Midjourney Reference Art: Modern Art

Create your prompt in the style of a legendary modern artist.

Text-to-image generative AI applications (like Midjourney) are incredibly powerful tools that can help you create any image that you’re able to sufficiently prompt.

These applications can create art in the style of nearly any known artist. Below, find reference art for some of the best-known artists. Use these reference images to prompt for art to be created “in the style of _______.”

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Salvador Dali

Style: Surrealism
Key Descriptors: Dreamlike, Enigmatic, Melting, Psychedelic, Illusory

Vincent van Gogh

Style: Post-Impressionism
Key Descriptors: Expressive, Movement, Colorful, Symbolic, Enigmatic

Frida Kahlo

Style: Naive Art
Key Descriptors: Surrealist, Raw, Feminist, Emotional, Autobiographical

Henri Matisse

Style: Fauvism
Key Descriptors: Fluid, Playful, Simplistic, Flat, Lyrical

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Style: Graffiti Art
Key Descriptors: Graffiti-inspired, Collage, Deconstructed, Primitivism, Abstract


Style: Street Art
Key Descriptors: Graffiti, Witty, Political, Satirical, Street Art, Subversive

Edvard Munch

Style: Expressionism
Key Descriptors: Dark, Melancholic, Intense, Psychological, Figurative

Gustav Klimt

Style: Art Nouveau
Key Descriptors: Sensual, Decorative, Feminine, Decadent, Whimsical

René Magritte

Style: Surrealism
Key Descriptors: Playful, Illusionistic, Juxtaposition, Conceptual, Dreamlike

Marc Chagall

Style: Modernism
Key Descriptors: Whimsical, Poetic, Symbolic, Playful, Mystical

Wassily Kandinsky

Style: Abstract Art
Key Descriptors: Abstract, Geometric, Musical, Non-representational, Synesthetic

Paul Cézanne

Style: Post-Impressionism
Key Descriptors: Spatial, Form-focused, Structural, Textured, Naturalistic

Amedeo Modigliani

Style: Modernism
Key Descriptors: Expressionistic, Linear, Simplified, Modernist, Romantic

Egon Schiele

Style: Expressionism
Key Descriptors: Psychological, Controversial, Emotive, Raw, Expressionistic, Distorted

Joan Miró

Style: Surrealism
Key Descriptors: Childlike, Whimsical, Abstract, Poetic, Dreamlike

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Style: Post-Impressionism
Key Descriptors: Realistic, Graphic, Post-Impressionistic, Lively, Decadent

Frédéric Bazille

Style: Impressionism
Key Descriptors: Atmospheric, Youthful, Realistic, Naturalistic, Light-filled

Georgia O’Keeffe

Style: American Modernism
Key Descriptors: Simplistic, Feminine, Organic, Floral, Surreal

Mary Cassatt

Style: Impressionism
Key Descriptors: Realistic, Delicate, Family-oriented, Pastel-colored

Willem de Kooning

Style: Abstract Expressionism
Key Descriptors: Gestural, Layered, Feminine, Chaotic, Fluid

Jackson Pollock

Style: Action Painting
Key Descriptors: Chaotic, Large-scale, Fluid, Layered

Mark Rothko

Style: Color Field Painting
Key Descriptors: Meditative, Spiritual, Monochromatic, Simplistic, Ethereal

Robert Rauschenberg

Style: Neo-Dada
Key Descriptors: Collage, Found objects, Layered, Conceptual

Roy Lichtenstein

Style: Pop Art
Key Descriptors: Comic book-inspired, Satirical, Irony, Parody

Claes Oldenburg

Style: Pop Art
Key Descriptors: Oversized, Humorous, Monumental, Satirical, Whimsical

Tom Wesselmann

Style: Pop Art
Key Descriptors: Figurative, Graphic, Nudes, Colorful

Jim Dine

Style: Pop Art
Key Descriptors: Assemblage, Everyday objects, Graphic, Expressive

Ed Ruscha

Style: Pop Art
Key Descriptors: Americana, Cinematic, Commercialism, Satirical, Minimalism

David Hockney

Style: Pop Art
Key Descriptors: Figurative, Graphic, Collage, Landscapes, Portraits

Jasper Johns

Style: Neo-Dada
Key Descriptors: Abstract, Texture, Monochromatic, Encaustic

Robert Indiana

Style: Pop Art
Key Descriptors: Americana, Minimalism, Graphic, Conceptual

Richard Hamilton

Style: Pop Art
Key Descriptors: Political, Critique, Collage, Consumerism

Yoko Ono

Style: Fluxus
Key Descriptors: Interactive, Feminist, Avant-garde, Zen, Collaborative

Niki de Saint Phalle

Style: Naive Art
Key Descriptors: Feminine, Mythical, Vibrant, Sculpture, Playful

Keith Haring

Style: Graffiti Art
Key Descriptors: Movement, Pop, Socially Conscious, Cartoonish

Jean Dubuffet

Style: Art Brut
Key Descriptors: Childlike, Eccentric, Primitivistic, Abstract, Vibrant

Max Ernst

Style: Surrealism
Key Descriptors: Fantastical, Bizarre, Collage, Dark, Subversive

Paul Klee

Style: Expressionism
Key Descriptors: Whimsical, Musical, Poetic, Abstract

James Rosenquist

Style: Pop Art
Key Descriptors: Collage, Surreal, Large-scale, Fragmented

Daniel Arsham

Style: Architectural Art
Key Descriptors: Surreal, Mystical, Eroded, Futuristic, Interactive

Liu Bolin

Style: Invisible Art
Key Descriptors: Protest, Performance, Political, Surreal

Ai Weiwei

Style: Political Art
Key Descriptors: Provocative, Iconoclastic, Contemporary, Reflective

Jenny Holzer

Style: Conceptual Art
Key Descriptors: Installation, Feminism, Power, Political, Light