Best Modern Artists for a Tattoo


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Modern artists are the ones who try to create something new and different by reviving old styles. They include abstract, surrealist etc. Here is our list of the best modern artists that you should look for tattoo inspiration. Have a look!

1. Salvador Dali ( 1904-1989)

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Salvador Dalí was an icon among the surrealists and one of the greatest painters of all time. His work has inspired many literary works, movies & songs which makes him even more popular. Although he started his career as a traditional artist but later developed an interest in Surrealism which led him to produce some mind-blowing art pieces like Metamorphosis of Narcissus, The Persistence of Memory, Un Chien Andalou etc.

2. Hieronymus Bosch ( 1450-1516)

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Hieronymous Bosch is one of the most famous painters of all times who was known for his paintings with religious scenes. His painting style involves extensive use of symbolism which has made his work more difficult to be understood by a large number of people. However, among those people who do understand his art, many believe that he was some sort of satanist due to the weird but potentially scary scenes depicted in his paintings.

3. Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

Henri Matisse is one artist whose paintings you can see at any modern art gallery or museum around the world. One reason behind this is that he lived a very long life and produced great artwork throughout his entire life. He is known for using vibrant colours and simplifying the forms which make it easier to understand than other surrealists of his time such as Salvador Dalí. Although he started off as a post-impressionist but later developed an interest in fauvism & paper cutouts.

4. Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

Marc Chagall is one of those artists who would immediately come to your mind when you think about the term Modern Art. An artist hailing from Russia, Marc’s paintings prominently include references to Jewish traditions and culture due to which they were widely ignored during early years but he managed to survive all these hardships & emerged as one of the most popular artists of all time. He was originally trained to be a religious painter but later developed an interest in fauvism & cubism which led him to come up with surrealist paintings like La Mariée, Le Violon d’Ingres etc.

5. Paul Klee (1879-1940)

Paul Klee was one of those modern artists who could capture beauty in form of simple sketches. He started by being an expressionist but later developed a strong interest in colours which made him paint his way until his last days. One striking thing about his work is that he used to play with colours just like kids do when they are colouring their drawings. Not only this but he believed that each colour had its personality so he would mix along with matching colours to create new ones. He also painted for other artists like Kandinsky & Jawlensky.

6. Claude Monet ( 1840-1926)

Claude Monet is the one artist whose paintings you can see almost everywhere around the world, whether it’s a warehouse, hotel or even in someones home. The reason behind this man’s worldwide popularity is that his painting style could be compared to anyone & everyone. One moment you will find him painting the beauty of women and the next moment he will paint something like water lilies or any other flower which makes his work extremely approachable to a large number of people across different age groups. He started as an apprentice but later developed an interest in Impressionism & painted his way until he died.

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