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10 Influential Modern Art Artists And Their Masterpieces

When it comes to Modern Art, it’s worth mentioning that this was the time that stood with some incredible and outstanding artworks. To make this guide compelling, we have listed some of the most famous influential Modern Art artists and their masterpieces. 

So without further ado, let’s check out the most famous artists of Modern Art and their fascinating masterpieces.

Georgia O’Keeffe

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Georgia O’Keeffe or also known as the “Mother of American Modernism,” was one of the most prominent American Modern Art artists of all time. She was born in 1887 and died in 1986. Unfortunately, she couldn’t make it to her 100th birthday.

It is known that Georgia became the leading power of American Modernism. That’s because she pushed all boundaries of the then perceived values of modern art. What was unique about her paintings was that she utilized both abstraction and representation in her painting style.

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She was most famous for her “Black Iris III” painting depicted in 1926. It illustrates a close-up view of beautiful flowers, drawn with a substantial amount of abstraction. Not only she was one of the most Modern Art prominent figures in America, but she was also one of the most influential figures of 20th-century art.

Moreover, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor, the most significant civilian honor in America. We highly recommend checking out her other incredible paintings.

Jackson Pollock

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When it comes to Abstract Expressionism, and drip painting, there wouldn’t be a better Modern Art artist than Jackson Pollock. Born in 1912, he died in 1956. He is also known as “Jack the dripper” due to its painting style.

Drip painting features a particular and unique style of painting. It literally illustrates pouring paint onto the canvas. That specific style of painting became popular after World War II.

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Jackson was the most famous practitioner of drip painting. He later became one of the most prominent figures of 20th-century modern art. Due to his drip painting skills, he was able to illustrate strong emotional content through abstract paintings. He is famous for his painting named “Number 5, 1948.” 

For those who like the abstract world, we definitely recommend checking out other Jackon’s masterpieces. His artworks can absolutely serve as an enormous inspiration.

Henri Matisse

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Henri Matisse, or also known as one of the greatest rivalries and friends of Pablo Picasso. He was one of the most crucial figures in 20th-century modern art, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. He was born in 1869, and he died in 1954. Many people believe that he was the most celebrated colorist painter of the 20th century. He was a leading figure in the Fauvism art movement, which illustrates vivid expressionism and a non-naturalistic use of color. 

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He is widely popular for his “Dance” portrait depicted in 1910. It illustrates a group of men dancing in a circle. What makes this image special is the vivid use of color that Matisse professionally utilizes along with his painting skills.

Both Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso excelled in each other’s artworks. That’s why they both became the most essential figures in Modern Art.

Henri Matisse serves as an inspiration to a wide array of fresh and prolific artists. That’s why we highly recommend checking out his other masterpieces too.

Wassily Kandinsky

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Initially a teacher of law and economics, Wassily quit his stable career to pursue his passion for modern art. Later this earned him the nickname “Father of Abstract Art.” And as the name suggests, he was a leading figure in Abstract Art. His artworks became famous in the early years of the 20th century. And he stands out from this competition with some of his incredible masterpieces, depicting music in an abstract nature. Most of his artworks were called “compositions,” which shows his passion for music.

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Besides his fascinating artworks, Wassily was also very prominent due to its profound art theory books. All this left a massive impact on the new generation of artists. Wassily has great merit for moving art away from traditional values and towards to the abstract world.

All Wassily’s books and masterpieces serve as an inspiration to thriving abstract-focused artists. We absolutely recommend checking some of his books.

Claude Monet

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Claude Monet was the founder of the art movement Impressionism. He was born in 1840, and he died in 1926. Impressionism is an art movement highlighting vivid colors and precise moments of situations.

Claude was a leading figure in that art movement. The name of the art movement comes from his widely famous painting, “Impressionism, Sunrise.”

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What’s unique about Monet is that he wanted to push the boundaries of traditional art. Thus he expressed strong emotions through vivid colors, light, and shapes.

Claude Monet is the most prominent French Modern Art artist. He is also considered to be one of the greatest painters alongside Matisse, Picasso, and Duchamp.

Vincent Van Gogh

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Vincent Van Gogh, possibly the most celebrated artist of the Western art world, became famous a decade after his death. He was born in 1853 and died in 1890, murdering himself. Unfortunately, he had a hard and tough life due to his mental instability. After shooting himself twice in the chest, he remained in agony for 2 days. After that, he passed away.

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However, he boasts with over 2,100 artworks, which include landscapes, still life, portraits, and self-portraits. He was the most skilled artist in using bold colors, depicting rough beauty, and expressing emotional honesty. 

One of his most notable masterpieces is “The Starry Night ‘and is probably seen by the whole world. Vincent Van Gogh was simply one of a kind artist, and we highly suggest checking out his other incredible paintings.

Andy Warhol

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You’ve probably heard about the “King of Pop” (Michael Jackson), who was also a great musical artist. But let me introduce you to the “Pope of Pop,” Andy Warhol. Widely famous for his paintings in the Pop Art ages. 

When he first released his artworks, they weren’t widely accepted. That’s because he opposed the then most influential art movement – Abstract Expressionism. No matter the case, he is probably the most prolific and prominent American artist of the 20th century. What’s unique about his masterpieces is that his paintings were sold as one of the most expensive artworks in the world.

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Andy Warhol was born in 1928 and died in 1987. Compared to other Modern Art artists, he comes from “the new generation” of artists.

Andy broadly explored the variety of media, including painting, filming, sculpture, and more. We definitely suggest checking all of his artworks to get a grasp of how some of the most expensive artworks in the world look like.

Salvador Dali

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If imagination is your strong side, then we definitely recommend checking Salvador Dali’s artworks. He was a Spanish Surrealist artist, born in 1903 and died in 1989. He was a leading figure in Surrealism. Surrealism was an art movement that opposed and rejected the perceived values of Realism and Post-Realism.

Salvador Dali managed to depict the most prominent painting in the Surrealism movement. Hence became one of the most influential artists of that time. He used the paranoiac-critical method to paint “The Persistence Of Memory.” 

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In his images and paintings, Dali depicts elephants with brittle legs symbolizing weightlessness. Ants symbolize decay and death. And the most attractive images he uses are melting watches, expressing nonlinear human perception of time. 

Salvador Dali is a unique figure in 20th-century art and is definitely worth checking his paintings out.

Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo, probably the most renowned and famous female artist, suffered major injuries in a bus accident and had a tough life. She was born in 1907 and died in 1954. By origin, she was a Mexican. When she was lying in hospital after the bus crash, she started painting self-portraits. That was the time when she abandoned her primary career in medicine and started following his passion for painting.

She was widely known for her self-portraits, which included injuries and psychological wounds. She stated, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

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One of her most popular masterpieces is “The Two Fridas.” It depicts two women with Frida’s face, connected through a bond straight from their hearts.

Frida Kahlo is one of the unusual artists that will absolutely deliver a substantial amount of inspiration to new artists.

Pablo Picasso

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You’ve definitely heard about Pablo Picasso before. And that’s because he was the most famous artist in the world while he was still alive. And even after, he successfully gets the title “The Greatest Artist Ever Lived.”

He managed to assemble over 1900 paintings throughout his whole life and co-pioneered for the Cubism art movement. Cubist art illustrates a subject in a multitude of different perspectives to give it more exceptional content, which takes the movement closer to the abstract world.

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A couple of Picasso’s paintings are among the most expensive ones. However, his most prominent paintings are currently held by museums.

Pablo Picasso is the most influential Modern Art artist. Checking out his other paintings will undoubtedly bring you inspiration.

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