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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of the modern artists whose work was particularly political in nature and aspirations. More additions are on the way!

Political Artists: 48 of 310 Total Artists
Abramović, Marina Biography, Art & Analysis

Abramović, Marina

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Abramović, Marina Famous Art

Marina Abramović's is one of the key artist in the performance art movement. Her work often involves putting herself in grave danger and performing lengthy, harmful routines that result in her being cut or burnt, or enduring some privation.

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Ai Weiwei Biography, Art & Analysis

Ai Weiwei

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Ai Weiwei Famous Art

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese Conceptual artist and activist. His pieces explore many themes, including history, society, human rights, and the freedom of speech. Weiwei's open critique of the Chinese government has caused him many problems with Chinese authorities and challenged the establishment in an epic way.

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Basquiat, Jean-Michel Biography, Art & Analysis

Basquiat, Jean-Michel

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Basquiat, Jean-Michel Famous Art

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American painter who rose to fame in the 1980s, and was the first African-American artist to gain international acclaim. His emotionally-charged paintings gave rise to graffiti art and the Neo-Expressionist movement, and are still considered among the most avant-garde artworks of the late-20th century.

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Bearden, Romare Biography, Art & Analysis

Bearden, Romare

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Bearden, Romare Famous Art

Romare Bearden celebrated the black American experience, which he integrated into greater American modernism. He found his own voice by creating collages made up of cut and torn photographs found in popular magazines that he then reassembled into visually powerful statements.

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Boccioni, Umberto Biography, Art & Analysis

Boccioni, Umberto

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Boccioni, Umberto Famous Art

Umberto Boccioni was an Italian painter and sculptor. Like the other Futurists, his work centered on the portrayal of movement, speed, and technology. After moving to Milan in 1907, he became acquainted with the Futurists, including the famous poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, and became one of the movement's main theorists.

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Caillebotte, Gustave Biography, Art & Analysis

Caillebotte, Gustave

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Caillebotte, Gustave Famous Art

Gustave Caillebotte was a nineteenth-century French painter and one of the Impressionist artists, though his style resembled Realism more than Impressionism. Caillebotte was also an early practitioner of using photography for composing his images, a prominent art patron, and an outspoken supporter of other Impressionists like Pissarro, Monet, and Renoir. His vast wealth also allowed Caillebotte to fund several exhibitions of Impressionist art, and to convince the Louvre to acquire many important works.

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Cartier-Bresson, Henri Biography, Art & Analysis

Cartier-Bresson, Henri

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Cartier-Bresson, Henri Famous Art

The French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson defined the field of photojournalism and created some of the most memorable photos of the greatest world events of his era. He also brilliantly captured "the decisive moment", the split second when an intersting and powerful composition is best photographed.

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Christo Biography, Art & Analysis

Christo

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Christo is a Bulgarian land and environmental artist, best known as one half of the married artist team Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Together, Christo and Jeanne-Claude created temporary land art installations, so grand in scale and ambition that controversy often followed. The best known examples of their work include Wrapped Coast (1969) in Little Bay, Australian, Wrapped Reichstag (1995) in Berlin, and The Gates (2004) in New York City.

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Courbet, Gustave Biography, Art & Analysis

Courbet, Gustave

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Courbet, Gustave Famous Art

Gustave Courbet was a French painter and chief figure in the Realist movement of the mid-19th century. His paintings often contained an emotional bleakness, and were praised for their precision and use of light. Along with Delacroix, Courbet was a key influence on the Impressionists.

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Daumier, Honoré Biography, Art & Analysis

Daumier, Honoré

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Daumier, Honoré Famous Art

Honore Daumier was an accomplished artist in several media, but especially well-known for his political caricatures and satirical art and key member of the Realism movement.

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David, Jacques Louis Biography, Art & Analysis

David, Jacques Louis

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David, Jacques Louis Famous Art

Jacques Louis David was a French neoclassical artist who is best known for his historical, iconic paintings include 'The Oath of the Horatii,' 'The Death of Marat' and 'The Coronation of Napoleon.' Beyond tremendous talent and influence, David proved adept at working with multiple political regimes during the turbulent years of the French Revolution.

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Ensor, James Biography, Art & Analysis

Ensor, James

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Ensor, James Famous Art

James Ensor's complex use of allegory and eccentric subject matter, such as carnivals, puppetry, and skeletons, made him one of the nineteenth century's most innovative and important visual artists.

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Evans, Walker Biography, Art & Analysis

Evans, Walker

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Evans, Walker Famous Art

The photographs of Walker Evans told the story of American working-class life with an exacting frankness that was truly revolutionary for its time. He is best well-known for his documentation of the effects of the Great Depression, especially for the iconic portrait of Southern Farmer's wife.

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Géricault, Théodore Biography, Art & Analysis

Géricault, Théodore

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Géricault, Théodore Famous Art

Géricault was a French painter and lithographer during the early nineteenth century. Heavily influenced by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens and the Baroque paintings of Velasquez, Gericault became a pioneer in the Romantic period of French painting - as highlighted in his master work: Raft of the Medusa.

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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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Gonzalez, Julio Biography, Art & Analysis

Gonzalez, Julio

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Gonzalez, Julio Famous Art

Julio Gonzalez was a Catalan-Spanish sculptor best known for bronze and iron welding, creating many famous semi-abstract works that often highlighted the horros of war.

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Goya, Francisco Biography, Art & Analysis

Goya, Francisco

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Goya, Francisco Famous Art

Francisco Goya was an eighteenth-century Spanish painter, and is considered by many to be "the father of modern painting." Informed by the Baroque style and the Classicists, Goya's art was part of the Romanticism movement, but also contained provocative elements such as social critiques, nudes, war, and allegories of death. He is considered a major influence on the works of Manet, Picasso, and Dali.

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The Guerrilla Girls Biography, Art & Analysis

The Guerrilla Girls

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The Guerrilla Girls Famous Art

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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Haring, Keith Biography, Art & Analysis

Haring, Keith

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Haring, Keith Famous Art

Keith Haring was a crucial part of the 1980s New York City art, performance and street scenes, creating graffiti-inspired works and drawings, often in public places such as the subway.

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Hassam, Childe Biography, Art & Analysis

Hassam, Childe

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Hassam, Childe Famous Art

Childe Hassam is one of the giants of American Impressionism - he turned his art into an industry that mirrored the rapid industrialization of America at the turn of the twentieth century. In hundreds of works, he strove to depict both the frenzied pace of city life as well as the unspoiled expanses of nature.Impressionism Landscape Painting Political Art American

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Political Artists: 48 of 310 Total Artists



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