Who is Your Favorite 20th Century Artist?

The Times Online and the Saatchi gallery have put together a list of 200 twentieth century artists and is asking visitors to vote for their favorite. They include famous painters, sculptors, photographers, video and installation artists.

You can vote for your favorite artist/s on the TimesOnline website.

I was boring and voted for Pablo Picasso, but painting would also be less interesting without the likes of Paul Cezanne, Francis Bacon, Marc Chagall, Lucian Freud, Alberto Giacometti, Philip Guston, Wassily Kandinsky, Anselm Kiefer, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and a few others.

There’s quite a few artists on the list that I have never heard of. Here’s the list of 200 artists arranged alphabetically..

Marina Abramovic
Tomma Abts
Vito Acconci
Ansel Adams
Bas Jan Ader
Eileen Agar
Craigie Aitchison
Josef Albers
Pierre Alechinsky
Kai Althoff
Francis Alys
Carl Andre
Karel Appel
Nobuyoshi Araki
Diane Arbus
Alexander Archipenko
Arman
Jean Arp
Art & Language
Antonin Artaud
Richard Artschwager
Eugene Atget
Frank Auerbach
Richard Avedon
Milton Avery
Gillian Ayres
Francis Bacon
Leon Bakst
John Baldessari
Miroslaw Balka
Giacomo Balla
Balthus
Ernst Barlach
Matthew Barney
Georg Baselitz
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Willi Baumeister
Lothar Baumgarten
Bernd And Hilla Becher
Max Beckmann
Hans Bellmer
George Wesley Bellows
Thomas Hart Benton
Joseph Beuys
Ashley Bickerton
Max Bill
Peter Blake
Umberto Boccioni
Alighiero E Boetti
Christian Boltanski
David Bomberg
Pierre Bonnard
Michael Borremans
Fernando Botero
Louise Bourgeois
Arthur Boyd
Constantin Brancusi
Bill Brandt
Georges Braque
Brassai (Gyula Halasz)
Victor Brauner
Marcel Broodthaers
Glenn Brown
Cecily Brown
Chris Burden
Daniel Buren
Victor Burgin
Edward Burra
Alberto Burri
Pol Bury
Jean-Marc Bustamante
Alexander Calder
Sophie Calle
Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller
Anthony Caro
Carlo Carra
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Maurizio Cattelan
Patrick Caulfield
Cesar
Paul Cezanne
Helen Chadwick
Lynn Chadwick
Marc Chagall
John Chamberlain
Dinos and Jake Chapman
Judy Chicago
Eduardo Chillida
Giorgio De Chirico
Larry Clark
Christo And Jeanne Claude
Franceso Clemente
Chuck Close
Prunella Clough
Hannah Collins
George Condo
Le Corbusier
Lovis Corinth
Joseph Cornell
Tony Cragg
Martin Creed
Robert Crumb
John Currin
Salvador Dalí
Hanne Darboven
Stuart Davis
Willem De Kooning
Richard Deacon
Tacita Dean
Sonia Delaunay
Robert Delaunay
Paul Delvaux
Thomas Demand
Charles Demuth
Maurice Denis
Andre Derain
Jan Dibbets
Richard Diebenkorn
Jim Dine
Otto Dix
Theo Van Doesburg
Willie Doherty
Peter Doig
Oscar Dominguez
Kees Van Dongen
Arthur Dove
Jean Dubuffet
Marcel Duchamp
Raymond Duchamp-Villon
Raoul Dufy
Marlene Dumas
William Eggleston
Lissitzky EI
Olafur Eliasson
Tracey Emin
James Ensor
Jacob Epstein
Max Ernst
M.C. Escher
Richard Estes
Walker Evans
Luciano Fabro
Oyvind Fahlstrom
Jean Fautrier
Lyonel Feininger
Eric Fischl
Fischli & Weiss
Barry Flanagan
Dan Flavin
Lucio Fontana
Tsugouharu Foujita
Sam Francis
Robert Frank
Helen Frankenthaler
Lucian Freud
Lee Friedlander
Elisabeth Frink
Katharina Fritsch
Roger Fry
Naum Gabo
Antonio Lopez Garcia
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
Paul Gauguin
Isa Genzken
Alberto Giacometti
Gilbert & George
Eric Gill
Albert Gliezes
Robert Gober
Nan Goldin
Andy Goldsworthy
Leon Golub
Natalia Goncharova
Julio Gonzalez
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Douglas Gordon
Arshile Gorky
Anthony Gormley
Adolph Gottlieb
Dan Graham
Paul Graham
Duncan Grant
Juan Gris
George Grosz
Andreas Gursky
Philip Guston
Renato Guttuso
Hans Haacke
Peter Halley
Richard Hamilton
Ian Hamilton-Finlay
David Hammons
Duane Hanson
Keith Haring
Rachel Harrison
Marsden Hartley
Hans Hartung
Mona Hatoum
Raoul Hausmann
John Heartfield
Mary Heilman
Jean Helion
Barbara Hepworth
Patrick Heron
Eva Hesse
Gary Hill
Roger Hilton
Damien Hirst
Ivon Hitchens
David Hockney
Howard Hodgkin
Hans Hofmann
Carsten Holler
Jenny Holzer
Edward Hopper
Roni Horn
Rebecca Horn
Gary Hume
Jorg Immendorff
Robert Indiana
Robert Irwin
Alfred Jaar
Alexei Von Jawlensky
Augustus John
Gwen John
Jasper Johns
Joan Jonas
Allen Jones
Asger Jorn
Donald Judd
Isaac Julien
Ilya Kabakov
Frida Kahlo
Wassily Kandinsky
Anish Kapoor
Alex Katz
On Kawara
Mike Kelley
Ellsworth Kelly
Mary Kelly
William Kentridge
Anselm Kiefer
Ed and Nancy Kienholz
Martin Kippenberger
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Per Kirkeby
R.B. Kitaj
Paul Klee
Yves Klein
Gustav Klimt
Franz Kline
Oskar Kokoshka
Kathe Kollwitz
Komar And Melamid
Jeff Koons
Leon Kossoff
Joseph Kosuth
Jannis Kounellis
Lee Krasner
Barbara Kruger
Yayoi Kusama
Wolfgang Laib
Wilfredo Lam
Dorothea Lange
Jacques-Henri Lartigue
Marie Laurencin
Sol LeWitt
Fernand Leger
Percy Wyndham Lewis
Roy Lichtenstein
Max Liebermann
Jacques Lipchitz
Richard Long
Robert Longo
Morris Louis
L.S. Lowry
Sarah Lucas
August Macke
Rene Magritte
Aristide Maillol
Kasimir Malevich
Robert Mangold
Piero Manzoni
Giacumo Manzu
Robert Mapplethorpe
Franz Marc
Brice Marden
Walter De Maria
John Marin
Marisol
Kerry Marshall
Agnes Martin
Kenneth Martin
Andre Masson
Henri Matisse
Roberto Matta
Gordon Matta-Clark
Paul Mccarthy
Steve McQueen
Cildo Meireles
Ana Mendieta
Mario Merz
Annette Messager
Henri Michaux
Lee Miller
Joan Miro
Joan Mitchell
Paula Modersohn-Becker
Amedeo Modigliani
Tina Modotti
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
Piet Mondrian
Claude Monet
Henry Moore
Giorgio Morandi
Yasumasa Morimura
Malcolm Morley
Robert Morris
Robert Motherwell
Ron Mueck
Matt Mullican
Edvard Munch
Juan Munoz
Takashi Murakami
Elie Nadelman
Paul Nash
David Nash
Bruce Nauman
Alice Neel
Mike Nelson
Louise Nevelson
Barnett Newman
Ben Nicholson
Hermann Nitsch
Noble and Webster
Isamu Noguchi
Sidney Nolan
Kenneth Noland
Emil Nolde
Maria Nordman
Georgia O’Keeffe
Albert Oehlen
Chris Ofili
Helio Oiticica
Claes Oldenburg
Jules Olitski
Yoko Ono
Julian Opie
Meret Oppenheim
Gabriel Orozco
Tony Oursler
Nam June Paik
Eduardo Paolozzi
Cornelia Parker
Martin Parr
Victor Pasmore
Max Pechstein
A.R. Penck
Giuseppe Penone
Roland Penrose
Beverly Pepper
Grayson Perry
Elizabeth Peyton
Niki de Saint Phalle
Vong Phaophanit
Francis Picabia
Pablo Picasso
Adrian Piper
John Piper
Michelangelo Pistoletto
Serge Poliakoff
Sigmar Polke
Jackson Pollock
Liubov Popova
Maurice Prendergast
Richard Prince
Marc Quinn
Arnulf Rainer
Neo Rauch
Robert Rauschenberg
Man Ray
Charles Ray
Odilon Redon
Paula Rego
Ad Reinhardt
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Jason Rhoades
Germaine Richier
Gerhard Richter
Daniel Richter
Leni Riefenstahl
Bridget Riley
Jean-Paul Riopelle
Pipilotti Rist
Diego Rivera
Larry Rivers
Norman Rockwell
Aleksandr Rodchenko
Auguste Rodin
James Rosenquist
Mimmo Rotella
Dieter Roth
Susan Rothenberg
Mark Rothko
Georges Rouault
Henri Rousseau
Ed Ruscha
Robert Ryman
Doris Salcedo
David Salle
Lucas Samaras
Cheri Samba
Fred Sandback
August Sander
Wilhelm Sasnal
Jenny Saville
Christian Schad
Miriam Schapiro
Egon Schiele
Oskar Schlemmer
Julian Schnabel
Gregor Schneider
Thomas Schutte
Kurt Schwitters
Sean Scully
George Segal
Kurt Seligmann
Richard Serra
Gino Severini
Ben Shahn
Charles Sheeler
Cindy Sherman
Stephen Shore
Walter Sickert
Santiago Sierra
Paul Signac
Roman Signer
David Smith
Kiki Smith
Robert Smithson
Pierre Soulages
Chaim Soutine
Stanley Spencer
Nancy Spero
Daniel Spoerri
Nicolas De Stael
Frank Stella
Joseph Stella
Jana Sterbak
Alfred Stieglitz
Clyfford Still
Thomas Struth
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Graham Sutherland
Rufino Tamayo
Yves Tanguy
Dorothea Tanning
Antoni Tapies
Vladimir Tatlin
Pavel Tchelitchew
Wayne Thiebaud
Wolfgang Tillmans
Jean Tinguely
Mark Tobey
Rosemarie Trockel
William Turnbull
James Turrell
Richard Tuttle
Luc Tuymans
Cy Twombly
Euan Uglow
Maurice Utrillo
Victor Vasarely
Ben Vautier
Jack Vettriano
Bill Viola
Banks Violette
Maurice De Vlaminck
Edouard Vuillard
Jeff Wall
Mark Wallinger
Alfred Wallis
Andy Warhol
Gillian Wearing
Max Weber
Weegee
William Wegman
Carel Weight
Lawrence Weiner
Franz West
Edward Weston
Rachel Whiteread
Hannah Wilke
Richard Wilson
Gary Winogrand
Wols
Grant Wood
Christopher Wool
Jack Butler Yeats
Gilberto Zorio

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.

Comments

  1. And where’s Banksy?!

    I like the work of many people on the list… but I’m not sure I could pick one favourite, especially with so many great nominations.

  2. I couldn’t just pick one either, there are some great names on the list. I am very partial to the work of kiki smith.

  3. www.ruminatics.blogspot.com says:

    jake and dinos chapman?

    Oh dear.

  4. If nothing else I am reminded of just how many artists there are in the world – and have been over time. I dunno, difficult task here and I am not certain I am up to the challenge today, but do enjoy this blog as always.

  5. No Andrew Wyeth? He achieved so much and was honored as one of the greatest living painters. A little disappointed…

  6. No Andrew Wyeth? He achieved so much and was honored as one of the greatest living painters. A little disappointed…

  7. Donald Frazell says:

    I see most of my favorites, but think it should be strictly Moderns and post moderns, of the era that just ended, perhaps those who reached their height from the death of Cezanne on, 1906-2008. And should be the top 100 and second 100, that would separate the wheat form the chaff, many dont belong in the same company as the top.

    I see those who were great of previous century, like the Post Impressionists and Redon, but not those who didnt make it, like Degas and van Gogh.

    I will go by my two fields, top 5.
    Painting. Braque, Matisse, Picasso are top three, and probably Klee and Miro afterwards for their long careers, variety, and influence.

    Photo you are missing one. Paul Strand should be there, Edward Weston, though his son Brett could be also, advanced his father work, and much like mine at the same time period of late 70s. Kertesz for great portraiture, Adams for Nature, Cartier-Bresson artistry in photo journalism.

    Strand was perhaps the first modern photographer, Weston in many ways took off from him, his aesthetic, and tehcnique that became the f64 group.

    Post war painting, de Kooning, Pollock, though short and limited career, same with de Stael, Tamayo, with may vying for the last spots, well, not nearly as many as in the early growth of Modernism, when artist came and went, leaving behind great works, to become mediocre once the creative phase passed. I would say Anselm Kiefer the last to make this list. Top 100 anyway.

    Was Soulages in there? Gotta check. Diebenkorn. Romaire Bearden should be on it too. He and Tamayo greatly underrated on this lily white list. Some just dont relate to the colors and styles and subjects, doesn’t mean they are not just as great or better than many better hyped artists. Strike Warhol and Hirst off, one was a glorifed graphic desinger, fun but best thrown out with the magazine its in. And Hirst? Still born as one of his pickled creatures.

    But see lots of minor artists that were legit, from Delaunay to Jim Dine, who was more a professional painter than creative artist. Hard to lsit in order, tat is the one thing about art that is subjective, what is Art, is not. Its effect varies from person to person, but the lies of the Academies to boost revenue, this anything is art crap, has distorted and destroyed it. Art is easily identifiable, just judging between an Ernst and a Schwitters is what is difficult. Both worthy, just varies in personal affect.

  8. Donald Frazell says:

    YOKO ONO!!! ugh!
    Tina Modotti? Best known as a subject for Diego River and Edward Weston than as an artist herself, pretty limited. Her one eyebrow friend was better. Are we that desperate to include women? My exwife was better, and current wife MUCH better even as a graphic designer with great artistic ability. But then, they aint lily white.

    I agree with above. No Wyeth, but got Thomas Hart Benton?

  9. Modotti may be known by some who wish to marginalize her as nothing more than a model for weston and others, but she was known and recognized by many as a fine photographer.
    http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/modotti_tina.html

  10. Donald Frazell says:

    Sorry, but she was mediocre, and derivative. Cute as hell, but more a friend with benefits to other artists. Did better after a year of photography than her. Does not belong here. Dont worry, there are plenty of terrible men on here too. She wasnt bad, just bad lighting structure, obvious handling of motifs, more an art student than artist. I was a photographer, this I know. Real easy stuff to photograph, not exactly a Dorothea Lange or Imogen Cunningham

    Didnt see her on the list, most I voted for were in the Ms and Rs, only about 20 as they kept on resetting and hard to vote. Roualt and Modigliani, but where was Dions favorite, Morandi? Far better than Modotti or Kahlo.

  11. Donald Frazell says:

    Dion can be happy, and me, Morondi is here, but no Cunningham. And Tracy Emin(em) next to James Ensor? God help us, how we have fallen.

    art collegia delenda est

  12. Donald Frazell says:

    I also dont see Carlos Almaraz. He was far better than Romero, the other Los Four, and decorative Latino painters. Better than most of the NeoEx guys, or Basquiat. Was truly more a Modern painter and expressionist than a regional type like some on this list. I am sure I will find more left off.

  13. Donald Frazell says:

    Robert Graham isnt there either, husband of Angelica Huston who starred in my favorite Artsy movie, Art School Confidential, nailed it. I am sure with her hubbys advice.

    Did the sculptures before the Coliseum for the LA 84 Olympics and monument to Duke Ellington in Central Park. Slightly stiff nudes to me, but good, of classical origin. Dont like people of color in the arts, do ya? All lip service, but really all about the weak and the white.

  14. Thumbs up for Prunella Clough. I have dedicated a wee post about this almost forgotten painter. I simply love her work!

  15. It’s all top-selled authors listed here, but their “art” is nothing. Most of real 20th century genies are left in the shadow….

  16. I’d say Yeats or Vladimir Tatlin
    would get my vote. Yeats for originality and life, and tatlin for his amazing attempt to bring art into everyday life (even if he did get sent to a prison camp for his efforts!). I wrote a thesis on Tatlin in art college. Fascinating guy.

    I wonder how they came up with the list? It seems to focus on western media fame more than on talent (but of course that is debatable).

  17. Donald Frazell says:

    Saatchi had input, so heavy in YBAs and other Brtis, when that island is far from being the home of visual art. Screwed up inside, and so best at playwriting and acting, even those who are painters are all psychological, like Freud and Bacon. Only well ballanced minds in Britain seems to have been Constable and Moore since the eightteenth century.

  18. Donald Frazell says:

    Charles Alston. Like Rufino Tamayo, he brought George Braques style of organic cubism into his own vocabulary and background. Braque left such a fertile ground to grow from, but so few ever understood or could equal his abilities and passion for life. As Tamayo did for native Mexicans, Alston did for African Americans, far better than his much more well known contemporary and friend Jacob Lawrence, who was more an illustrator and story teller than creative artist.

    The few Alstons I have see are magnifcent. His: Family, Jazz Singer’s and a Crucifixion which is very similar to Tamayos at that time in the 50s. The colors and styles however belong to Black America, but cross all language and racial barriers, if the viewer can get over his own. Much as Romare Bearden did, except his was built off of Matisse with Picassos structure, from his midcareer collage style. His later Odyssey works take up where Matisse paper cuttings left off.

    Bearden’s Piano Lesson inspired the play of the same name. He has one work at MoMA, a gorgeous black bodied nude in collage on a pink sofa. Beautiful. The people i have listed are so far superior than the trash we see today it makes one physicaly ill to see how far we have fallen. Our souls bankrupt. Half the people on this list, I dare not refer to them as artists, will be unknown in one hundred years. Spritiual art survives, it speaks to Man’s soul. One these children have denied.

    art collegia delenda est

  19. I’ve interviewed two people on the list. :)

  20. And rejected by five. :(

  21. It is beyond my comprehension that Andrew Wyeth could get left off from any list of the 20th centuries greatest artists!I study his work and technique constantly.

  22. On that list I would have to say Escher, his work is just so incredable and inspiring.

  23. Voting for artists is boring, I mean artists are not politics. The artists I love are unknown, or well-known, but I don’t care about their popularity.

  24. Frida Kahlo
    Neo Rauch
    R.B.Kitaj
    David Hockney
    Max Beckman
    Paula Modershon -Beker
    Egon Schiel
    gustave klimt
    Otto Dix
    Picasso
    etc. etc

    It can never be done – but you could take that Hirst of the list – In fact if you could choose one person who shouldn’t be on the list then he would probably win or lose or whatever.

  25. kiki smith and hannah wilke. hands down. no competition.

    http://confessionsofanartcritic.blogspot.com/

  26. I’m going with Otto Dix.

  27. Well, I’m amazed that Rockwell was ON the list, given the amount of disdain heaped upon him by “Real” artists. But, I’m glad he’s there because he has my vote. Along with Andrew Wyeth, who isn’t on the list. This list is very short on names. Too many “Popular” people and not enough “Profound” people.

  28. i would say jean-michel basquiat. i think he made such breakthroughs (with the help of andy warhol) in abstract/modern art. much of the boldness of basquiats work influenced all abstract art afterwords.

    -Kevin, of basquiatthinksimcool.blogspot.com

  29. Donald Frazell says:

    Umm, Basquiat was never abstract, and there hasnt been much if any since him. Most is decorative stuff for banks and to color peoples home as decoration.

    And Rockwell profund? aaarrrrghh!!

    Next you all will be calling Contempt art Modern Art, totally different. Basquiat can be seen as outlines of objects by Beckman, thats about it. Carlos Almaraz a much better Expressionist painter here in LA, before he died of AIDS over a decade ago.

    But Wyeth did belong on this list. Rockwell belongs on the great Illustrator list with Wyeth’s father and Maxfield Parrish.

  30. Rockwell transcended illustration in many of his works. Whatever art is, is in the eye of the beholder. But, I see profundity in many of his cover pieces. He was 20th century America’s answer to Rembrandt. A true genius of both technique and emotive power.

    It’s all a matter of opinion. That’s what I love about art.

  31. Donald Frazell says:

    DION!!! Where are you!!!!
    Hope you have not run away again, not more doubting, just do it!

    Now to point. Just got a notice from Brians myartspace.com site about new artists on thier NYAXE site. Most are terrible, pretty much all academic nonsnse, but there is a guy near you in Melbourne name Paul Ruiz I really liked. He went to your schools, so yours must have far better than ours, I never see the arrogance and pomposity of self in Aussie works. Check him out, how has painting been going? Been finsihgin the house after moving the business, back to real work again. Things are moving, don’t bail on us now!

    In the mean time I have been terrorizing JJ at the Guardian and culturemonster for the LA Times. Whats up?

  32. It was a difficult decision, but in the end I casted my vote. Indeed there were a few artists I´d never heard of, more reasons to google them :)

  33. I would say Rene Magritte.
    It’s hard to chose one of them, specially because each of us have some personal reasons too. It’s not only about technique.

  34. I’m still kicking Donald. Just been looking for a new area to live.

  35. Oh and yeah I mentioned Paul Ruiz here. I really like his drawings.. paintings are good too.

  36. Good to see he is getting some notoriety. Honest work is rare, explorations of life workedout on canvas is our job. He is doing his well, though I dont see the comparison to Auerback at all, his is more Giacometti like, inward looking. Alone, Fearful, anxiety ridden. Ruiz work I dont feel this, something both impartial and passioante, which is the mark of true art. One must be detached, yet involved with life overall, finding its connection. Resolving supposed contradictions is a prime function of art. Ruiz does this well.

    You aussies are pretty good, with the Baulmers guy, I like your playful yet knowledgable approach, very unlike what we have here and what I see even worse in the UK. Crazy Chick still doesnt do anything for me, her limited illustrations of self doubt are wearying, and dull. But apparently were successful, doubt they will be in the future.

    good luck on whever you move, keep blogging, and stay in touch.

  37. His drawings are probably more Auerbach than his paintings. Not as labored or intense as Auerbach but theyre still not bad.

    I think some of Frank Auerbach’s charcoal drawings are just amazing. (The charcoal portraits that are almost carved out of the paper.)

    If you can’t draw you shouldnt be allowed near a paint brush.

    We also have just as much crap here in Australia as anywhere else in the world.

  38. I didnt look at his drawings on his site, jsut painting. I agree about the drawing, though I have jsut recently in the last tow years focused on it, as far as nature and life drawing, it has freed me up quite a bit, stopped being so designish, so mathematical and cold, more organic.

    Job moving has hurt being able to get to sessions, gotta get back to it, but taking photos of my wife I am drawing from is better, I need more than 20 minutes for a pose, and cant get what I want from a classroom. And she cant hold a pose, better moving around and taking pics as they come, but the life drawing has done me good. Drawing from nature too, will incorporate the natural world at some point, focused on the nude and expressionists cubism at the moment, times call for it.

    But I have seen your work and others in the burnt land being freer and less arrogant than here. Too much pushing career over art from our academies, and we have paid for it dearly.

  39. Hi,

    From the list, I will chose Dali, although I don’t know most of those from the list.
    Two artists that I quite like and probably aren’t part of it : Giuseppe Pino and Istvan Sandorfi.

    Kind regards,

    José

  40. Anonymous says:

    Yoko Ono…get real, please!!! John’s money did the talking for her, nothing else. We all should know that by now. She’s a fake!!

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