Famous American Artists: Names & Paintings

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: Construction: Definition & Types

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:04 Background
  • 0:39 Emmanuel Gottlieb Leutze
  • 1:29 Winslow Homer
  • 1:57 Grant Wood
  • 2:54 Georgia O'Keeffe
  • 3:45 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Speed Speed
Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Summer Stewart

Summer has taught creative writing and sciences at the college level. She holds an MFA in Creative writing and a B.A.S. in English and Nutrition

Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, Winslow Homer, Grant Wood, and Georgia O'Keeffe are famous American artist who have made a significant contribution to American art. In this lesson, we will look at each artist and their work.


It's not a secret that art has been a significant piece of American history, but just who are some of America's famous artists? The artwork of Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, Winslow Homer, Grant Wood, and Georgia O'Keeffe have impacted the lives of Americans for generations. From the beginning of American history with Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's painting of George Washington to Georgia O'Keeffe's Impressionist landscape paintings, these artists have helped shape American art. In this lesson, we'll learn about each of these artists and take a look at some of their best pieces of art.

Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze

Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze is one of America's most famous artists. His painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware, was painted in 1851 and depicts George Washington crossing the Delaware river during the Revolutionary War. This painting is a symbol of American patriotism, but the funny thing about that painting was that it was supposed to inspire the Germans.

Leutze lived in America during his childhood before returning to Germany to attend school in 1851. He was heavily influenced by American history, and it showed in his paintings. During the 20 years that he spent in Germany, his paintings were interpretations of America. He returned to America, and, in 1860, he was asked to paint the stairway at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. What resulted was the famous painting, Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way.

Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer was an American painter born in Massachusetts in 1838. His oil paintings of marine environments are the most popular ones. For example, Sunset Fires, is one of his best-known paintings. Winslow was an expert at sketching, watercolor, and oil paintings. On the surface, many of his paintings are remarkably simple, but upon further investigation, it's clear that Winslow's paintings look at the struggle of human existence in such a large environment.

Grant Wood

Grant Wood was an American painter who was an advocate and member of the Midwestern Regionalism movement. Midwestern Regionalism was an art movement of the 1930s that was concerned with painting realistic interpretations of the American Midwest. In Wood's early years, he painted in an impressionistic manner, but abandoned it for a more realistic interpretation of life after he made a trip to Germany. He developed a skill to paint with incredibly sharp lines and details that inhabit his most famous paintings.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account