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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of the modern artists that influenced the various types of design we see today. From posters, to theater, to furniture and topography. We also have movement pages on these modern movements that had a large influence on modern design: Arts and Crafts Movement, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau, Wiener Werkstatte, Art Deco, The Bauhaus, De Stijl, and Neo-Plasticism.

Modern Designers: 36 of 310 Total Artists
Albers, Anni Biography, Art & Analysis

Albers, Anni

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Albers, Anni Famous Art

German-American designer and textile artist Anni Albers was the wife of Josef Albers and an influential artist in her own right. Her work brought together good design and modern materials with the Bauhaus design ethos, where she studied and taught before moving to the United States.

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Albers, Josef Biography, Art & Analysis

Albers, Josef

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Josef Albers was a German-born American painter and teacher. Celebrated as a geometric abstractionist and influential instructor at Black Mountain College, Albers directly influenced such artists as Rauschenberg, Twombly and Ray Johnson.

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Beardsley, Aubrey Biography, Art & Analysis

Beardsley, Aubrey

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Aubrey Beardsley was a nineteenth-century English illustrator and author. In black ink he created highly erotic, grotesque, and decadant drawings, much in the style of Japanese woodcuts. Beardsley's work was part of the Aesthetic movement, and was highly influential to the subsequent Art Nouveau movement of the early-twentieth century.

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Bonnard, Pierre Biography, Art & Analysis

Bonnard, Pierre

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The French artist Pierre Bonnard, although dismissed as old-fashioned by some of the avant-garde in his lifetime, was esteemed by contemporary colorists like Matisse. A member of the Nabis group in his youth, his innovative paintings play with light, decorative surfaces, and Impressionist techniques.

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Breton, Andre Biography, Art & Analysis

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André Breton, author of the 1924 Surrealist Manifesto, was an influential theorizer of both Dada and Surrealism. Born in France, he emigrated to New York during World War II, where he greatly influenced the Abstract Expressionists.

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Breuer, Marcel Biography, Art & Analysis

Breuer, Marcel

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Marcel Breuer's career touched nearly every aspect of three-dimensional design, from tiny utensils to the biggest buildings. Famously part of the Bauhaus school in Germany, Breuer was an influential Hungarian-born modernist that went on to teach many architects of the next generation.

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Delaunay, Sonia Biography, Art & Analysis

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Sonia Delauney with her husband Robert Delauney, began the Orphism art movement during the pre-War period, characterized by its use of strong color palettes and geometric, abstract forms. Delaunay's work also popularly incorporated the use of fabric, furniture design and clothing.

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Feininger, Lyonel Biography, Art & Analysis

Feininger, Lyonel

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Lyonel Feininger was a German-American painter and caricaturist associated with the Die Brucke and Der Blaue Rider groups. He painted in an original style reminiscent of Cubism and Futurism, but he is most famous for helping Walter Gropius build the Bauhaus school where Feininger taught until the school was closed down by the Nazis.

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Gaudí, Antoni Biography, Art & Analysis

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Antoni Gaudí was the most popular representative of the Catalan Modernista movement, which combined elements of Art Nouveau, Japonisme, Gothic design, and geometric forms. Gaudi's design style has been referred to as "global," indicating a profound attention to every detail of his work, from a building's structure and placement down to its smallest decorative details. Gaudi's masterpiece is the Sagrada Familia, a distinctly modern church in Barcelona.Modern Architecture Modern Design Art Nouveau Religious Art Spanish

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Goncharova, Natalia Biography, Art & Analysis

Goncharova, Natalia

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Goncharova, Natalia Famous Art

Goncharova was part of the Russian avant garde generation involved in a relentless exploration of different visual styles. She also co-founded Rayonism with her life partner Mikhail Larionov.

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The Guerrilla Girls Biography, Art & Analysis

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The Guerrilla Girls are a radical feminist activist group that agitates for women's equality in museums and the art world. Originating in the 1980s and active to this day, they are famous for their poster designs and the gorilla masks their members wear as disguises.

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Guimard, Hector Biography, Art & Analysis

Guimard, Hector

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Guimard, Hector Famous Art

Guimard was a leading figure in the Art Nouveau movement and the buildings that he designed exemplified the aims of the movement with their organic curves, unity of decorative arts, and natural elements. He made his greatest mark in Paris where in 1900 he designed the entrances to most of the city's metro stations.

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Horta, Victor Biography, Art & Analysis

Horta, Victor

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Synonymous with Art Nouveau, Horta was one of the greatest innovators and pioneers of the movement, designing flamboyant, lush, and organic houses, buildings, and offices. His works are marked by their curvilinear botanic forms, most of which can still be seen in the city of Brussels.

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Itten, Johannes Biography, Art & Analysis

Itten, Johannes

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Swiss expressionist painter and color theorist Johannes Itten was an influential teacher at the Bauhaus. He wrote influencial books and his biggest legacy is in the students that he influenced.

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Kruger, Barbara Biography, Art & Analysis

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Barbara Kruger is an American conceptual artist. Much of Kruger's work merges found photographs taken from existing sources with pithy and aggressive text. Her captions engage the viewer in the work's greater struggle for power and control.

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Le Corbusier Biography, Art & Analysis

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Le Corbusier was a twentieth-century Swiss-French architect, urban planner, designer, writer and painter. Le Corbusier was a pioneer in modern architecture and his priciples were integral to the hugely popular International Style of architecture.

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Lichtenstein, Roy Biography, Art & Analysis

Lichtenstein, Roy

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Roy Lichtenstein was an American painter and a pioneer of the Pop art movement. His signature reproductions of comic book imagery eventually redefined how the art world viewed high vs. lowbrow art. Lichtenstein employed a unique form of painting called the Benday dot technique, in which small, closely-knit dots of paint were applied to form a much larger image.

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Lissitzky, El Biography, Art & Analysis

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El Lissitzky was a Russian avant-garde painter, photographer, architect and designer. Along with his mentor Kazimir Malevich, Lissitzky helped found Suprematism. His art often employed the use of clean lines and simple geometric forms, and expressed a fascination with Jewish culture. Lissitzky was also a major influence on the Bauhaus school of artists and the Constructivist movement.

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Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Biography, Art & Analysis

Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig

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Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Famous Art

Mies van der Rohe was one of the founding fathers of architectural Modernism and The International Style. Utilizing modern materials and mass production strategies, his buildings rejected surface ornament in favor of a sleek and compact geometry.

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Mondrian, Piet Biography, Art & Analysis

Mondrian, Piet

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Piet Mondrian, a founding member of the De Stijl movement, was a Dutch modern artist who used grids, perpendicular lines, and the three primary colors in what he deemed "Neoplastic" painting.

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Modern Designers: 36 of 310 Total Artists



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