Famous American Realist Painters

Right IconThis ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Vote for Your Favourite American Realist Painters
 1 
Edward Hopper
(Realist painter)
Edward Hopper
4
Birthdate: July 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Upper Nyack, New York, United States
Died: May 15, 1967
 2 
Thomas Kinkade
4
Birthdate: January 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Died: April 6, 2012

Painter Thomas Kinkade is remembered for his realistic and idyllic themes. He gained fame by selling printed copies of his art through the Thomas Kinkade Company. He called himself the "Painter of Light” and copyrighted the phrase, too. The movie Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage was based on his life.

 3 
Will Sampson
(Painter)
Will Sampson
4
Birthdate: September 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Okmulgee, Oklahoma, USA
Died: June 3, 1987
Recommended Lists:
 4 
Andrew Wyeth
(One of the Best-Known U.S. Artists of the Middle 20th Century)
Andrew Wyeth
4
Birthdate: July 12, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania,, United States
Died: January 16, 2009
 5 
Winslow Homer
(Painter)
Winslow Homer
3
Birthdate: February 24, 1836
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 29, 1910
 6 
Thomas Eakins
(Painter)
Thomas Eakins
3
Birthdate: July 25, 1844
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 25, 1916
 7 
Henry Ossawa Tanner
(The First African-American Painter to Gain International Acclaim)
Henry Ossawa Tanner
3
Birthdate: June 21, 1859
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died: May 25, 1937
 8 
George Catlin
(Painter)
George Catlin
3
Birthdate: July 26, 1796
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 23, 1872
 9 
Michael Whelan
3
Birthdate: June 29, 0000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Culver City, California, United States
 10 
George Inness
(Painter)
George Inness
3
Birthdate: May 1, 1825
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newburgh, New York, United States
Died: August 3, 1894
 11 
Ivan Albright
(Painter)
Ivan Albright
2
Birthdate: February 20, 1897
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Harvey, Illinois, United States
Died: November 18, 1983
 12 
William Glackens
2
Birthdate: March 13, 1870
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 22, 1938
 13 
George Luks
(Artist)
George Luks
1
Birthdate: August 13, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Williamsport, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 29, 1933
 14 
Yasuo Kuniyoshi
1
Birthdate: September 1, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Okayama, Japan
Died: May 14, 1953

Born in Japan, Yasuo Kuniyoshi moved to the U.S. to avoid military school and began studying painting in Los Angeles and New York instead. His works such as I’m Tired depict women. He was the first living artist to earn a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

 15 
Philip Pearlstein
2
Birthdate: May 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
 16 
Kenyon Cox
(Painter)
Kenyon Cox
1
Birthdate: October 27, 1856
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Warren, Ohio, United States
Died: March 17, 1919
 17 
John F. Peto
(Painter)
John F. Peto
1
Birthdate: May 21, 1854
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 23, 1907
 18 
Howard Kanovitz
0
Birthdate: February 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 2, 2009
 19 
Itshak Holtz
(Painter)
Itshak Holtz
0
Birthdate: December 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Skierniewice, Poland
Died: December 21, 2018

Itshak Holtz was a Polish-born Israeli-American painter best remembered for his drawings and paintings that portray typical scenes of Jewish life. Holtz's work, especially that involving Jewish subjects, has influenced other Jewish artists like David Segal and Eli Frucht.