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The most famous painters ever.

Updated on December 1, 2014

Best painters of all time

Can you choose the best 10 painters of all time ? Can you compare Leonardo Da Vinci with Vincent Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso with Cave Paintings ?

A top 10 list of the best painters of all time is not easily made. There are so many great artists to choose from. So many creative innovating painters that it probably always will be a personal list. But for a long time Leonardo and Van Gogh, Picasso and M.C. Escher, Vermeer, Rembrandt and Michelangelo where on the list of the best painters. If you look at the popularity ratings.

I will give you 2 lists of the top 10 painters of all time. A list of the 10 most popular painters and my own personal top 10 best painters ever.

You yourself may have a different list, or divide the list in art, modern art and contemporary art.

In the end we probably conclude that it is a bit of a silly question, like what is your favorite food. Well mine happens to be cheese fondue but, not on a hot summer night, to me it's more something for in the winter.

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Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali
Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali

The three most populair painters.

Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali

First I'll start of with the three most popular painters. Without any doubt these are Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh and Salvador Dali.

Three completely different painters. And hardly comparible. Had Vincent van Gogh such a brilliiant technique that he could paint the Mona Lisa ? Nope. Did Salvador Dali had the vigorous, raw energy of Vincent van Gogh which made his paintings so famous ? Nope, They all had there own specific skills and vision towards the arts, and that's what made them unique and artists in the first place.

And what does it mean that they are the top 3 painters of the public ? Does this mean they are also the best ? I doubt it. But that's the fun of these lists, they make you wonder about art. they show us the value of taste and the influence of commerce. Why are these three artists in the top ten of best artists ever ?

In the case of Van Gogh, his diary and sad life story definitely adds to his fame. Leonardo da Vinci was besides painter a creative inventor as well. And he certainly was a genius who inspired many other artists.

Dali, well he was a character. His moustache and his whole life captures our imagination.

As by many famous artists, it's not only the work that make's them special, but also the life's they've lead.

Number 1 : Leonardo da Vinci - The most famous artist ever.

Lady with an Ermine
Lady with an Ermine

Leonardo da Vinci : maybe the most famous artist ever

Leonardo Da Vinci :

Leonardo da Vinci was an artist living in the golden age of the Renaissance, being a complete homo universalis and ever studying nature.

Leonardo did not make a lot of paintings in his life, and even less are finished. Because he liked to explore new things, developed new techniques and inventions. For instance, The Last Supper, which he made in Milan, has been in a terrible stage for ages, the painting was terribly done, technically wise. After a few years of completion The Last Supper already started to decay. This because Leonardo tried new techniques here. Compared with the fresco's of Michelangelo, The Last supper is terribly made.

But that said, the sketches, the livelihood of each disciple, the clever construction of the composition, which even led to the best seller "the da vinci code" makes up for the technique.

Of course besides his skill as a painter we know him as well as an inventor. Exploring machinery, helicopters,tanks even a bicycle. He truly was a Homo Universalis. A scientist, artist and thinker. To me his drawings are the most exceptional of all.

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan

Number 2 : Vincent van Gogh - A cafe at night

caffee and stars at night vincent van gogh painting
caffee and stars at night vincent van gogh painting

Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (3 Volume Set)
The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (3 Volume Set)

An amazing story written down in the private letters of Vincent van Gogh. Through his writtings we understand how he thought and struggled with his art. An unique book.

 

Vincent van Gogh the most famous Dutch Artist living in France

Vincent Van Gogh : Probably most well known for cutting his ear off and drinking to much absinthe... Vincent van Gogh is one off those man in history full of mystery, misery, heroism and individualism. He would be a good character role for a movie nowadays. That said though, he did make beautiful paintings, like the starry night and the cypresses.

His story is well known because of his letters to his brother Theo are well kept. Probably the letters ad up to the fame of van Gogh as well. You can read about his health problems, artistic choices and social relations. Van Gogh was a man with a pasion which is reflected in his work. Paintings made with a very personal point of view towards the world.

Van Gogh's Letters: The Mind of the Artist in Paintings, Drawings, and Words, 1875-1890
Van Gogh's Letters: The Mind of the Artist in Paintings, Drawings, and Words, 1875-1890

An complete book full of sketches, drawings and paintings of Van Gogh including text from his letters.

 

Number 3 : Salvador Dali - Surealism - a master mind

The Persistence of Memory - Salvador Dali
The Persistence of Memory - Salvador Dali

The Famous Spanish Painter Salvador Dali was well known for his surrealistic paintings

Salvador Dali : Ah, good old Salvador, a painter with a personal language, like all good artists, personally I'm not a fan of his work, but he is definitely one of the most famous painters around. His strange and grotesque deformations of bodies and objects are well known. The watch, melting on branch, elephants with long skinny legs, The pictures are sometimes disturbing and are shifting there forms. A skull made out women, his surreal surroundings make us think and wonder about our own world. Is it real or is it just a dream. a perpetual possibility.

Number 4 : Rembrandt van Rijn - master of the light

Rembrandt van Rijn : Very superstitious, writings on the wall.
Rembrandt van Rijn : Very superstitious, writings on the wall.

Rembrandt a great Dutch master of the Golden Age

Rembrandt, ah master of the light. Theater director par excellence. His canvas was a stage, and drama was his middle name. He knew all the tricks of the trade, How to capture the eye of the beholder, how to create emotion and life by a simple brushstroke. He played with light, fully aware of it's emotional impact. Dark obscure corners that play with your imagination. The light focused on the center of attention. Rembrandt van Rijn was an architect building his paintings with light beams and dark matter.

Number 5 : Pablo Picasso - A modern way of painting

Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso

The most famous painter of Modern Art : Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso : A woman, a bull and and Cuernica. Picasso had a huge inpact on modern painting. His ideas about space and expression changed the landscape of the arts. A canvas was no longer a flat surface and if you wanted depth, you had to use perspective. No Picasso through awai perspective, but still was able to create space and depth. By painting a portrait en face and en profile at the same time. (Like in the modern movies where the camera circles around the hero, think of Nero in The MAtrix)

Pablo Picasso painted mainly woman and bulls, but he made an magnificent work about the Spanish war, Cuernica is a modern masterpiece, comparable with Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. Picasso puts so much emotion into the large canvas that it's almost overwhelming. Like the terrible emotions that accompanies wars probably will be.

Number 6 : Johannes Vermeer - The mystery painter

Girl with pearl earring
Girl with pearl earring

Johannes Vermeer : The Dutch artist who painted small paintings as master pieces

Johannes Vermeer, a master of the arts, mysterious. There are no known drawings by his hand. We only know about his paintings. The girl with the Pearl Earring is the northern Mona Lisa. She's quit, mystical almost. Jus like the Mona Lisa, she keeps her thoughts to herself. Johannes Vermeer played with light too, but on a different level then Rembrandt. The two couldn't be more different. All the paintings of Vermeer are like silent scenes, even those where there is a music being played. The paintings are devote and almost holy. In contrast of the paintings of Rembrandt, where the players are over acting sometimes. Johannes Vermeer is maybe not as famous as Rembrandt but he should definitely be in the top 10 of best painters of all time

The Girl with the Pearl Earing

Vermeer: The Complete Works - Painter of the girl with the pearl earring

Number 7 : Pieter Paul Rubens

Pieter Paul Rubens
Pieter Paul Rubens

Pieter Paul Rubens: The famous Belgian Painter with a frivolous brush stroke

Rubens, Pieter Paul Rubens and his round well shaped ladies. If Rubens lived today, he would be horrified by the stick insects walking the cat walk and showing the latest fashion. No not skinny models for Rubens. Rubens probably could have a long and in depth conversation with Robert Crumb, about the shape of the lady in person. And he probably would agree with R. Crumb that the bean shape would be best.

Yes Rubens loved woman and he uses many Greek stories as an excuse to paint them in abundance. He was a brilliant painter, exorbitant and vividly. He was also a noble merchant and his whole studio was full of apprentances learning the secrets of the painting trade.

Master Painter Pieter Paul Rubens - One of the famous painters

In contrast of Johannes Vermeer who only painted a couple of paintings, Pieter Paul Rubens painted over a 2000 pictures, drawings not counted.

Number 8 : Wassily Kandinski - The first abstract watercolor

The first abstract watercolor
The first abstract watercolor

Kandisky : a Modern Master of the early 20th century.

Wassily Kandinsky : Known for the first abstract painting he became an icon of modernism. Although it's always doubtful to give somebody such a credit (there where more, but less known painters painting abstract works around this time) he still was one influential painter and gave a start to the abstract movement. A movement that went to all kinds of directions, from Malevich and his constructivism up to Abstract Expressionism of Willem The Kooning. Abstract art is here to stay. I gave painting a new impulse, and art as a whole as well. It was not longer necessary to use figurative elements to express the feelings and ideas of the artists. Like music, which was of great importance in the work of Wassily Kandinsky, art became abstract.

Number 9 : Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni - The Sistine Chapel

The Creation of Adam : Michaelangelo
The Creation of Adam : Michaelangelo

Mischelangelo famous master of the Sistine Chapel.

Mischelangelo : Mmm... personally I think he was not such a good painter, but a brilliant sculptor and draftsman. His drawings are superb and amazing, but his paintings lack finesse in tone and character. His giants of the Sistine Chapel always looked grotesque and over done to me. He was showing of, and by doing so he forgot to put character in the paintings, it's to fake for me.

But that said, I could not have done it myself, no way... And how he painted the Sistine Chapel in such a short time is amazing. Using the Fresco technique is difficult and you have to work fast. So it definitely is a a miracle, but not my taste. I love his drawings though and sculptures. But Michelangelo definitely has to be on the list of the 10 best painters ever.

His experimentation with bodies, gestures and movement are unique and outstanding. A special artist all together.

Rare footage of Wassily Kandinsky Painting - Take a close look at the master painter Wassily Kandinsky

Number 10 : Sigmar Polke - The Contemporary Master

Sigmar Polke
Sigmar Polke

Sigmar Polke : Alchemist and an influential modern painter

Sigmar Polke : A painter not well known to the wide public but he had a huge influence on the artists who are working today. His eclectic style showed the artworld and a new generation of artists that painting wasn't dead as was declared in the 70's. Sigmar Polke, together with Gerhard Richter gave the public something refreshing to look at.

Of course during the 80's there where Baselitz and Immendorf, but to me they are miner players in art history. Sigmar Polke was not only extremely technicaly good, he was a real master in the trade and was often compared with the old Alchemists of Newtons time. But Polke also had the bright intellect to give his paintings not only a dozen or so layers of paint but also a dozen different layers of meaning. Images from newspapers and cartoons go together with images of war and reality.

He also had a good self reflection, and the titles of his works and exhibitions shows his wit. Titles like : "The three lies of painting", "Sigmar Polke: History of Everything" One of the best titles for a painting ever is "I Live in My Own World, but It's OK, They Know Me Here" -

Sigmar Polke: Alibis at Tate Modern

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best painters ever

My personal list of best modern painters

Top 10 list of best painters ever.

As said, to make a list of the best painters ever is difficult. Above I gave a list of most the popular painters. These though are not always may personal choice!!!!

So here they is my personal list of the painters I find most interesting.

1. Sigmar Polke

2. Francis Bacon

3. Francis Picabia

4. Fransisco Goya

5. Antoni Tapies

6. Willem de Kooning

7. Philip Guston

8. Pablo Picasso

9. Henri Matisse

10 Lucio Fontana

The best Modern Art Museums of the world. - Great websites to explore

It's not always possible to go to a museum. Luckily the great modern art museums of the world do have websites. Now you can get the taste of modern art by visiting the modern art museum websites. I made a list of links of modern art museums to visit. Enjoy.

Would you make a different list ? Is there one painter in particular that deserves to be in the top ten.

What do you think. Hope you liked the lens.

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      I did enjoy your lens & like to share some interesting things about some of the painters (and paintings) you mentioned.

      1) Leonardo's "Last Supper" - the paint began peeling almost as soon as Leonardo finished it. Cause? Certainly the building was damp, which was bad for frescos at any time, but the "Last Supper" fresco was particularly fragile. Frecos need to be painted with waterbased paints because frescos are painted directly onto wet plaster. The plaster is the canvas, a waterbased paint 'blends' with the water in that 'canvas' so merging the two together. But oil based paint fails. It certainly failed when Leonardo used it for the "Last Supper" fresco.

      2) Van Gogh: Van Gogh DID NOT commit suicide! Art historians have discovered that he was shot by two local boys in what the historians describe as "a game of cowboys gone wrong." The boys were in the habit of harassing Van Gogh, and this 'pistol play' was the last in a string of incidents. Stupidly, Van Gogh decided he 'ought' to spare the boys facing the consequences of their actions, so he claimed that he had shot himself. Even at the time, people ought to have said "That's nonsense." As the art historians point out, guns weren't easy to get in France at that time, Van Gogh could never have obtained one and he was known not to have one. So how could he have got the gun 'he used to shoot himself'? And what should be said about those disgraceful local bullies? At the very least, they robbed the world of an artist who had plenty more to do in the world.

      3) Salvador Dali: I remember seeing him on TV shortly before he died, amazing he was alive so 'recently' (as it were). He still had the trademark moustache. Current scholarly discussion about Dali centers on the subject of: How much is Dali a 'construct' that Dali created and how much of Dali is Dali?

      4) Rembrandt: Remebrandt is probably THE Dutch painter that most people know, but he was one of the (most famous) artists in a country rich with great artists. The period in which Remebrandt worked is known as the Golden Age of Dutch Art, not only for his paintings but for works by contemporaries (and near contemporaries) like Cuyp and Vemeer.

      5) Picasso: A few years ago, an art critic wrote an article about Picasso's art, this critic having been a frequent houseguest of the artist. Roughly, the critic said that Picasso's art was 'overintellectualised' by other critics. He cited one work, an (apparently) standing woman with her arms and legs outstretched. Other critics concocted various theories as to the artist's meaning, ie 'study of human movement' etc. This critic said "It's a woman doing the Charleston" (a popular dance of the day). Picasso (said the critic) simply painted a picture of a woman doing the Charleston, because it amused him. The theories came later.

      6) Vermeer: The quiet contemplative nature of (nearly all) Vermeer's works is timeless. One of the Dutch Golden Age Artists, Vermeer created his works with the help of a 'camera obscura'. This (roughly) is a device that projects a real life scene onto a screen or canvas (though upside down). Vermeer then painted-in the scene. Art experts can use this to separate real Vermeers from fakes: A scene painted with the help of camera obscura appears, on close inspection, to be comprised of millions+ points of light, like the dots that create (eg) a newspaper photograph. As well as interior scenes featuring 1 to 3 people, Vermeer also painted a number of landscapes.

      7) Rubens: The difficulty for me with Rubens' art is that this artist was so often paid to create 'lavish spectacles of glory' for somewhat unglorious people that it's difficult to see where the art came in. For instance, when Catherine de Medici married the King of France, Rubens was hired to make a series of pictures illustrating her life. He was somewhat stumped for material. The Medicis didn't value the 'small beauties of everyday living' (contrast that to the Dutch!), they wanted pagentry and spectacle. Rubens resorted to inventing it - the series includes a painting which shows Catherine being schooled "on Mt Parnassus by the Muses" (what's wrong with the ol' schoolroom?) and another showing her arriving in France being serenaded by sea-sirens (and everything else in Neptune's court).

      9) Michelangelo: Definitely influential, though art historians point out that his painted (and also sculpted) figures are not anatomically accurate. The limbs of Michelangelo's figures are out-of-scale to the rest of the bodies. Sometimes the effect is monumental, on other occasions the figures look as though they should spend more time working on their Mensa scores and less on their biceps. Michelangelo learnt a great deal from his rival (and contemporary) Raphael who in turn learnt almost everything from his pioneering predecessor Giorgione.

      One artist who I would include on a Top 10 Painters list is: W. Blake - printer, poet and painter. Drawing on Michelangelo's example, Blake created masterpieces of spiritual vision and of art. He also was a pioneering printer, had the voice of an angel and a great wit. I've dedicated a lens to him (and some of his work) at: https://hubpages.com/literature/william-blake-a-so...

      I have truly enjoyed reading your lens; thanks for sharing and giving me an opportunity to share in return.

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      @Sher Ritchie: Hi SRichieable - Thank you for the "rich" comment. I'm aware of most of what you wrote down. Except for Rubens. I'm not directly a fan of his work, but he's definitely extremely skillful. The theory about the boys and the gun. I wonder. Where did those boys get a gun ?

      Yes William Blake could be a good runner up. Just like Francis Bacon, Albrecht Durer, Henri Matisse,Mondriaan and Hieronymus Bosch.

      Again thank you for your comment, I will put some more information about the artist on the lens and perhaps make a runners up list.

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      CnickTuigsinn 4 years ago

      I love Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Rubens.

      Salvador Dali was definitely expressive in his work, which is almost always thought provoking. But there are times when that expressiveness can be overbearing. I usually mention Dali when I explain to young that you can break the 'don't stick the subject in the middle of the canvas rule' if you have a strong composition structured to keep the visual path coming back. For that I owe him.

      We'll just have to disagree on Michelangelo, which is good 'cause diversity rocks. I find his tones wonderfully subtle. I agree about the proportions of his humans being long, but I see Mannerism in his work and not necessarily mistakes.

      C.nick

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      PeterStip 4 years ago

      @CnickTuigsinn: Hi CnickTuigsinn, thanks for your opinions, Yes I agree with Dali. Personally I find him a bit boring. You see a picture, technical well painted, but soon you get the gist of what he wants to say and it becomes a solved crossword puzzle. A picture without a challenge.

      It's always difficult to make atop 10 list of the best painters. This list is not my personal list, but more based apon popularity. My personal art list would probably include, Francis Bacon, Goya, Turner, Philip Guston and Sigmar Polke.

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      CnickTuigsinn 4 years ago

      @PeterStip: You're welcome. I personally like the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the Luminists, I know some people who don't though. I'm also a fan of Chiaroscuro, so I'm fond of Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi.

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      where did those boys get a gun?? hmmmmmm... favorite artist I fear is deeply rooted in my fickle mood system; sufficient to say, I love art museums and often feel tempted to ~accidentally get locked up in one for a night or two;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      LOL, Cezanne, Matisse and Monet? Cezanne deserves the 4th place. Matisse and Monet 8th and 10th

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      PeterStip 4 years ago

      @anonymous: About Matisse, your probably true. He will be in my favorite list as well. Cezanne and Monet, I'm not sure. Although they have always been given a lot of credits in art history books...will give it a thought though, thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      mf hussain is the best for me because he was the god of paintings

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      Myreda Johnson 4 years ago from Ohio USA

      I like Kandinski.

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      AlexBPearl 4 years ago

      nice eclectic mix of works.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Where is Heirymonous Bosch? Never seen anything with so much hatred, detail, aggression and emotion as his paintings. His Canvas' are almost a history of mankind

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      PeterStip 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're right, there are some painters that are left out. A top 10 of the best painters hardly impossible. Painters like Hieronymus Bosch or Fra Angelico, Hans Holbein, Francisco de Goya just to name a few should have been named too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      the top 10 most famous, i think

      1) leonardo di vinci

      2) Vincent Van gogh

      3) Pablo Picasso

      4) Hokusai

      5) Hiroshige

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There is a lot of difference between "popular" and "famous". From the very first touch with the art (say, when you are 5 year old) you got to know: Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael - nobody can't beat this trio by the "fame", thought Van Gogh and Rembradt comes close.

      As for "popular", that's another story. I somehow see that "Sistine Madonna" is by far more known and reproduced work nowadays, than any Dali ever did.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My favorite artist personally, I think Salvador Dali is the best. Of course, that is an opinion, but I feel like his painting s are playful and bring out the child in us all.

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      Tom Maybrier 4 years ago

      Caspar David Friedrich is one of my favorites. Glad to see Francis Bacon at #2, he's in my top 10 as well.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      You have a real knowledge with art.

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      LifestyleNetwork 4 years ago

      yep, difficult to make a top 10 in art...better just expose ourselves to everything available and let ourselves immerse in the experience of 'now'...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      1. Johannes Vermeer

      2. Vincent van Gogh

      3. Leonardo da Vinci

      4. Rembrandt van Rijn

      5. Paul Cezanne

      6. Edouard Manet

      7. Edward Hopper

      8. Diego Velazquez

      9. Jan van Eyck

      10. Frederic Edwin Church

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Robert Gonsalves. I have a lens about him here on Squidoo. He's amazing, not as out there as Dali, but still unusual.

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      PeterStip 4 years ago

      @anonymous: wow, great top ten list, Jan van Eyck certainly deserves a place among the hall of fame

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      In no particular order:

      Jean-Michel Basquiat

      Vincent van Gogh

      Paul Cezanne

      Pablo Picasso

      Eugene Delacroix

      Salvador Dali

      Banksy

      Chuck Close

      William Blake

      Leonardo da Vinci

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Top ten of all time:

      1. Rembrandt

      2. Velazquez

      3. Rafael

      4. Michaelangelo

      5. Leonardo da Vinci

      6. Rubens

      7. Picasso

      8. El Greco

      9. Vermeer

      10. Jan Van Eyck

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      PeterStip 4 years ago

      @anonymous: wow yes Velazquez an El Greco are definitely worth mentioning in the list of top 10 painters ever.

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      PeterStip 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Great Auz, nice to see a personal list. Bansky is fun and Basquiat is rogue painter number 1 ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      M.C. Escher is my personal favorite

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hard to narrow in down to 10 but these twenty perhaps?

      1. Pablo Picasso

      2. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

      3. Francisco José de Goya

      4. Wassily Kandinsky

      5. JMW Turner

      6. Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)

      7. Ãdouard Manet

      8. Leonardo da Vinci

      9. Mark Rothco

      10. Duccio di Buoninsegna

      11. Paul Klee

      12. Henri Mattise

      13. Rembrandt van Rijn

      14. Claude Monet

      15. Albrecht Dürer

      16. Giotto di Bondone

      17. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

      18. Duccio di Buoninsegna

      19. Diego Velázquez

      20. Johannes Vermeer

      Can't find room for van Gogh or Dali.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I notice that there are no women on this list?!

      - Frida Kahlo

      - Kathe Kolwittz

      - de Lempica

      - Georgia O'Keeffe

      -......?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My top ten artists in no particular order... van Gogh, brush strokes, feeling, mood, color; Picasso, the Miles Davis of art, so many periods; Matisse, the beauty of simplicity, rich color; Pollack, like no other, controversy, love it or hate it; Rothko, the journey to color and shape, removing all barriers; Kandinsky, the artist as an engineer; Basquiat, a re-definition of art, bold and wonder ;Klimt, beauty, construction, emotion; Rembrandt, a master; da Vinci, Mona Lisa, need more be said? Others: Goya, Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Michelangelo, Rockwell, Dali

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Really very interesting article-My favourite is L.da Vinci

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I like so many, but one of my favorites is Henri Matisse.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What an excellent and diverse gallery you have created for all to enjoy...I enjoy many artists and styles, including everyone who has joined you here. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i think M.F. Hussian is also a great one ,he should be in top 10 list .he is also one of my favorite artist

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      For a Top Ten List, I would definitely say you given honor to whom honor is due. Great lens!

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      PeterStip 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you Cmoneyspinner, although a list of best painters of all time still remains a personal choice. There are much more artists I would have liked to add.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Michael Rittstein, Andrew Wyeth, Lucian Freud, Pieter Claesz, Velasquez, Karel Appel, John William Waterhouse.

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      PeterStip 4 years ago

      @anonymous: wow, interesting personal choice of actors. Karel Appel is a bit of an odd one out, but that's great. My list of personal favorite painters is also a mixture of realistic and abstract painting.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      For me Francis Bacon would definitely be number 1!

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      Of course I can think of others, but this is a great starter list. It is always a personal matter to choose who you think best. This was a great and fascinating list.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      It's good to see a Squidoo lens that is promoting the Arts; thank you. From your list, I admire the work of Vermeer, and other Dutch artists of this period. In Britain, I admire the work of Hogarth, and then the later the pre-Raphaelite painters, particularly Holman Hunt.

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      I have more than one favourite - as you indicate at the beginning of the lens painters have different things to offer and for me it is as difficult to separate one as chalk and cheese. If pushed I would probably choose Kandinsky, but only under protest.

      I didn't see any mention of Cezanne, another of my favourites.

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      PeterStip 3 years ago

      @John Dyhouse: Yes Cezanne was a runner up. problem with a list of 10 is...there are only 10 places. It is always a personal list and although Cezanne is according to the art critics a key player in modern painting I chose other artists with an impact on the arts or the society.

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      ee 22 months ago

      Diego Velazquez is the best painter spanish

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