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Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) Albrecht Durer was born in Nuremberg on May 21, 1471. His father moved from Hungary and was known as the best jeweler. The family had eighteen children; the future artist was born the third. Being the son of a city dwe…

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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987) Andy Warhol was a legendary man and the artist who turned the world of modern art upside down. His works and the artistic heritage is highly appreciated by critics and masters of art all over the world. Nowadays, the na…

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Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was born in 1571 in Italy in Lombardy. It is still unknown where this outstanding person was born, and the date of his birth but the scientists suggest that he coul…

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Claude Monet

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” ― Claude Monet   Oscar Claude Monet is a famous impressionist who dedicated his whole life to painting. …

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Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel (1883-1971) “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” Coco Chanel Born on August 19, 1883, in Saumur, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings were raised in the orphanage, as their parents died when the future well-known d…

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Diego Rivera

When art is true, it is one with nature. This is the secret of primitive art and also of the art of the masters — Michelangelo, Cezanne, Seurat, and Renoir. The secret of my best work is that it is Mexican. — Diego Rivera   Mexican artis…

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Diego Velazquez

Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599–1660) Spanish painter of Portuguese descent, born in Seville. At the age of 14 he began to study under Francisco Pacheco, an indifferent artist whose daughter he married. At first working closely fro…

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Edgar Degas

Edgar (Hilaire-Germain) Degas (1834–1917) French painter and sculptor, born in Paris. From a prosperous mercantile family, he studied with Louis Lamothe, a follower of Ingres and although at first he seemed likely to become an academic painter,…

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Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch (1863–1944)   Norwegian painter, born in Löten. The misfortunes and miseries that surrounded him as he grew up seem to have embittered his attitude to life and left him with a feeling of the malignancy of fate. Having been …

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Edward Weston

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, art, which emphasizes in the photo those features that brought it closer to the painting…

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El Greco

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 his life are known. He was in Venice by 1570 (he probably studied under the then aged…

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Fazlur Rahman Khan

  Fazlur Rahman Khan (1929 - 1982) Fazlur Rahman Khan is an American civil engineer, author of the Chicago-based skyscrapers Willis-Tower and John Hancock Center. He was a native of Bangladesh, who worked for the architectural firm Skidmo…

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Francisco Goya

Francisco José de Goya-i-Lucientes was born on March 39, 1746, in the small town of Fuendetodos, near Zaragoza. His father was a poor commoner, who had a tiny workshop for gilding altars. His mother came from a family of impoverished hidalgo. Parent…

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Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) American architect, born in Wisconsin. He studied civil engineering for a year at the University of Wisconsin, was influenced by the writings of Viollet-le-Duc, then worked in Chicago (1889–93) in the office of L…

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Frida Kahlo

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 that bothered her the whole time. The work…

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Gustav Klimt

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 are his most vivid manifestation. He was one of the most interesting and popular …

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Heinrich Heine

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 French occupation and became an admirer of Napoléon. An uncle set him up in his own business (…

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Henri Toulouse Lautrec

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 broke his thighbones, and he was crippled. Left only 1.55 metres (61 inc…

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Jackson Pollock

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 arriving at a statement. - Jackson Pollock   The creativity of the American artist, Paul Jackson Pollock, even durin…

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Joan Miro

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 art, working as painter, sculptor, lithographer, engraver, ceramicist, costume…

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John Ruskin

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, but his mother’s over protectiveness undoubtedly contributed to his later psy…

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John Singleton Copley

  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 ascertained the artist was born on July 3d of the same year in Boston, whither his par en…

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Keith Haring

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 to make bourgeois art for the few and ignore the masses. … I am interested in making art t…

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Leonardo Da Vinci

"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 da Vinci is considered to be one of the most famous artists of all times. By b…

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Matisse

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 and Gauguin. In 1905 he became the leader of a revolutionary group of artists, …

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Michelangelo

“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 was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, Italy. During his childhood, Mich…

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Pablo Picasso

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 this child would be. Picasso’s father, Jose Ruiz was an artist and a teacher. Maria, his mother, belonged to th…

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Paul Cezanne

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, who persuaded him, against his father’s wishes, to take up art in …

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Paul Gauguin

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 a sailor and joined a stockbroking firm in 1871. He began painting with his…

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Paul Klee

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 the Blaue Reiter group (Kandinsky). His eyes were opened to the use of colour during a…

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Raphael

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 by the works of Uccello, Mantegna, Piero and Signorelli, he was apprenti…

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Rembrandt

  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 to a local artist he spent six months in Amsterdam…

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Renoir

  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 painter on porcelain. At Gleyre’s studio in Paris (1861) he met and became friends w…

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Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989)   Salvador Dali, the most eccentric and extraordinary person in Spanish painting, was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, Spain. His parents were very different. His father had a strict disci…

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Vermeer

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 St Luke as a master painter. Except for a famous View of Delft (1658–60) and a very few portrai…

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Victor Hugo

  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 from one military station to another in Italy, Spain and France. He won pr…

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Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). Dutch painter, born in Zundert. Son of a Calvinist preacher in Holland, after he left school he tried several occupations without success, including working for an art dealer’s firm in Amsterdam and London, teaching,…

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William Blake

William Blake (1757–1827) English poet, artist and mystic, born in London. His father, a hosier, was a follower of Emanuel *Swedenborg. From the very first he was a highly imaginative child who claimed to see angelic visions. Apprenticed to an…

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)   English dramatist and poet, born at Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, on St George’s Day, 23 April. Very few of the traditional stories of his early life can stand up to serious examination. His father, …

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