Top Five American Artists

Here are MyArtBroker’s top five American artists, the ‘greatest hits of American art’ in celebration of Independence Day. Start planning your road trip now…

Edward Hopper (1882-1967)
Most known for his oil paintings that depict a new typically American subject matter: the raking horizontals of the US city: long boulevards, highways and railroads. Lonely figures alongside gas stations, coffee bars and hotel bedrooms.
See it at:
The Metropolitan, New York
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Jackson Pollock  (1912-1956)
Pollock’s vigorous “action paintings”, full of drips, swirls and splatters revolutionized the artworld of 1940s New York.
See it at:
There are two exhibitions currently on show. One at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice for the Biennale (until 14 September), and one at Tate, Liverpool.

Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986)
Painter of glorious, enlarged, exotic—and erotic— flowers. Making you see them in a whole new, sensual light. She was married to Alfred Stieglitz who helped bring many European surrealists and Abstract Expressionists to New York City in the pre-War years.
See it at:
Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mark Rothko (1903-1970)
Born in Russia, to an intellectual Jewish family, Rothko emigrated to the US as a child. He gravitated to a career as an artist creating ever more abstract fields of intense subtle colour and light, imbued with high emotion and charge.
See it at:
Tate Modern, London houses Rothko’s famous Seagram Murals. Free to enter and always on show.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) (pictured)
A defining figure of postwar American art who began his career as a commercial artist in New York and went on to become one of the most prolific and popular artists of his century. Everyone knows his work – an icon.
See it at:
Warhol Museum in the artist’s native Pittsburgh
Own it by:
Visiting MyArtBroker’s available Warhol art pieces here

Who have we missed? Who would be in your top 5? Let us know!