Famous German Artists

Find out more about the greatest German Artists, including Paul Klee, Caspar David Friedrich, Max Ernst, Joseph Beuys and Franz Marc.

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 1 Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 21, 1471
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: April 6, 1528

Albrecht Durer was a German painter, theorist, and printmaker of the German Renaissance. During his 20s, Durer established his reputation as a popular printmaker across Europe, thanks to his high-quality woodcut prints. His popularity enabled him to work with major Italian artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Giovanni Bellini, and Raphael. Albrecht Durer also influenced generations of artists, especially in printmaking.

 2 Sandro Kopp

Sandro Kopp
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Famous As: Visual Artist
Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, New Zealander

German/New Zealand visual artist Sandro Kopp is based in Scotland and explores “mediated presence.” His work merges new-age digital elements with classical painting. He is also known as the boyfriend of Academy Award-winning actor Tilda Swinton. His works have been exhibited all across the globe, including France and Italy.

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 3 Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German, Italian
Died: June 13, 2017

 4 Paul Klee

Paul Klee
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 18, 1879
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Swiss, German
Died: June 29, 1940
The father of abstract art, Paul Klee’s works contained elements of surrealism, cubism, and expressionism, but they were not part of any specific school. He was also a skilled violinist and an avid reader. He also taught at the Bauhaus and experimented with various media, such as oil, watercolor, and ink.
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 5 Traudl Junge

Traudl Junge
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Famous As: Memoirist, Painter, Secretary, Writer
Birthdate: March 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: February 10, 2002

 6 Hans Holbein the Younger

Hans Holbein the Younger
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1497 AD
Nationality: German
Died: 1543 AD

Hans Holbein the Younger was a German printmaker and painter. Regarded as one of the 16th century's greatest portraitists, Holbein was also renowned for producing Reformation propaganda, satire, and religious art. Many of his portraits are now considered cultural icons. Holbein is also credited with contributing immensely to the evolution of book design.

 7 Max Ernst

Max Ernst
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor
Birthdate: April 2, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: April 1, 1976

Max Ernst was a German painter, graphic artist, sculptor, and poet. A pioneer of the Dada movement, Ernst played an important role in popularizing surrealism during the early-20th century. He is also credited with inventing a couple of techniques, namely frottage and grattage. In 2005, the Max Ernst Museum was opened in his honor in Brühl, Germany.

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 8 Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter
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Famous As: Painter, University teacher, Visual artist
Birthdate: February 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German

 9 Gerda Taro

Gerda Taro
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Famous As: Photographer, Artist, War photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: July 26, 1937

 10 Klaus Voormann

Klaus Voormann
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Famous As: Bassist, Painter, Actor, Graphic artist
Birthdate: April 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German

 11 Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys
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Famous As: Sculptor, Choreographer, Painter, University teacher
Birthdate: May 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: January 23, 1986

 12 Armin Mueller-Stahl

Armin Mueller-Stahl
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German

 13 Otto Dix

Otto Dix
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Famous As: Painter, Esperantist, University teacher
Birthdate: December 2, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: July 25, 1969

 14 William Alexander

William Alexander
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: April 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German, American
Died: January 24, 1997

 15 Käthe Kollwitz

Käthe Kollwitz
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Lithographer, Poster artist, Autobiographer, Graphic artist
Birthdate: July 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: April 22, 1945

 16 Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 7, 1830
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German, American
Died: February 18, 1902

 17 Franz Marc

Franz Marc
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 8, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: March 4, 1916

 18 Karl Wallenda

Karl Wallenda
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Famous As: Artist, Circus performer
Birthdate: January 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, American
Died: March 22, 1978

 19 Christiane Kubrick

Christiane Kubrick
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Painter
Birthdate: May 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German

 20 Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse

Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 25, 1868
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: October 9, 1937

 21 Walter Sickert

Walter Sickert
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 31, 1860
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: January 22, 1942

 22 Oskar Schlemmer

Oskar Schlemmer
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter, Puppeteer, Artist, Librettist, University teacher
Birthdate: September 4, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: April 13, 1943

 23 Pina Bausch

Pina Bausch
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Famous As: Choreographer, Ballet dancer, Dancer, Artist, Music educator, Ballet master, University teacher
Birthdate: July 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: June 30, 2009

 24 Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor
Birthdate: March 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German

 25 Josef Albers

Josef Albers
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Famous As: Painter, Artist, University teacher
Birthdate: March 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, American
Died: March 25, 1976

 26 Hanns Scharff

Hanns Scharff
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Famous As: Visual artist, Air force officer
Birthdate: December 16, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: September 10, 1992

 27 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor
Birthdate: May 6, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: June 15, 1938

 28 Hannah Höch

Hannah Höch
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 1, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: May 31, 1978

 29 Ulay

Ulay
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Famous As: Artist, Photographer, University teacher
Birthdate: November 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German

 30 Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Schwitters
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Famous As: Painter, Artist, Sculptor, Graphic designer, Writer
Birthdate: June 20, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: January 8, 1948

 31 Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky
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Famous As: Artist, Photographer, University teacher
Birthdate: January 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

 32 Heinz Linge

Heinz Linge
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 23, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: March 9, 1980

 33 Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: January 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: May 29, 1970

 34 Wolfgang Beltracchi

Wolfgang Beltracchi
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Famous As: Art forger, Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Writer
Birthdate: February 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German

 35 Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German, Danish
Died: April 13, 1956

 36 Max Beckmann

Max Beckmann
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Draftsperson, Printmaker, Writer, University teacher, Graphic artist
Birthdate: February 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: December 27, 1950

 37 Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German

 38 Matthias Grünewald

Matthias Grünewald
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1470 AD
Nationality: German
Died: August 31, 1528

 39 Karl Blossfeldt

Karl Blossfeldt
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Famous As: photographer, sculptor, professor
Birthdate: June 13, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: December 9, 1932

 40 Charlotte Salomon

Charlotte Salomon
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Famous As: Artist, Painter
Birthdate: April 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: October 10, 1943

 41 Hans Memling

Hans Memling
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: 1430 AD
Nationality: German
Died: August 11, 1494

 42 Hans Hofmann

Hans Hofmann
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Famous As: Painter, Artist
Birthdate: March 21, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: February 17, 1966

 43 Gabriele Munter

Gabriele Munter
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 19, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: May 19, 1962

 44 Peter Behrens

Peter Behrens
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Famous As: Poster artist, Architect, Typographer, Painter, Designer, Graphic designer, University teacher
Birthdate: April 14, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: February 27, 1940

 45 John Heartfield

John Heartfield
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Famous As: Photographer, Painter, Poster artist
Birthdate: June 19, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: April 26, 1968

 46 August Macke

August Macke
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 3, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: September 26, 1914

 47 Georg Baselitz

Georg Baselitz
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Graphic artist, Printmaker, University teacher
Birthdate: January 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German

 48 Anni Albers

Anni Albers
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Famous As: Textile Artist
Birthdate: June 12, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German, American
Died: May 9, 1994

 49 Max Liebermann

Max Liebermann
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 20, 1847
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: February 8, 1935

 50 Méret Oppenheim

Méret Oppenheim
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Famous As: Photographer, Writer, Painter, Model, Visual artist
Birthdate: October 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Swiss, German
Died: November 15, 1985