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The Complete Art School Portfolios Guide: Artists & Inspiration

Look at both art history & contemporary art

Resources for art history and contemporary art are growing every day, and the speed and access that you now have to all of that information is simply staggering for us old folks who grew up without the Internet!

You might think that you can just research drawings online, but actually, there is a range and diversity of drawings in books at the library that have yet to be documented online. (let’s face it, Rembrandt and Artemsia Gentileschi were never on Instagram.)

Browsing for famous paintings and sculpture, etc. online works is super convenient and easy, and definitely Google your heart out!  However, there are certainly a lot of drawings that are obscure enough that many are simply not available online.

Contemporary Painting

Human Figure
Jenny Saville
Kehinde Wiley
Amy Sherald
Jordan Casteel
Lucian Freud
Faith Ringgold
Devan Shimoyama
Nicole Eisenman
Lisa Yuskavage
Kerry James Marshall
Dana Schutz
Dan Thompson
David Hockney
Alex Katz
Elizabeth Peyton
Will Cotton
Eric Fischl
Chris Ofili
Cecily Brown
Eric Telfort
Alice Neel
Alex Grey
Kerry James Marshall
George Condo

Landscape
Thomas Sgouros
Wolf Kahn
David Hockney
Antonio Lopez Garcia
Mark Tansey
Michael Mazur
Leon Kossoff
Anselm Kiefer
Peter Doig
Alexis Rockman

Still Life
Giorgio Morandi
Janet Fish
Wayne Thiebeaud
Kathleen Speranza
Caroline Larsen

Portraits
Alex Katz
Marilyn Minter
Elizabeth Peyton
Marlene Dumas
Francesco Clemente
Gary Hume
Luc Tuymans
Chuck Close
Frank Auerbach
Anthony Janello

Contemporary Drawing

Landscapes
Antonio López García

Hilary Brace
Bunny Harvey

Abstract
Paul Noble
Toba Khedoori
Shazia Sikander
Daniel Zeller
Julie Mehretu
Judith Ann Braun
Silke Schatz

Human Figure
Jenny Saville
Antonio López García
Raymond Pettibon
Diane Victor

Historical Drawing

Historical Painting

Figure
Artemisia Gentileschi
Johannes Vermeer
Rembrandt
Jean-Honoré Fragonard
Jean-Antoine Watteau
John Everett Millais
Pontormo
Jacques-Louis David
Caravaggio
Nicolas Poussin
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Surrealism
René Magritte
Marc Chagall
Marcel Duchamp
Hans Bellmer
Frida Kahlo
Giorgio de Chirico
André Breton
Joan Miró
Dorothea Tanning
Leonora Carrington
Méret Oppenheim
Kay Sage
Max Ernst
Salvador Dalí
Man Ray

Figure, 20th century
Alice Neel

Chaim Soutine
Oskar Kokoschka
Edward Hopper
Tamara De Lempicka
Paul Gauguin
Max Beckmann
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Egon Schiele
Erich Heckel
Emile Nolde
Otto Mueller
George Grocz
Edvard Munch
Otto Dix
Jacob Lawrence
James Tisot
Balthus
Graham Sutherland
Joaquín Sorolla
Anders Zorn
Ilya Repin

Figure, Pre-Raphaelites
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
John William Waterhouse
Edward Burne-Jones
John Collier

Figure
Sandro Botticelli
Georges de la Tour
Raphael
Peter Paul Rubens
Jean-François Millet
George Bellows
Grunewald
Rembrandt
Lucas Cranach
Andrea Mantegna
Théodore Géricault
Eugene Delacroix
El Greco
Jan van Eyck
Giotto
Piero della Francesca

Figure, Impressionists
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Mary Cassatt
Berthe Morisot
Édouard Vuillard
Pierre Bonnard
Édouard Manet

Pop Art
Roy Lichtenstein
Keith Haring
Andy Warhol
James Rosenquist
Rober Indiana
Frank Stella
Jim Dine
Tom Wesselman

Landscape
Maxfield Parrish
J. M. W. Turner
George Inness
Winslow Homer
Claude Lorrain
Thomas Cole
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
John Constable
Caspar David Friedrich

Still Life
Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin
Giorgio Morandi
Willem Kalf
Juan Sánchez Cotán
Juan van der Hamen
Paul Cezanne
Antoine Vollon
Pieter Claesz
William Merritt Chase

Abstract
Mark Rothko
Arshile Gorky
Willem de Kooning
Paul Klee
Pat Steir
Joan Mitchell
Alexander Calder
Eva Hesse
Richard Diebenkorn
Robert Motherwell
Jasper Johns
Elaine de Kooning
Wassily Kandinsky
Piet Mondrian
Franz Kline
Amy Sillman
Agnes Martin
Brice Marden
Kazimir Malevich
Jackson Pollock
Helen Frankenthaler

Sculpture

Contemporary
Dale Chihuly
Judy Fox
Tim Hawkinson
Kirsten Hassenfeld
Pat Keck
Tracey Emin
Ruth Asawa
Jeff Koons
Diana Al Hadid
Bruce Nauman
Roxy Paine
Kara Walker
Damien Hirst
Marc Quinn
Cornelia Parker
El Anatsui
Petah Coyne
Lonnie Holley
Huma Bhabha
Nathalie Miebach
Jennifer Maestre
Louise Bourgeois
Anish Kapoor
Damián Ortega
Bob Taplin
Duane Hanson
Antony Gormley
Tara Donovan
Josiah McElheny
Damien Hirst
Ron Mueck
Maurizio Cattelan
Sarah Lucas
Jessica Straus
John Udvardy
Sachiko Akiyama
Andy Goldsworthy

Historical/Modern
Antoine Bourdelle
Auguste Rodin
Umberto Boccioni
Michelangelo
Alexander Calder
Edmonia Lewis
Medardo Rosso
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
Henry Moore
Barbara Hepworth
Jan Arp
Alberto Giacometti
Donatello
Wilhelm Lehmbruck
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Louise Bourgeois
Camille Claudel
Germaine Richier
Hans Bellmer
Edgar Degas
Lorenzo Ghiberti
Marcel Duchamp
Alexander Archipenko
Constantin Brancusi
Claus Oldenburg

Performance Art
Marina Abramović
Wu Tsang
Yoko Ono

Murals
David Alfaro Siqueiros
Diego Rivera
José Clemente Orozco
Thomas Hart Benton
Alexis Rockman
Banksy
John Singer Sargent, BPL
Shepard Fairey

Textiles
Jim Drain
Julia Bland
Nick Cave
Annie Albers
Jeffrey Gibson
Mike Kelley

Installation/Video
Ryan Trecartin
Martine Gutierrez
Bill Viola
Ann Hamilton

Installation
Jenny Holzer
Jessica Stockholder
Tracey Emin
Rachel Whiteread
Do-Ho Suh
Portia Munson
Alex Da Corte
Yayoi Kusama
Adrienne Tarver
Sarah Sze
Richard Serra
Chiharu Shiota
Mona Hatoum
Anna Schuleit Haber
Christo
Matthew Ritchie
Randall Thurston
Xu Bing
Sandy Skoglund
Ann Hamilton
Yayoi Kusama
Oliar Eliasson
Mark Dion
Judy Chicago
Richard Prince
Takashi Murakami
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Kevin Beasley
Sanford Biggers
Gina Osterloh
James Turrell
Jenny Holzer
Barbara Kruger

Illustration

Children’s Books
Bob Staake
Eric Carle
Ezra Jack Keats
Peter Sis
David Macauley
Edward Gorey
Lane Smith
Maurice Sendak
Shaun Tan
Mo Willems
Quentin Blake
Tomie dePaola
Oliver Jeffers
William Steig
Leo Lionni
Richard Scarry
James Gurney
Shel Silverstein
Fred Gwynne
Anita & Arnold Lobel
Oge Mora
Dr. Seuss
A.A. Milne
Don Freeman
Ludwig Bemelmans
Crockett Johnson
Margaret Wise Brown
P.D. Eastman
Yuyi Morales
Kevin Henkes
Jan Brett
Grace Lin
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Julie Benbassat

Editorial Illustration
Marly Gallardo
JooHee Yoon
Bob Staake
Philip Burke
Victo Ngai
Seymour Chwast
Stephen Kroninger
Chester Don Powell
Marshall Arisman
Sue Coe
Edward Penfield
Brad Holland
Norman Rockwell
Kadir Nelson
Anita Kuntz
Daniel Adel
Yuko Shimizu
Maira Kalman
Paul Barnes
Nicolas Duffau
Dadu Shin
Miki Sato
George Cruikshank
Julia Rothman
Malika Favre
Barry Blitt
J.C. Leyendecker
Alex Kiesling

Comics
Junji Ito
Daniel Clowes
Jack Kirby
Dan Wasserman
Walt Kelly
Scott McCloud
Steve Ditko
Harvey Kurtzman
Alex Toth
Milton Caniff
Bill Watterson
Lynda Barry
Harvey Pekar
Mike Mignola
Neal Adams
Neil Gaiman
Harvey Kurtzman
Tove Jansson
Raina Telgemeier
Dav Pilkey
Alison Bechdel
Frank Miller
Sandra Boynton
Jeff Kinney
Robert McCloskey
Naoki Urasawa
Mike Allred
Steve Dillon
Jim Lee
Skottie Young

Comics
Winsor McCay
Osamu Tezuka
Charles Schultz
Tillie Walden
Art Spiegelman
Harvey Pekar
Alison Bechdel
Jules Feiffer
Jillian Tamaki
Robert Crumb
R. Kikuo Johnson
Mike Mignolla
Chris Ware
Alex Toth
Will Eisner

Manga
Takehiko Inoue
Yusuke Murata
Akiko Higashimura
Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Hitoshi Iwaaki
Yoshitoki Oima
Osamu Tezuka
Chica Umino
Sumito Owara
Fumi Yoshinaga
Hiromu Arakaw
Tsubasa Yamaguchi
Junji Ito

Adult Books
NC Wyeth
Nick Bantok
Ralph Steadman
Barry Moser
Kit Williams
Maxfield Parish
Barry Moser
Mead Schaeffer
Rick Geary
Edward Steed
Aubrey Beardsley
H.R. Giger
Song Kang
Shaun Tan
David Wiesner
Frank Frazetta

Architects
Renzo Piano
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Frank Gehry
Zaha Hadid
Daniel Libeskind
Norman Foster
Buckminster Fuller
Antoni Gaudí
I.M. Pei
Renzo Piano
Toyo Ito
Louis Kahn
Philip Johnson
Frank Lloyd Wright
Maya Lin
Philip Johnson
Norman Foster
Eileen Gray
Walter Gropius
Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky
Daniel Libeskind
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Le Corbusier
Isamu Noguchi

 

Mixed Media
Elinore Hollinshead
Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz
Alberto Burri
Faith Ringgold
Betty Saar

Video
Bill Viola
Ann Hamilton
Bruce Naumann
Michal Rovner
Lana Z. Caplan

Printmaking
Piranesi
Sidney Hurwitz
Frederick Mershimer
Andrew Raftery
Barry Moser
Vija Celmins
Carol Wax
Michael Mazur
Shepard Fairey
John Jacobsmeyer
Norman Ackroyd
Mikio Watanabe
John Martin

Apparel
Christian Laubautin
Alexander McQueen
Stella McCartney
Vivienne Westwood
Valentina
Rei Kawakubo
Elie Saab
Betsey Johnson
Madame Grès
Kate Spade
Madeleine Vionnet
Emilio Pucci
Elsa Schiaparelli

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