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Artists

José de Ribera

Biography Jusepe de Ribera also known as José de Ribera was a famous and incredibly talented Spanish painter. He was born in a family of a...

Heinrich Heine

Heinrich Heine biography Heinrich Heine (originally Harry) (1797–1856) German poet, born in Düsseldorf. One of the poor branch of a rich Jewish family, he grew up under the...

Diego Rivera

Biography When art is true, it is one with nature. This is the secret of primitive art and also of the art of the masters —...

Virginia Woolf

Biography Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) (Adeline) Virginia (née Stephen) Woolf - English author, born in London. Daughter of Sir Leslie *Stephen and sister of Vanessa (wife of Clive *Bell),...

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh biography Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). Dutch painter, born in Zundert. Son of a Calvinist preacher in Holland, after he left school he tried...

Vermeer

Vermeer Biography Johannes Vermeer (or Jan) (1632–1675) Dutch painter, born in Delft. He spent all his life in his birthplace where, in 1653 he joined the Guild of...

Victor Hugo

Biography Victor Marie Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, novelist and dramatist, born in Besançon. Son of an officer in Napoléon’s army, his childhood was a series of moves...

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali biography Salvador Dali (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989) Salvador Dali, the most eccentric and extraordinary person in Spanish painting, was born on May 11,...

Richard Wilbur

Richard Wilbur Biography Richard Wilbur was a leading American poet of the 20th century and literary translator. Not only is he known for being a Pulitzer...

Rembrandt

Rembrandt biography Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) Dutch painter, born at Leyden. Son of a miller, he left university early (1621) to study painting. After three years’ apprenticeship...

Raphael

Raphael biography Raphael Santi (Raffaello Sanzio) (1483–1520) Italian Renaissance painter, born at Urbino. Son of a court painter, his mother died in 1491 and his father in 1494. Influenced...

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir biography Pierre Auguste Renoir  (1841–1919) French painter, born in Limoges. One of the most important of the Impressionists, as a boy he was employed as a...

Paul Klee

Biography Paul Klee (1879–1940) German-Swiss painter, born in Berne. Undecided at first whether to pursue art or music, he eventually went to Munich to study and joined...

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin biography Paul (Eugène-Henri) Gauguin (1848–1903) French painter, born in Paris. He grew up in Orléans, with his father, and in Lima, Peru, with his mother’s family, became...

Paul Cezanne

Biography Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) French post impressionist painter, born in Aix-en-Provence. Son of a rich banker, he wrote poetry, and had as one of his boyhood friends Emile Zola,...

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso biography Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) When in the family of Jose and Mary, on October 25, 1881, a first baby was born; nobody knew how talented...

Michelangelo

Michelangelo biography “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” - Michelangelo Michelangelo (1475-1564) Michelangelo...

Henri Matisse

Henry Matisse biography Henry Matisse (1869–1954) French painter, born in Picardy. He studied art in Paris, copied pictures in the Louvre and was influenced by the Impressionists, Cézanne...

Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott biography Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) Louisa May Alcott was an American poet and novelist known above all for the novels Little Women (1869) and Good...

Leonardo Da Vinci

Biography "Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen." - Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Leonardo...

Keith Haring

Biography Keith Haring (1958 - 1990) The public needs art, and it is the responsibility of a ’self-proclaimed artist’ to realize the public needs art, and not...

John Singleton Copley

Biography John Singleton Copley (1738–1815) John Singleton Copley was the son of 'an Irishman who died in the West Indies in 1737. As far as can be...

John Ruskin

Biography John Ruskin (1819–1900) English author and art critic, born in London. Son of a wealthy wine merchant, he was brought up in a cultured and religious family,...

Joan Miro

Biography Joan Miró (1893–1983) Spanish (Catalan) artist, born in Barcelona. Son of a goldsmith, after some years as a clerk, he suffered a breakdown, then devoted himself to...

Jackson Pollock

Biography It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. The technique is just a means of...

Henri Toulouse Lautrec

Biography Henri (Marie Raymond) de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) French painter and lithographer, born at Albi. Descended from an ancient family of southwest France, a fall from a horse...

Gustav Klimt

Biography The name of the famous Austrian painter, graphic artist and book illustrator Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) is inextricably linked with the modernist style, and his paintings...

Frida Kahlo

Biography Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) Extremely talented and outstanding avant-garde artist of Central America, the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo became well-known for painting the self-portraits, illustrating the pain...

Edward Weston

Biography Edward Henry Weston is an American photographer who created his masterpieces in the 20-40s of the last century. Having achieved success in pictorialism, that is,...

El Greco

Biography El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (1541–1614) Born in Candia (Iráklion), Crete. In Italy he was called El Grequa and later in Spain El Greco. Few details of...

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