Most Famous painters of All Time

Art is a great form of expression that has impacted the world over the centuries. Artists have mastered the skill and techniques to capture emotions, places, things, and people so well on paper, becoming quite influential in society. Art greatly impacts the society in regard to social, political and religious aspects. Some of the most famous painters have outlived their great works.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Mostly known for his famous painting of The Monalisa, Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the world’s acclaimed painters in history. He also painted the controversial painting of The Last Supper that still stirs debates today. Da Vinci was a renaissance painter between 1452 and 1519. He was also an inventor and scientist. The Italian painter studied various perspectives of life and made discoveries about the universe. Da Vinci is considered as the pioneer of Renaissance in Europe which saw a lot of artists come up as well as scientific ideas birthed.


Another Renaissance renowned artist was Michelangelo (1475-1564). He was not only a painter but also a poet, architect, and sculptor. Michelangelo began painting at an early age of 13 years and later learned sculpting. He is popularly known for his iconic mural in the ceiling of Sistine Chapel and his sculpture of David, Pieta, a sculpture found in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.


Pablo Picasso is also regarded as one of the greatest artists of all time. The Spanish artist is renowned for paving the way for modern art by pioneering Cubism. He was also a peace activist whose art was mainly themed around the horrific stories of war. Some of his famous paintings include The Weeping Woman (1937), The Dove of Peace and the mural Guernica Bombing (1937). Picasso had a great body of work amounting to up to 50,000 artistic works.

Van Gogh

Famously known for his painting, The Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh, is one of the most iconic artists of all time. The artist is one of the most influential and celebrated artists in regards to founding modern art. Van Gogh was a post-impressionist Dutch artist between 1853 and 1890. Despite his great talent, he became mentally unstable later in life producing most of his artworks in his final two years. Other paintings he is well known for include Bedroom in Arles, Van Gogh’s Chair, Café Terrace at Night (1888) and Vase with 12 Sunflowers (1888).

Claude Monet

Monet was a French artist between 1840 and 1926 who pioneered impressionism as a form of contemporary art. He had a hand in capturing nature in the most unique and random way including in a painting of his very own garden. Monet first drew caricatures before formally venturing into art. Some of his popular paintings include Women in Garden, The Willows, Impression Surprise, and Water Lilies.