A mixed media painting called Mystere.
A mixed media painting called Mystere.

Artist & Author

Teaching painting in oils, acrylics, and mixed media for 38+ years but specializing in teaching beginners the basics

Developing a new idea is fragile and sits precariously on the border between reality and failure; you are the only one who knows its true potential, so the critical point here is to avoid premature criticism of the work. It was Stephen King who said:

“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open."

I think the same goes for painting. However I will post my progress to see what people have to say. I am not swayed by criticism, constructive or not.

We need criticism, but at the same time it could paralyze us into thinking what we are doing is not good enough. Remember too that we are our own worst critic.

Certainly! Let's explore the fascinating world of art and some of the most renowned artists throughout history. From the Italian Renaissance to contemporary creators, here are 40 influential artists whose works have left an indelible mark:

  1. Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510): Known for his iconic paintings like "The Birth of Venus" and "Primavera," Botticelli was a prominent figure during the Italian Renaissance.

  2. Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519): A true polymath, da Vinci's genius extended to art, science, and engineering. His masterpiece "Mona Lisa" remains an enigma.

  3. Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528): A Northern Renaissance artist, Dürer's intricate woodcuts and engravings showcased his technical prowess.

  4. Michelangelo (1475–1564): The sculptor behind "David" and the painter of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Michelangelo's work epitomizes the High Renaissance.

  5. Raphael (1482–1520): His harmonious compositions, such as "The School of Athens," exemplify grace and balance.

Moving to the Baroque period:

  1. Caravaggio (1571–1610): Known for his dramatic use of light and shadow, Caravaggio's paintings are emotionally charged.

  2. Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640): A prolific Flemish Baroque artist, Rubens excelled in both religious and mythological subjects.

  3. Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–c. 1656): A trailblazing female artist, Gentileschi's powerful works often depicted strong women.

  4. Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680): A sculptor and architect, Bernini's dynamic sculptures redefine marble.

  5. Diego Velázquez (1599–1660): The Spanish master behind "Las Meninas," Velázquez captured realism and depth.

In Japan's Edo period:

  1. Katsushika Hokusai (c. 1760–1840): His woodblock prints, including "The Great Wave off Kanagawa," are iconic.

  2. Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858): Another ukiyo-e artist, Hiroshige's landscapes evoke tranquility.

During Romanticism:

  1. Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863): His passionate works, like "Liberty Leading the People," embody Romantic ideals.

Transitioning to Realism and Impressionism:

  1. Édouard Manet (1832–1883): A bridge between Realism and Impressionism, Manet's "Olympia" caused a scandal.

  2. Edgar Degas (1834–1917): Renowned for his ballet dancers and horse racing scenes.

  3. Claude Monet (1840–1926): The father of Impressionism, Monet's water lilies and haystacks are luminous.

  4. Mary Cassatt (1844–1936): An American Impressionist, Cassatt celebrated motherhood and domestic life.

Exploring Post-Impressionism:

  1. Paul Cézanne (1839–1906): His geometric forms influenced Cubism.

  2. Paul Gauguin (1848–1903): His vibrant Tahitian paintings are captivating.

  3. Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890): The tortured genius behind "Starry Night" and "Sunflowers."

  4. Henri Matisse (1869–1954): A master of color and form.

Vienna Secessionism & Art Nouveau:

  1. Gustav Klimt (1862–1918): His golden, sensuous paintings are unforgettable.

In the realm of Modern Art:

  1. Pablo Picasso (1881–1973): The revolutionary artist who co-founded Cubism.

  2. Amadeo Modigliani (1884–1920): Known for his elongated portraits.

  3. Diego Rivera (1886–1957): A Mexican muralist with social and political themes.

  4. Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986): Celebrated for her bold flower paintings.

Venturing into Surrealism:

  1. René Magritte (1898–1967): The man behind the bowler-hatted men and mysterious apples.

  2. Salvador Dalí (1904–1989): His melting clocks and eccentric persona define Surrealism.

  3. Frida Kahlo (1907–1954): The unapologetic self-portraitist who explored pain and identity.