Famous watercolor artists not only have an influence on modern art, but some of these names have also had their fair share of influential power on modern cultures.
You can find some on public television, some with successful YouTube channels, and some in the most famous art museums in the world and regarded as the most famous pieces of all-time.
1. John Singer Sargent
The American, John Singer Sargent, is recognized worldwide as one of the biggest positive influences on the medium and one of the most stimulating and most important artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries artist immigrants.
Famous John Singer Sargent Watercolor Paintings Include:
Simplon Lesson, 1911
2. Vincent Van Gogh
The artist from Holland, Vincent van Gogh, was an artist whose work was one of the most important influences of 20th-century art and whose depression was well-known. Although he was most famous for his oil paintings, he still has a collection of over 150 watercolor painting pieces. Everybody has heard of Van Gogh!
Famous Van Gogh Watercolor Paintings Include:
A Sunday in Eindhoven
3. Paul Klee
Paul Klee was a German artist of Swiss origin. His individuality was influenced by artistic movements such as expressionism, cubism, and surrealism.
Famous Paul Klee Watercolor Paintings Include:
Twittering Machine, 1922
4. Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was a scholar of the Italian Renaissance, who was considered to be one of the greatest artists of all time. The Mona Lisa is Leonardo’s most famous work and the most famous portrait ever created. He was an artist of several mediums, like several artists on this list.
His watercolor works get little recognition compared to his other works.
Famous da Vinci Watercolor Paintings Include:
5. Georgia O’Keeffe
One of the most influential women in the medium, Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the first American Modernists. She was the first woman to gain fame for the style. She’s well-known for her southwest landscapes and portrayals.
Famous Georgia O’Keeffe Watercolor Paintings Include:
Canyon with Crows, 1917
6. Bob Ross
Bob Ross was an American artist, art teacher, and television presenter. He was the director and presenter of the educational television program “Joy of Painting”, which was aired between 1983-1994 on public television throughout America and Canada.
Famous Bob Ross Watercolor Paintings Include:
Before the Snowfall
7. Albrecht Dürer
Albrecht Dürer was an artist and theorist of the German Renaissance. Dürer was born in Nuremberg and gained his popularity and influence throughout Europe in his twenties thanks to his high-quality wood prints.
Famous Albrecht Durer Watercolor Paintings Include:
View of the Acro Valley in Tyrol, 1495
8. Brenda Swenson
Brenda Swenson was a member of the board of the National Society of Watercolor in America and Watercolor West community. Her sketches and paintings were published in the magazines ‘Watercolor’ and ‘Classic Trucks’. She has a large following, now, on YouTube for her excellent tutorials.
Famous Watercolor Sketches by Brenda Swenson Include:
Known to many on YouTube as the ‘Bob Ross of Japan’, Shibasaki has gained a cult-like audience all over the world for his calming presence on his booming YouTube channel in which he teaches his watercolor techniques in easy-step watercolor tutorials.
Famous Watercolor by Shibasaki Paintings Include:
10. Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky, a painter and theorist of Russian art, rose to fame decades ago. It is widely accepted that Kandinsky is a pioneer of abstract art.
Famous Wassily Kandinsky Watercolor Paintings Include:
This was Kandinsky’s first abstract watercolor piece and highly regarded as his most well-known, titled “Untitled”.
** Bonus: Famous Watercolor Painting Appreciation
As huge comic fans, we have to acknowledge one artist – Bill Watterson – for the impact he has had on the medium with his world-famous Calvin and Hobbes watercolor series.
Here is something for visualization:
Most Famous Watercolor Artists of All-Time
These artists have done their part in showcasing the beauty of watercolor and, although they have all had their impact throughout watercolor history, all have brought their own styles, too.
If you would like to find watercolor ideas and techniques of your own, check out our watercolor tutorials section to get started in improving your craft!
Let us know which artists we forgot! This is a list we compiled in our opinion, so there is room for conversation.
I have a Charles Dickinson water colour painting