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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of important modern artists that practiced portraiture. We are adding more artists every week, so stay tuned as the most important artists in modern art are given proper coverage.

Portrait Artists: 73 of 295 Total Artists
Arbus, Diane Biography, Art & Analysis

Arbus, Diane

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Arbus, Diane Famous Art

Diane Arbus is recognized for her insightful street-based compositions and black-and-white portraits of marginalized individuals on the fringes of mainstream society, including images of nudists, transvestites, and mentally and physically handicapped people.

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Avedon, Richard Biography, Art & Analysis

Avedon, Richard

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Avedon, Richard Famous Art

Richard Avedon revolutionized fashion photography by enlivening his models, by showing them in movement. He also excelled in black-and-white portraiture - celebraties and common folk were exhibited in psychologoically revealing ways. His large and powerful body of work makes Avedon one of the most famous photographers of all time.

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Bacon, Francis Biography, Art & Analysis

Bacon, Francis

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Francis Bacon was an Irish-born, English painter and one of the 20th century's most celebrated and controversial existentialist artists. Bacon favored dark subject matter, often painting slightly abstracted, biomorphic figures, with bodies contorted or in the throes of madness. Painterly themes of Bacon's include the crucifixion, isolation and the mind's fragility. Bacon was also one of the few English artists of any prominence in modern and contemporary circles during the better part of the 20th century.Portraiture British

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Balthus Biography, Art & Analysis

Balthus

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Balthus Famous Art

Balthus was a Paris-based modern artist whose controversial paintings explored degrees of voyeurism, innocence, and childhood sexuality.

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Baselitz, Georg Biography, Art & Analysis

Baselitz, Georg

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Baselitz, Georg Famous Art

Georg Baselitz is a 20th-century German painter and sculptor, and was an originator of the Neo-Expressionist group "Neue Wilden," which focused on subject-based painting and the importance of color. Much of Baselitz's work is noted for its provocative subject matter, often sexual or overtly dark in nature.

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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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Bazille, Frédéric Biography, Art & Analysis

Bazille, Frédéric

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Frédéric Bazille was an Impressionist and Realist painter who came from a wealthy background and was able to help his fellow artists, including Monet, Sisley, and Manet with money and materials. His career and life were cut short, dying in battle during the Franco-Prussian War at just 29 years old.

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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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Beckmann, Max Biography, Art & Analysis

Beckmann, Max

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Max Beckmann was a German artist, writer, and philosopher commonly associated with the Expressionist movement of the early twentieth century. He abhorred the label 'Expressionism', but juxtaposed scenes from reality by layering figures, colors, and shadows.

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Bell, Leland Biography, Art & Analysis

Bell, Leland

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Bell, Leland Famous Art

Leland Bell was an American painter and founding teacher of the New York Studio School. A contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists, his work nonetheless maintained aquasi-figurative, quasi-abstract style.

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Benton, Thomas Hart Biography, Art & Analysis

Benton, Thomas Hart

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Benton, Thomas Hart Famous Art

Thomas Hart Benton was an American painter whose rural and industrial subjects, grand-scale murals, and figurative style were hallmarks of American Regionalism.

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Calder, Alexander Biography, Art & Analysis

Calder, Alexander

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Calder, Alexander Famous Art

Alexander Calder was an American artist who made important contributions to abstract sculpture, hanging mobiles, and kinetic art. His work reflects both modern and Surrealist influences.

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Cassatt, Mary Biography, Art & Analysis

Cassatt, Mary

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Cassatt, Mary Famous Art

Mary Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker active in France in the late nineteenth century. She was closely associated with Impressionism, and her signature subjects were intimate, domestic scenes of women, mothers, and children.

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Carrington, Dora Biography, Art & Analysis

Carrington, Dora

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Carrington, Dora Famous Art

Beyond her dramatic biography and personality, Carrington brought a unique blend of styles to her work, drawing from movements as disparate as Impressionism, Primitivism, and Surrealism. Her sensitive rendering of her subjects reveals an artist with a keen eye who made an unrivalled contribution to European art of the early twentieth century.

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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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Cézanne, Paul Biography, Art & Analysis

Cézanne, Paul

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Paul Cézanne was an influential French Post-Impressionist painter whose depictions of the natural world, based on internal geometric planes, paved the way for Cubism and later modern art movements.

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Chagall, Marc Biography, Art & Analysis

Chagall, Marc

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Chagall, Marc Famous Art

Marc Chagall was a Russian-born, Jewish-French artist that reached great popularity during the 20th century. Although his art is associated with several movements, Chagall is commonly grouped in with the German Expressionists. Much of his early work was credited with synthesizing visual elements of Cubism, Symbolism and Fauvism.

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Clemente, Francesco Biography, Art & Analysis

Clemente, Francesco

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Clemente, Francesco Famous Art

Francesco Clemente is an Italian painter commonly associated with the Neo-Expressionist movement, otherwise known as Italian Transavantguardia. Much of his work fuses sexuality with an emotional rawness and brutality. Clemente's paintings also contain visual elements of Surrealism.

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Close, Chuck Biography, Art & Analysis

Close, Chuck

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Close, Chuck Famous Art

Chuck Close is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist through his large-scale portraits. Though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he has continued to paint and produce work that remains sought after by museums and collectors.

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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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