Famous Artists by Era
(newest to oldest)

Get inspired by these famous works of art by master artistis. Study their techniques, compositions and color schemes.

Expressionism (1890s-1920s)

This style is characterized by artists expressing their feelings in their artwork. This was an even bigger departure from realism. The emotion was the main focus so color and composition played the major role allowing images to be simple and child like a lot of the time.

Paul Klee (1879-1940) - Swiss German Painter

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Oriental Pleasure Garden

Post Impressionism (1880s-1900s)

This style is similar to impressionism because short brush strokes and capturing atmosphere is also common. It differes from Impressionism in that artists pushed the ideas even further. Cezanne said that he was putting a "frame work" around it. In other words he was beginning to form stronger shapes bringing more attention to the composition of the piece. Similar to giving a song a stronger rhythm.

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) - French Painter

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Still Life with Apples

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) - French Painter

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Impressionism (1870s-1880s)

Impressionists desired to capture the atmosphere of the scene they were painting. They wanted to show emotions, time of day and seasons.

Claude Monet (1840-1926) - French Painter

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Women with Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) - American Oil

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Carnation Lily Lily Rose

Romantic Period (1800s-1850s)

This period strived to evoke emotion in the viewer. Scenes were painted that would cause terror and awe. The artists also displayed nature in it's pure form, wild and powerful.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) - English Painter

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Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight

William Blake (1757-1827) - English Painter

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Europe a Prophesy

Baroque Period (1600s-1700s)

Known for dark back grounds Baroque is a style of painting that seeks to increase the drama. The figures in the foreground are brighter and higher in character making them pop out against the dark background. Portraits and highly dramatic scenes are also characteristic of this era.

Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt (1606-1669) - Dutch Painter

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Self Portrait