The “Fathers” of Art

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Portrait of the Artist's Father, Marcel Duchamp, Park West Gallery

Portrait of the Artist’s Father, Marcel Duchamp. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp

Throughout art history, those who dared to challenge traditional techniques of the past or introduce new methods of creativity often earned nicknames as the “Father of” the respective art movements they helped to inspire.

In honor of this upcoming Father’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of some of history’s most distinguished “fathers” of art.

Such titles are somewhat subjective and thus often debated among art scholars and critics. For example, many would argue that “The Father of Cubism” is Georges Braque, while others say it’s Pablo Picasso.

Let us know what you think! Do you agree or disagree with this list?  Can you think of any others? And as always, please share your thoughts below!


  • RENAISSANCE | Giotto
  • BAROQUE | Caravaggio
  • ROCOCO | Jean-Antoine Watteau
  • NEO-CLASSICAL | Jacques-Louis David
  • REALISM | Gustave Courbet
  • IMPRESSIONISM | Camille Pissarro
  • FAUVISM | Henri Matisse
  • ART NOUVEAU | Alphonse Mucha
  • ART DECO | Erté
  • MODERN ART | Paul Cézanne
  • POINTILLISM | Georges Seurat
  • EXPRESSIONISM | Vincent van Gogh
  • ABSTRACTION | Wassily Kandinsky
  • BAUHAUS | Walter Gropius
  • DADA | Marcel Duchamp
  • SURREALISM | Andre Breton
  • POP ART | Richard Hamilton
  • OP ART | Victor Vasarely
  • ACTION PAINTING | Jackson Pollock
  • KINETIC ART | Yaacov Agam
  • ART HISTORY | Giorgio Vasari

REMINDER! Father’s Day is this SUNDAY, JUNE 17!
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