Frida Kahlo- (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954)
-The leading lady of Spanish portraiture. Often incorporating her own life and experiences into her works and self portraits. Combining her unique own style with the cultural traditions and identities of her country.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti- (12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882)
-The jewel of the Victorian brotherhood's crown.
Painting form classical literature and biblical stories at the time of the Industrial Revolution. His paintings offered a poetical escapism for himself as well as society in those grimy times
J. M. W. Turner- (23 April 1775– 19 December 1851) -The Master of the oil coloured sun soaked seascapes. Also the undeniable genius of perspective at a time when the concept of it mystified the masses.
Van Gogh-(30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890)
- The world famous Sunflower painter. Van Gogh had many different eras and styles of painting within his life which directly reflect his mental states at the time.
J. W. Waterhouse- (6 April 1849 — 10 February 1917)
-Another big player in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of the Victorian Era.
Working predominantly from poetry and medieval literature creating beautiful rich and heady paintings.
Alberto Giacometti-(October 10, 1901 – January 11, 1966)
-Firstly renowned as a sculpture of the human form. But I love him for his haunting and meticulously overworked portraits.
Giacometti works obsessively to capture the essence of his sitter. Rendering the image over and over again.
William Blake-(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827)
- Blakes poetry is just as famous as his art that accompanies it. Epic sonnets are masterfully spun around God, the origins of man and his fall from grace. Powerful striking and dark.
Despite its age it never loses its impact.
Sir John Millais-(8 June 1829 – 13 August 1896)
-Another Pre-Raphaelite. Paints forms in a style slightly more similar to Mucha than the others in the Brotherhood. Using mainly Christianity and his own life as a source of inspiration.
Edvard Munch- (12 December 1863 – 23 January 1944)
-A Norwegian Symbolist painter of expressionistic art. His best-known composition, The Scream is part of a series The Frieze of Life, in which Munch explored the themes of life, love, fear, death, and melancholy.
The all time top master legend painters of the art world in one simple list.
They are arranged very loosely in my favourites down to my lesser.
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