impressionist & modern art

IB Visual Art "Artists to Research" List

Originally I made this list for the current IB Visual Art students back home but, I thought I could share it on tumblr as well. I hope you can find this useful! Feel free to add to this list as well!

As an IB Visual Art Student, it is your job to find artists (old masters, and contemporary) who you can draw inspiration from, whether it be their style, use of media, or issues they deal with. The IB Examiners will be very pleased if you use non-western, or POC (people of color) artists in your research

F = female, M = male —> make sure to have a variety of male of female artists!

Contemporary POC Artists

  • Wangenchi Mutu (F, NY, mixed media artist)
  • Chris Ofili (M, British, painter)
  • Yinka Shinobare (M, British-Nigerian, interdisciplinary art)
  • Shinique Smith (F, Boston, interdisciplinary painting and sculpture works)
  • Xu Bing (Male, China, interdisciplinary)
  • Ai Wei Wei (Male, China, interdisciplinary)
  • Gutai Art Association or “Gutai Group” (Post WWII Japanese Art Collective)
  • Takashi Murakami (M, Japan, Contemporary Pop Art)
  • Yayoi Kusama (M, Japan, Contemporary Interdisciplinary Art)

Pastel Artists

  • Edgar Degas (M, French Impressionism)
  • Mary Cassatt (F, Degas’s protégé, American Impressionism)
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (M, French, Post-Impressionist, used mixed Media)
  • Jane Radstrom (F,contemporary artist, pastel portraits)


  • Edward Hopper (M, Nyack NY, American Realist)
  • Frida Kahlo (F, Mexican, modern painter)
  • Paul Cezzane (M, French, the founder of modern friggen art)
  • Paul Gauguin (M, French, Post-Impressionist)
  • Vincent van Gogh (M, Dutch, Expressionism)
  • Gustav Klimt (M, Austrian, Symbolist)
  • Edouard Manet (M, French, Modern Art)
  • Claude Monet (M, French, Father of Impressionism)
  • Henri Matisse (M, French, Modern Art)
  • Amedeo Modigliani (M, Italian, Modern Art)

Contemporary Painters

  • Jenny Saville (F, British,)
  • Euan Uglow (M, British)
  • Alice Neel (F, American)
  • Lucian Freud (M, British)

Other Artists

  • Louise Bourgeois (F, French-American, interdisciplinary sculpture)

‘Femme assise robe bleue’ by Pablo Picasso is not only a remarkable Picasso picture, but one that comes with a striking backstory as this painting, which will hit the auction block at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in May, represents a portrait of the Spanish master’s lover Dora Maar.  It is inextricably intertwined with European history as Picasso painted it in on his birthday (October 25) in 1939, on the eve of the outbreak of World War II.  Soon after its creation, the artwork was expropriated by the Nazis from its original owner, Picasso’s Jewish French art dealer Paul Rosenberg. Toward the end of the war, the artwork was due to be transported to Germany, but was traced, intercepted, and successfully captured by French Resistance fighters, who made it a priority to preserve French culture.

 - courtesy of artnet news - Photo Carl Court - AFP - GettyImages


Zhang Daqian (1899–1983, China)

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Along with Fu Baoshi, the best known internationally Chinese artist of the 20th century. A master of the traditional style, he developed a loose style hybridising Chinese genre painting (landscape, flowers) with expressionist and impressionist-influenced European techniques.