Abstract Expressionism Iconic Artists

In the 1980s, most famous artists in the world come from different home and birthplace in the world. Iconic artists have spanned different styles and different time periods, but many of the most famous artists played a role in the impressionism movement. These artists were some of the most influential throughout art history. Their styles and paintings continue to influence artists today.

Claude Monet

Claude Monet (1840 - 1926) is credited with being the founder of the impressionism art movement. In fact, the style of art was named after, Impression, Sunrise, which was a Monet painting from 1872. Some of Monet's other famous paintings include Water Lilies, Water Lily Pond, and Woman with a Parasol, Sunflowers and The Artist's Garden.

Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917) was famous for painting, sculpting, drawing, and printmaking. Although he was well-known as an impressionist painter, he chose the term realism to describe his style of art. Degas, who originally wanted to paint historical paintings, found his niche in painting contemporary life. He really enjoyed painting dancers, which is why he completed over 1,500 artworks of dancers. Some of his most famous paintings include The Dance Class, Dancer Adjusting Her Slipper, Woman Combing Her Hair and Blue Dancers.

Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne (1839 - 1906) is a post-impressionist artist who had a significant influence on fauvism and cubism. Famous artists, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, both said, "Cezanne is the father of us all." The artist believed that the world was made up of geometric shapes, such as cubes, spheres, and cones. He used these shapes as the foundation for his paintings. Some of Cezanne's most famous paintings include Mont Sainte-Victoire, La Montagne St. Victoire, The Card Players and Paysage Avec Conduite D'eau.

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954) is one of the leading figures of modern art. He was a leader of the fauvism movement, which only lasted a few years. He is most remembered for his style of paintings with vivid colors and varied subjects. Some of his most famous paintings include Creole Dancer, One Thousand and One Nights, Blue Nude I and the Dance.

Morris Louis

Morris Louis, one of the most prominent painters in the American color field tradition, worked with intense hues from the start of his career. Although these are subdued by his method of multiple layering in works such as Blue Veil, Louis's success with paintings consisting of swathes of intense colors is seen in the vast majority of his mature works, including the beautifully vivid While Series II.

In this large piece, Louis has created a masterful effect with his combinations of color and shape. The bands of partially overlapping color are thinner at the bottom edge and expand in a leaf-like manner towards the top of the painting. The result is not only the distinct impression of organic shapes but a sense of movement as well.

The color-shapes are like fronds waving in the ocean. The visibility of golden yellows in between the darker shades of brown, green, blue, orange and violet gives the viewer the feeling that the painting is illuminated from behind. Although some of the colors themselves are as vivid as those that appear in other modern art movements such as Fauvism, the combination of colors and shapes creates a more naturalistic outcome.

Although the list of famous French painters is very long, this list provides a good start to understanding French art. The original paintings from these artists can sell for millions of dollars. They are also seen throughout the world in the finest museums. Works of art from these painters remain some of the top-selling art prints because of their bold colors and timeless qualities.