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10 Famous Artist Printmakers

Famous Artist Printmakers


From Old Masters to today’s contemporary artists, there are certain artists who have become household names by people who have little knowledge or appreciation of art or art history. It is as if these artists have transcended time. However, there are many celebrated, influential and commercially successful artists who are not known outside of the art world or the more informed collector, and so cannot therefore be deemed to be ‘famous’.

Our ability to name at least a handful of famous artists without too much trouble may initially have started by what we are taught at school. Certain artworks have become embedded in our psyche giving artists almost mythical status such a Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Monet’s Waterlilies. Over the last decade or so, highly publicised high auction prices have cemented the fame and status of certain artists.

Some of the most famous artists of all time did not make prints or made very few – these artists include Leonardo Da Vinci, Vermeer, Botticelli, Vincent van Gogh, Michelangelo, Jackson Pollock, Claude Monet and Frida Kahlo.

The following 10 famous artists were prolific printmakers:

Rembrandt with Cap Pulled Forward by Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt
Rembrandt with Cap Pulled Forward, Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt
Løsrivelse II / Separation II W78, Edvard Munch
Tête De Femme, Henri Matisse
Tete de Femme, Pablo Picasso
Paysage au Coq, Marc Chagall
Marilyn Monroe (FS II.27), Andy Warhol
Le Coche et le Mouche (The coach and the fly), Salvador Dali
Brushstroke, Roy Lichtenstein
Lithograph of Water Made of Lines, David Hockney
Pulp Fiction, Banksy