Category: Painting

The Most Famous Painters Of The 20th Century

To choose the topic of the art of the 20th century and all its famous painters are to choose an exciting, multifaceted, revolutionary period in the history of arts. This period represents the stage in which artists broke away from tradition and forever revolutionize the view of arts. The arts of this century took deep roots in the immediate socio-political reality and highly influential artistic and technological developments from the late 19th century. The Arts created in the 20th century was such that goes beyond its pure visual approach, hides an intellectual theory behind its mystifying façade and reaffirms and denies itself in exceptional ways.

The 20th century recorded vibrant explorations of Expressionism, Fauvism, Cubism and Constructivism, Social Realism, Dadaism, Minimalism and other art movements. Every movement had its famous painters, ones that remain unbeatable as the ultimate creators of new ideas. These painters have continued to influence the upcoming generation of talented individuals who embraced their legacy and continued their contribution to the evolution of contemporary art today. Their intelligence and intellect remain a force to be reckoned with and the very spine of the 21st-century painting. Here is the list of the most influential artist of the 20th century.

KAZIMIR MALEVICH: Kazimir Malevich is also referred to as the Supreme Artist who rebelled against the dominating Social Realism and tradition in painting. He is the legendary creator of Suprematism and colour like White on White and Black Square on White Ground which in the mid-1910s shook the art world to its core. Kazimir Malevich believed that painting had to be free of social or political content, pure aesthetic, focused solely on its own form, line, shape and colour. He also believed that painting should evoke that ultimate subliminal feeling in its viewer. He proclaimed himself a “Cubo-Futurist” artist under the influence of the two movements at their peak in 1912.

PABLO PICASSO: Pablo Picasso is referred to as the Father of Cubism. Pablo Picasso is arguably the a figure of modernism and co-creator of one of the most influential movements; the Cubism. He introduced multiple points of view and various interpretation of a single subject that challenged the way we viewed our entire existence. Pablo Picasso’s art, influenced by French Impressionist art at the beginning of the 20th century, spanned a number of periods such as the Blue and the Rose. He also had a great impact on the further development of painting, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking.

JACKSON POLLOCK: Jackson Pollock is considered as one of the greatest and most prominent American painters. Jackson Pollock was a protégé of one wealthy collector and patron, Peggy Guggenheim. He was also called “Jack the Dripper” and was the pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. He is an artist who dripped and smeared his paint onto the laying canvas through a series of movements and gestures, thus giving life to Action Painting. His artworks ooze with drama, tension and energy, rejecting all the traditional techniques religiously used for centuries prior and inspired by the Mexican muralism and Surrealist automatism. Jackson Pollock artistic career was cut short by his untimely death in a car accident at the age of 44.

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: Georgia refused to settle for the role of the wife of US photographer Alfred Stieglitz by becoming one of the most famous painters of her country and beyond. Georgia O’Keeffe and her sumptuous semi-abstract flowers in all beauty and glory marked the history of 20th-century art. She was also known for her captivating urban cityscapes, landscapes and still life. Georgia artwork was soaked in sublime colours and reminiscent shapes. Georgia O’Keeffe was an independent artist whose paintings stood out in the slightly hectic modernist scene of her time.

SALVADOR DALI: Salvador Dali is one of the most famous painters whose artworks never seize to amaze and intrigue. Salvador Dali was known for some of the colour pieces that are nothing short of a scrupulous visual representation of dreams and an astonishing creative state of mind. Salvador Dali is also considered the principal innovator of “paranoia criticism”. The paranoia criticism refers to a philosophy of art making that is ”irrational understanding based on the interpretive-critical association of delirious phenomena.” This philosophy is evident in his paintings and artworks.
Other notable artists of the 20th century include;

  • Piet Mondrian (Abstract Painter)
  • Frida Kahlo (Painful Reality Painter)
  • Francis Bacon (The Troubled Irish)
  • Andy Warhol (Pop Master)
  • Jean Michel Basquiat (The Graffiti King)

The Richest Painters In The World

Looking for the richest painters in the world can prove a rather difficult mission because many of these artists reveal how much they’re worth. Most of them truly don’t know or care about finding out their own actual wealth,; they’re too busy working on their next artistic masterpiece. Paintings are only listed at a certain price when a buyer inquires about it at a gallery showing, or at some of the most prestigious art museums.
By looking at these figures, you can see the amount of money an artist feels their paintings are worth. Although, these figures don’t tell who has more money than another it does help to validate the claimed wealth of the painters on this list. This list will only look at the richest living painters, as many painters have become famous and wealthy after their death. So as the modern world allows for painters to get rich before their passing, here are some of the richest painters in the world are today.

DAVID HOCKNEY: David Hockney is one of the most prominent and financially successful British artists in history. He is calculated to have an estimated worth of $40 million. He is one painter on this list who has embraced the digital age and has recently shown some of his artwork via IPad. He sold his most recent painting a portrait for $8 million in 2009.

TAKASHI MURAMAKI: Takashi Muramaki is estimated to have a worth of $100 million makes him one of the richest painters in the world. He has over 100 employees working on applying his art to various platforms in order to sell his paintings. He made a famous Kanye West album cover. He has also painted on a variety of Louis Vuitton items through a collaboration that has earned him millions. Takashi is also responsible for Pharrell’s foray into the fashion world and he continues to stretch creative limits with paintings ranging from abstract to cartoonish.

ANDRE VICARI: Vicari is worth over $140 million and is known best for his work on painting portraits for the rich and famous. The Welsh painter has reportedly lost a bit of his value over the years as more paintings have come to the pole position of popularity in the digital age. He was notably known for painting for Kings and Princes and it proved lucrative for him. He was reported to have sold as much as $27 million worth of paintings to one royal family in Saudi Arabia in one sale.

DAVID CHOE: David Choe is estimated at a worth of $200 million. Choe is a graffiti artist who achieved fortune and fame largely due to social media and the internet. The Korean painter is known for his graffiti work and murals, yet he has also expanded his sights into graphic novels as well. He is known to be a bit unconventional as many artists supposedly are and his uniqueness and mystique have helped him turn his passion into wealth.

JASPER JOHNS: With the American Flag being worth $80 million, Jasper John is reported to have an overall net-worth of $300 million. This American painter is best known for painting the American Flag, which he supposedly thought of during a dream. He has long painted different types of maps and flags and has recently gone into trying his luck in the realm of sculptures. While he is one of the richest painters in the world, he does not have the record of others on this list.

DAMIEN HIRST: Damien Hirst, a British artist is estimated to be worth over $1 billion now. In 2008, he raised $198 million for one exhibit. He became popular for a slew of projects showing dead animals preserved in a display case. He is also responsible for creating “spin paintings”, which make things on a flat surface look as though they’re spinning, and has continued to monetize his brand in ways never seen before. Hirst is known to be somewhat of a “sell-out” in the artistic world, as unlike the rest of the painters on this list Hirst promotes his wealth.