1940 in art
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- Xawery Dunikowski is deported to Auschwitz concentration camp, where he survives until 1945.
- Henry Moore is commissioned as a war artist and produces drawings of Londoners sleeping in the London Underground while sheltering from The Blitz.
- February - The series of 'Careless Talk Costs Lives' propaganda posters by 'Fougasse' is published by the Ministry of Information (United Kingdom).
- October - Grandma Moses' first solo exhibition, "What a Farm Wife Painted", opens at Otto Kallir's Galerie Saint-Etienne in New York City.
- November 3 - The War Artists' Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Information (United Kingdom) opens its first exhibition of War Pictures by British Artists to the public at the otherwise-evacuated National Gallery in London.
- November 13 - Release of Walt Disney's animated movie Fantasia in the United States.
- Vanessa Bell - Leonard Woolf
- Howard Chandler Christy - Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States
- Salvador Dalí
- 'Fougasse' - Careless Talk Costs Lives (propaganda posters)
- Jared French - Glenway Wescott, George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler (series of nude portraits)
- Jesús Guerrero Galván - Head of a Woman
- Edward Hopper
- Office at Night
- Frida Kahlo - The Dream
- Henri Matisse
- La Blouse Roumaine
- Le Rêve de 1940
- Roberto Matta - Dark Light
- John Piper
- Candido Portinari - Seascape
- Eric Ravilious - Watercolours
- Situ Qiao - Put Down Your Whip
- Eric Aumonier - The Archer (East Finchley tube station, London Passenger Transport Board)
- Carl Milles - The Wedding of the Waters (fountain, St. Louis, Missouri)
- Isamu Noguchi - News (stainless steel bas-relief, Rockefeller Center, New York)
- Attilio Piccirilli - Guglielmo Marconi (bronze, Washington, D.C.)
- José Ângelo Cottinelli Telmo (architect) and Leopoldo de Almeida (sculptor) - Padrão dos Descobrimentos (temporary version)
- January 2 - Peter Young, American, painter
- January 6 - John Byrne, Scottish painter and writer.
- January 24
- March 7 - Hannah Wilke, American painter, sculptor and photographer (d.1993).
- March 20 - Mary Ellen Mark, photographer.
- April 11 - Marcia Tucker, American museum curator (d.2006)
- April 16 - Joan Snyder, American painter
- April 30 - Burt Young, actor, painter and author
- June 17 - Alton Kelley, American poster and album artist (d.2008).
- July 5 - Chuck Close, "photorealistic" painter.
- September 10 - David Mann, painter.
- September 27 - Rudolph Moshammer, German fashion designer (d.2005).
- date unknown
- January 18 - Jonas Lie, landscape painter
- February 11 - Ellen Day Hale, American painter and printmaker (b. 1855)
- February 27 - Nicolae Tonitza, painter and etcher
- April 15 - Alexandru Plămădeală, Moldovan sculptor (b. 1888)
- June 21 - Édouard Vuillard, painter (b. 1868)
- June 29 - Paul Klee, Swiss painter expressionism, cubism, and surrealism (b. 1879)
- July 4 - Józef Pankiewicz, painter, graphic artist and teacher (b. 1866)
- August 22 - Paul Gösch, German artist and architect (b. 1885)
- September 15 - Dick Ket, painter
- September 27 - Walter Benjamin, German philosopher, "comparatist" and art critic (b. 1892)
- November 17 - Eric Gill, sculptor and engraver (b. 1882)
- date unknown - Francesco Stella, painter and set designer (b. 1862)