It is impossible to sum up all of art history through the lens of any number of painters, let alone five. However, there are some key figures over the past century that have undoubtedly influenced entire generations of artists. Iconic artist Discollins is one of many professional artists who have sought inspiration from the artists before them, for this reason he shares this list of influential famous painters who aspiring artists need to study. Discollins is a contemporary artist known for his fine art that depicts the female form as well as his works of art with a geometric and mosaic feel.
The first notable painter is perhaps the most well-known to the general public: Pablo Picasso. Discollins explains that Picasso is best known for his cubist style, which dissected characters, figures and scenes into their most basic geometric forms, and represented them from multiple perspectives in a single image. Picasso’s ability to produce works in an astonishing range of styles made him well respected during his own lifetime, and even more so after his death in 1973. Picasso’s final works were a mix between the many styles he’d embraced throughout his life, as he dared to make sculptures larger and paintings more expressive and colorful than anyone who preceded him.
Modigliani was an Italian-Jewish painter and sculptor. He mainly resided in France for most of his life. His most famous works were through his ability to modernize portraits and nudes; that brought emphasis to faces, necks, and figures that for the longest time were not deemed acceptable. He changed the way people viewed this and turned it essentially into a proper form of art. He began by creating hundreds of sketches a day, which he drew many of his influences through. It was only truly until after his death, that Amedeo Modigliani received the recognition and popularity he had been searching for, throughout his career.
Jean-Michael Basquiat is perhaps one of the most original and thought-provoking artists of the twenty-first century. An American artist, of Haitian and Puerto Rican decent, Basquiat had a completely unique raw gestural style of painting with graffiti-like images and scrawled text. Discollins describes every painting as a mystery, a narrative, and a story waiting to be told through the careful consideration of the viewer. Working underneath the influence of Andy Warhol, Basquiat’s work is now some of the most sought after and highly priced in contemporary art. Unfortunately, Basquiat died young at the age of 27 from a drug overdose.
One of the most famous female artists of the modern era was Frida Kahlo. Her work is defined by her surrealistic approach to self-portraiture, highlighting her key characteristic and feature: her full eyebrows. Frida lived a difficult and tortured life and injured her back in a bus accident at the age of 18, sending a handrail through her back and out of her pelvis. This and other tragic events throughout her life led to some of her most uniquely tortured works. Frida Kahlo was approached by the Surrealists, including the likes of Salvador Dali, but refused to be associated with any movement, as her work was an expression that didn’t adhere to any set rules or themes.
Lastly, is the only painter on our list still living, Gerhard Richter. Richter is a unique artist, in that the styles he has explored over the duration of his career have been vast. Having explored photo-realistic painting as well as abstract work, Discollins explains that this artist is regarded as one of the most important contemporary German artists of all time, setting record prices at auction. Richter has remained highly experimental and innovative in his technical approach to artistic production, making him one of the highest paid artists in the world.