101 Fine Artists Everyone Should Know

I have yet another list here.  This is meant to inspire you.  For those of you who like to make comics, it’s good to read what’s out there.  But there’s the old adage that you should look outside your area of interest to find new ideas.  Think about it: if you want to make comics but read nothing but comics, you can only recycle what has already been produced.  That can lead to stagnation.

So why not look at the world of fine art?  Go to a museum, swing by your local library or surf the Web to find out about fine artists out there who made oil paintings, print, statues, etc.  I had to do that myself.  For a long time, I just drew upon nothing but newspaper comics.  My work started to get stale and I felt I was going nowhere.  That’s what led to me research fine art.  I was able to rediscover one of my favorite artists, Paul Klee.

Anyway, let’s get onto the list now.  Just like with my list of 101 cartoonists – this is not meant to be a comprehensive list.  It would be next to impossible to include every single fine artist out there within a single blog post…or even in a single blog for that matter.  No disrespect is intended to artists (living and dead) not included on this list.

  1. Piet Mondrian
  2. Pablo Picasso
  3. Vincent Van Gogh
  4. Leonardo Da Vinci
  5. Paul Klee
  6. Claude Monet
  7. Salvador Dali
  8. Henri Matisse
  9. Andy Warhol
  10. Jackson Pollock
  11. Willem De Kooning 
  12. Alexander Calder
  13. Georgia O’Keefe
  14. Gustav Klimt
  15. Albrecht Durer
  16. Max Ernst
  17. Juan Gris
  18. Mark Rothko
  19. Mary Cassatt
  20. Edgar Degas
  21. Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
  22. Henri Toulouse Lautrec
  23. Jasper Johns
  24. Henri Rousseau
  25. Takashi Murakami
  26. Roy Lichtenstein
  27. Paul Cezanne
  28. Edward Hopper
  29. Titian
  30. M.C. Escher
  31. Carvaggio
  32. HR Giger
  33. Hiroshige
  34. James Ensor
  35. Hokusai
  36. N.C. Wyeth
  37. Andrew Wyeth
  38. Norman Rockwell
  39. John Singer Sargent
  40. Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin
  41. Georges Braque
  42. Gustave Courbet
  43. George Seurat
  44. Chuck Close
  45. Jeffrey Koons
  46. Barnett Newman
  47. Frank Stella
  48. Michaelangelo
  49. Jamie Wyeth
  50. Ad Reinhardt
  51. Wassily Kandinsky
  52. Edvard Munch
  53. Thomas Eakins
  54. Paul Gauguin
  55. Francisco Goya
  56. Marcel Duchamp
  57. Rene Magritte
  58. Spencer Gore
  59. JMW Turner
  60. Peter Hurd
  61. Jacques Villon
  62. Graham Sutherland
  63. David Hockney
  64. Basquiat
  65. Hans Hofmann
  66. Milton Resnick
  67. Helen Frankenthaler
  68. Lavinia Fontana
  69. Mary Beale
  70. Nicholas Poussin
  71. Balthus
  72. Bethe Morisot
  73. Lucy Bacon
  74. Tamara De Lempicka
  75. Hajime Sorayama
  76. Jonathan Eastman Johnson
  77. John Leone
  78. Paula McArdle
  79. Jan Van Eyck
  80. Pieter Brueghel the Elder
  81. Hans Holbein the Younger
  82. Hieronymous Bosch
  83. John Bauer
  84. Franz Marc
  85. August Macke
  86. Edouard Manet
  87. Diego Rivera
  88. Otto Dix
  89. Marc Chagall
  90. Peter Paul Rubens
  91. Ronnie Landfield
  92. Paul Signac
  93. Diego Velasquez
  94. Gary Panter
  95. Grant Wood
  96. Thomas Hart Benton
  97. Albert Pinkham Ryder
  98. Jose Clemente Orozco
  99. Morris Louis
  100. James Abbott McNeill Whistler
  101. John Constable
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I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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