm of surrealist where it portrayed the pain and emotion not only going on in Kahlo’s life, but the country in which she lived. She was a great political activist in her time along with her husband, Diego Rivera, another world renowned artist. Even after her death she became an inspiration during the feminine rights movement. Her portraits in which she proudly showed off her monobrow and mustache inspired women to love themselves for who they were; inside and out.

8)Norman Rockwell (1894- 1978)

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A realist/romantic painter during a time when the art world was moving more towards abstract, Norman Rockwell was considered by his peers as a commercial artist. Most of his artwork was seen on the covers of magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post. However, a recent critic stated that the difference between a Rockwell painting and a reprint is quite astounding. In his illustrations he captured the heart of Americana as the country took shape. On the canvas he was able to capture emotion with brush strokes and give us hope with his play with light and dark. While he may have been just a commercial artist in his time, he created over 4,000 paintings; quite an accomplishment for any artist.

7) Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)


Pollock was a major influence in Modern Art, but especially so in Abstract Expressionism. His early work in the 1930s was inspired by Native American Art, American Regionalism, Cubism, and Surrealism. It wasn’t until 1947 that he began action painting which is known as his drip period. Robert Hughes stated in Time Magazine in 1982 that a work of Pollock’s was impossible to forge. This was due to his process of layering skeins of paint as well as his dripping, splattering, and pouring process. The action painter shaped a layered dance between control and luck that created the most unique works of art. In fact, Pollock’s Number 5 is the most expensive painting selling for over 140 million dollars! His work inspired Color Field Painting and Minimalism.

6) Claude Monet (1840-1926)


A founder and influential leader in Impressionism, Monet is known for taking the ideologies of Realism and bringing them into the world of Impressionism. His study of the outdoors, nature and light led him to create what is now known as series paintings. One of his most coveted is the haystack series; showing the same haystacks under different light and weather conditions. His study of light and other conditions led to influencing artists from impressionism, post-impressionism, pointillism, symbolism and fauvism. Monet created masterpieces for over 74 years until his death in 1926.

5) Georges Seurat (1859-1891)


An inspiration for the Neo-Impressionist movement and creator of pointillism, Georges Seurat has helped artists as well as science. In fact, pointillism was a combination of art and science. He would create amazing artwork using points of color so close in proximity and layered that they would create other colors. His work in the science of color inspired the earliest of televisions and pixilation. Though his life in the art world was short, a little over a decade, his contribution to it has inspired other artists as well as art movements such as op-art.

4) Salvador Dali (1904-1989)


Spanish painter, Salvador Dali, is associated with Surrealism, though he was expelled from the group in 1934 due to his political views. Instead he focused on Dadaism with a touch of Renaissance inspiration. Dali tried to capture the imagery of the subconscious. He called this “critical paranoia” in which he could tap into the unconscious mind to cultivate delusion while trying to maintain sanity. His most famously replicated work, The Persistence of Memory, shows the battle of time slowly slipping away from all of man while being eaten away at the world around us.

3) Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)


Painter, architect, scientist, mathematician, inventor, and student of all things scientific, Leonardo da Vinci is the icon of a true “Renaissance Man”. Not only did he contribute to the Renaissance Art period, he also seemed to be a prophet in the future of science, architecture and mechanics. He was a great contributor in the world of anatomy, sketching some of the first depictions of the cardiovascular system, sex organs, and even a fetus in utero. His most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, is seen by millions each year. He was one of Top 10 Best and Most Famous Western Painters of All Time Till 2017.

2) Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)


A Dutch Painter during the Post-Impressionist movement, Van Gogh is known not only for his art, but his eccentric life as well. From eating lead paint chips to partially cutting off his own ear and eventual suicide, it was his emotions that leapt from the canvas with color, light, and brushstroke. In fact, most of his iconic works, such as Irises, was done in an insane asylum. It is said that Van Gogh’s touch with bringing his personal conflicts onto the canvas was inspiration for the Abstract Expressionism art movement.

1) Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)


The works of Spanish artist, Picasso, inspired almost every Modern Art movement known today. He also co-created the art of Cubism along with Georges Braque. Picasso created works of art for eighty out of his ninety-one years. A superstitious man, he believed that he would continue living as long as he continued to create art. He created a total of 20,000 pieces of art including sculptors, ceramics, and theater sets and costumes. He was also the first artist to use media to promote and grow his career. Picasso is known throughout the world as the man who not only revolutionized the art world, but he is also the most inspiring and celebrated artist of all time.

These are the Top 10 Best and Most Famous Western Painters of All Time till 2017. Their emotions touched the canvas with each dot, brushstroke, drip and stain. Their art has touched our lives. It has showed us who we were, who we are, and what we can become. These artists did not aspire to become great, they became great because they inspired.