Top 200 Artists of the 20th Century – The Times Readers Poll


The Times recently released the results of its reader survey of the Top 200 Artists of the 20th Century. After 1,461,523 votes, the results are fairly conclusive, if not a little surprising.

As the Times states, several artists would seem to be overrated whilst others seemingly unrecognised for their influence on modern art. Andy Warhol comes only eighth whilst the broadly decorative Gustav Klimt comes in third. David Bomberg and Augustus john are a couple of real talents that were all but forgotten.

Painting would seem to be more appealing than sculpture. At 16, Constantin Brancusi is the first sculptor to make the list, with Alberto Giacometti sneaking in at 25. The results also indicate a strong pull toward early modern, towards styles and experiments that have had a century or so to settle in. The Top Five artists have all been dead for at least 50 years, with Jasper Johns the first living artist on the list coming in at 19.

Without guiding your thoughts in any further, here’s the Top 200 Artists of the 20th Century as voted by Times readers for your perusal and comment:

# Artist list       Votes
1 Pablo Picasso      21587
2 Paul Cezanne      21098
3 Gustav Klimt      20823
4 Claude Monet      20684
5 Marcel Duchamp      20647
6 Henri Matisse      17096
7 Jackson Pollock      17051
8 Andy Warhol      17047
9 Willem De Kooning      17042
10 Piet Mondrian      17028
11 Paul Gauguin      17027
12 Francis Bacon      17018
13 Robert Rauschenberg      16956
14 Georges Braque      16788
15 Wassily Kandinsky      16055
16 Constantin Brancusi      14224
17 Kasimir Malevich      13609
18 Jasper Johns      12988
19 Frida Kahlo      12940
20 Martin Kippenberger      12784
21 Paul Klee      12750
22 Egon Schiele      12696
23 Donald Judd      12613
24 Bruce Nauman      12517
25 Alberto Giacometti      12098
26 Salvador Dalí      11496
27 Auguste Rodin      8989
28 Mark Rothko      8951
29 Edward Hopper      8918
30 Lucian Freud      8897
31 Richard Serra      8858
32 Rene Magritte      8837
33 David Hockney      8787
34 Philip Guston      8786
35 Henri Cartier-Bresson      8779
36 Pierre Bonnard      8778
37 Jean-Michel Basquiat      8746
38 Max Ernst      8737
39 Diane Arbus      8733
40 Georgia O’Keeffe      8714
41 Cy Twombly      8708
42 Max Beckmann      8690
43 Barnett Newman      8643
44 Giorgio De Chirico      8462
45 Roy Lichtenstein      7441
46 Edvard Munch      5080
47 Pierre Auguste Renoir      5063
48 Man Ray      5050
49 Henry Moore      5045
50 Cindy Sherman      5041
51 Jeff Koons      5028
52 Tracey Emin      4961
53 Damien Hirst      4960
54 Yves Klein      4948
55 Henri Rousseau      4944
56 Chaim Soutine      4927
57 Arshile Gorky      4926
58 Amedeo Modigliani      4924
59 Umberto Boccioni      4918
60 Jean Dubuffet      4910
61 Eva Hesse      4908
62 Edouard Vuillard      4899
63 Carl Andre      4898
64 Juan Gris      4898
65 Lucio Fontana      4896
66 Franz Kline      4894
67 David Smith      4842
68 Joseph Beuys      4480
69 Alexander Calder      3241
70 Louise Bourgeois      3240
71 Marc Chagall      3224
72 Gerhard Richter      3123
73 Balthus      3090
74 Joan Miro      3087
75 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner      3084
76 Frank Stella      3078
77 Georg Baselitz      3048
78 Francis Picabia      3046
79 Jenny Saville      3034
80 Dan Flavin      3024
81 Alfred Stieglitz      3017
82 Anselm Kiefer      3010
83 Matthew Barney      3005
84 George Grosz      2990
85 Bernd And Hilla Becher      2980
86 Sigmar Polke      2966
87 Brice Marden      2947
88 Maurizio Cattelan      2940
89 Sol LeWitt      2926
90 Chuck Close      2915
91 Edward Weston      2899
92 Joseph Cornell      2893
93 Karel Appel      2890
94 Bridget Riley      2885
95 Alexander Archipenko      2884
96 Anthony Caro      2879
97 Richard Hamilton      2878
98 Clyfford Still      2864
99 Luc Tuymans      2862
100 Claes Oldenburg      2843
101 Eduardo Paolozzi      2839
102 Frank Auerbach      2836
103 Dinos and Jake Chapman      2827
104 Marlene Dumas      2827
105 Antoni Tapies      2825
106 Giorgio Morandi      2824
107 Walker Evans      2823
108 Nan Goldin      2819
109 Robert Frank      2818
110 Georges Rouault      2818
111 Jean Arp      2817
112 August Sander      2809
113 James Rosenquist      2808
114 Andreas Gursky      2804
115 Eugene Atget      2802
116 Jeff Wall      2790
117 Ellsworth Kelly      2789
118 Bill Brandt      2787
119 Christo And Jeanne Claude      2782
120 Howard Hodgkin      2781
121 Josef Albers      2781
122 Piero Manzoni      2777
123 Agnes Martin      2771
124 Anish Kapoor      2768
125 L.S. Lowry      2761
126 Robert Motherwell      2754
127 Robert Delaunay      2747
128 Stuart Davis      2742
129 Ed Ruscha      2731
130 Gilbert & George      2729
131 Stanley Spencer      2720
132 James Ensor      2719
133 Fernand Leger      2718
134 Brassai (Gyula Halasz)      2717
135 Alexander Rodchenko      2715
136 Robert Ryman      2711
137 Ad Reinhardt      2709
138 Hans Bellmer      2700
139 Isa Genzken      2699
140 Kees Van Dongen      2698
141 Weegee      2698
142 Paula Rego      2695
143 Thomas Hart Benton      2689
144 Hans Hofmann      2684
145 Vladimir Tatlin      2679
146 Odilon Redon      2653
147 George Segal      2619
148 Jorg Immendorff      2611
149 Robert Smithson      2435
150 Peter Doig      2324
151 Ed and Nancy Kienholz      2293
152 Richard Prince      2266
153 Ansel Adams      2262
154 Naum Gabo      2256
155 Diego Rivera      2239
156 Barbara Hepworth      2237
157 Nicolas De Stael      2237
158 Walter De Maria      2229
159 Felix Gonzalez-Torres      2228
160 Giacomo Balla      2225
161 Ben Nicholson      2221
162 Anthony Gormley      2218
163 Lyonel Feininger      2216
164 Emil Nolde      2213
165 Mark Wallinger      2211
166 Hermann Nitsch      2209
167 Paul Signac      2209
168 Jean Tinguely      2209
169 Kurt Schwitters      2209
170 Grayson Perry      2208
171 Julian Schnabel      2208
172 Raymond Duchamp-Villon      2208
173 Robert Gober      2208
174 Duane Hanson      2208
175 Richard Diebenkorn      2207
176 Alex Katz      2207
177 Alighiero E Boetti      2206
178 Henri Gaudier-Brzeska      2206
179 Laszlo Moholy-Nagy      2205
180 Jacques-Henri Lartigue      2205
181 Robert Morris      2205
182 Sarah Lucas      2204
183 Jannis Kounellis      2204
184 Chris Burden      2204
185 Otto Dix      2203
186 David Bomberg      2203
187 Fischli & Weiss      2203
188 Augustus John      2203
189 Marsden Hartley      2203
190 Takashi Murakami      2203
191 James Turrell      2202
192 Isamu Noguchi      2201
193 Robert Mangold      2201
194 John Chamberlain      2201
195 Charles Demuth      2200
196 John Currin      2200
197 Alberto Burri      2200
198 Arnulf Rainer      2200
199 David Salle      2200
200 Hiroshi Sugimoto      2199


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