1941 in art
- March 17 – In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- October 24 – English artist Brian Stonehouse is captured as a Special Operations Executive agent in France.
- October 31 – Work ceases on sculpting Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the United States, continued by Lincoln Borglum after the death in March of his father Gutzon Borglum.
- December 30 – American art collector Peggy Guggenheim marries exiled German painter Max Ernst in the United States.
- Ettore DeGrazia's work appears for the first time in Arizona Highways magazine.
- German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, in hiding in the south of France, begins the autobiographical series of paintings Leben? oder Theater?: Ein Singspiel ("Life? or Theater?: A Song-play").
- Indiana University Art Museum established in Bloomington.
- The Art Center in La Jolla established in California.
- Ansel Adams – Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (photograph)
- Ethel V. Ashton – Defenders of the Wyoming Country 1778 (United States post office mural, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania)
- Max Beckmann – Double Portrait, Max Beckmann and Quappi
- Peter Belov – 1941 ("Large Stalin and Red Army")
- Paul Cadmus – Aviator
- Paul Delvaux – The Phases of the Moon
- A. E. Doyle and Associates – Loyal B. Stearns Memorial Fountain (Portland, Oregon)
- Sir Russell Drysdale – Moody's pub
- Jacob Epstein – Jacob and the Angel (alabaster sculpture, 1940–1)
- Ivon Hitchens
- Yousuf Karsh – The Roaring Lion (photographic portrait of Winston Churchill)
- Dame Laura Knight – In For Repairs
- Alonzo Victor Lewis – Dr. Mark A. Matthews (bronze bust, Denny Park (Seattle))
- Musa McKim – Wildlife in White Mountain and Philip Guston – Pulp Wood Logging (murals at Federal Building (Laconia, New Hampshire))
- Roberto Matta
- Composition Abstraite
- Ecouter Vivre
- The Initiation (Origine d’un Extrême)
- Invasion of the Night
- Théorie de l’Arbre
- Paul Nash
- Battle of Britain
- Totes Meer
- John Petts – Alun Lewis
- Pablo Picasso
- Horace Pippin – Self-portrait
- Albin Polasek – Masaryk Memorial, Chicago
- Victor Vasarely – Untitled
- Carel Weight
- April 13 – Jean-Marc Reiser, French comics artist (d. 1983)
- May 23 – Martin Puryear, American sculptor
- June 7 – Tony Ray-Jones, English photographer (d. 1972)
- July 12 – Richard Tuttle, American postminimalist sculptor, painter and installation artist
- July 22 – Vaughn Bodē, American underground comix, graphic design and graffiti artist (d. 1975)
- August 29 – Ugo Nespolo, Italian painter and filmmaker
- September 20 – Dale Chihuly, American glass sculptor.
- September 24 – Linda McCartney, née Eastman, American music photographer (d. 1998)
- December 6 – Bruce Nauman, American installation and video artist
- December 31 – Robert Lenkiewicz, English painter (d. 2002)
- date unknown
- January 10 – John Lavery, Irish painter and war artist (b. 1856)
- February 6 – Maximilien Luce, French painter (b. 1858)
- March 6 – Gutzon Borglum, American sculptor (b. 1867)
- March 30 – Bertha Jaques, American etcher (b. 1863)
- April 14 – Guillermo Kahlo, German-Mexican photographer (b. 1871)
- April 16 – Émile Bernard, French] Post-Impressionist painter (b. 1868)
- October 25 – Robert Delaunay, French painter (b. 1885)
- November 7 – Frank Pick, English transport administrator and patron of art and design (b. 1878)
- December 3 – Pavel Filonov, Russian painter and poet (b. 1883)
- December 5 – Amrita Sher-Gil, Indian painter (b. 1913)
- December 30 – El Lissitzky, Russian designer, architect and photographer (b. 1890)
- date unknown – William Jacob Baer, American miniature painter (b. 1860)
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- Williams, David O. "Dale Chihuly". Diane Farris Gallery. Diane Farris Gallery. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
- Anne Millar Stewart (2003), "Lavery, Sir John" in Brian Lalor (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Ireland. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-3000-2