Famous German Artists & Painters

When Pablo Picasso said ‘Painting is a blind man's profession; He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen’, he couldn’t have been more right about the art in itself. Putting some colors on canvas is not what painting is all about. Instead it is the reflection of one’s thought, his/her state of mind and his/her journey towards self-discovery. A source of, both, endless pleasure and greatest anguish, painting is one of the most prominent and oldest art forms known to mankind. It has greatly evolved since the early days, all thanks to the number of legendary artists who have widely contributed and elevated the art form to what it is today. And while talking about painting, the German counterparts cannot be far behind. From the 15th to the current 21st century, Germany has been home to some of the remarkably talented and artistically endowed world painters. Caspar David Friedrich, Max Ernst, Albrecht Durer, Rudolf Kortokraks, and Franz Marc are some of the many prolific German painters that the world takes pride in. Go through this segment and find out in details about the life and works of famous German painters.

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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 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.

 3 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.

 4 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

 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.

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 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 Caspar David Friedrich

Caspar David Friedrich
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 5, 1774
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: May 7, 1840

Caspar David Friedrich was a German painter best remembered for painting mid-period allegorical landscapes. Widely regarded as the most important German painter of his era, Friedrich is celebrated as an important figure of the German Romantic movement. His works have influenced several painters, including Johan Christian Dahl, Arnold Böcklin, and Christiane Pooley.

 9 Gerhard Richter

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

 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 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

 13 Franz Marc

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

 14 Armin Mueller-Stahl

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

 15 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

 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 Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1472 AD
Nationality: German
Died: October 16, 1553

 18 Christiane Kubrick

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

 19 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

 20 Walter Sickert

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

 21 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

 22 Anselm Kiefer

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

 23 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

 24 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

 25 Hannah Höch

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

 26 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

 27 Heinz Linge

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

 28 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

 29 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

 30 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

 31 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

 32 Edgar Froese

Edgar Froese
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German, Russian
Died: January 20, 2015

 33 Matthias Grünewald

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

 34 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

 35 Hans Memling

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

 36 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

 37 Gabriele Munter

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

 38 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

 39 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

 40 August Macke

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

 41 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

 42 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

 43 Max Liebermann

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

 44 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

 45 Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
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Famous As: Sculptor, Writer, Painter, Model, Poet, Artist
Birthdate: July 12, 1874
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: December 15, 1927

 46 Lothar-Günther Buchheim

Lothar-Günther Buchheim
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 6, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: February 22, 2007

 47 Franz Stuck

Franz Stuck
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter, University teacher, Architect
Birthdate: February 23, 1863
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: August 30, 1928

 48 Hermann Zapf

Hermann Zapf
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Famous As: Type designer, Graphic designer, Calligrapher, University teacher, Postage stamp designer, Painter
Birthdate: November 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: June 4, 2015

 49 Karl Diebitsch

Karl Diebitsch
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Famous As: Painter, Postage stamp designer
Birthdate: January 3, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: August 6, 1985

 50 Carl Spitzweg

Carl Spitzweg
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 5, 1808
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: September 23, 1885