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Jacques Louis David

Jacques Louis David is a French painter known for painting in the Neoclassical style. He was highly influential in that he painted with a type of history painting that is marked by heightened emotions in a classical manner. He was also known as a supporter of the French Revolution. Early LifeJacques Louis David was born on August 30, 1748 in Paris, France. He was born in a prosperous family but was unfortunate to have his father killed in a due when he was about nine years old. His mother put hi…

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent was a noted portrait painter. He was considered to be the most successful portrait painter during his time. His body of work included roughly 900 oil paintings and over 2,000 watercolor artworks along with numerous charcoal drawings and sketches. Early LifeSargent was born on January 12, 1856 in Florence, Italy. His parents, FitzWilliam and Mary, lived an almost nomadic life that led them to travel frequently. Sargent’s father was an eye surgeon in Philadelphia. The couple de…

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp is a notable French artist who was most often associated with the Surrealist and Dadaist art movements. Duchamp’s works are not merely composed of paintings but also through interestingly unique and sometimes controversial art installations and sculptures. Although he made a relatively few artworks, he became a noted and highly regarded artist during his time, helping to influence Western art and how people perceive it during this period. Early LifeMarcel Duchamp was born on July …

Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon was a French Symbolist painter, graphic artist and draftsman. He became famous for his quite mysterious painting compositions that is said to reflect an exploration of the artist’s internal feelings and thoughts. He was more noted as one of the outstanding figures in Symbolist art. Early LifeOdilon was born Bertrand-Jean Redon on April 20, 1840 in Bordeaux, Aquitaine in France. His nickname “Odilon” came from his mother who was named Odile. He was born from a prosperous family. His …

John William Waterhouse

John William Waterhouse is an English Pre-Raphaelite painter. He became famous for his paintings of female characters taken from mythology and literature. He was also a draftsman, sculptor and a teacher. Painter ProfileJohn William Waterhouse was born on April 6, 1849 in Rome, Italy. He was born to William and Isabela Waterhouse who were both painters. John had started training in the arts at quite an early age with his father providing him with training until he entered the Royal Academy school…

Georgia O’Keefe

Georgia O’Keefe was a famous American painter known for her landscape paintings as well as her artful depictions of desert flowers, animal bones, shells and rocks. She was a widely recognized painter and a major figure in the art scene during the 1920’s. She has helped stretch the boundaries that defined the American artistic style by dabbling in both abstract and representational art. Early HistoryGeorgia O’Keefe was born on November 15, 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She was the second of sev…

Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter known to have been one of the main contributors to the development of the De Stijl art movement. He was known to have developed painting in a non-representational form that he termed Neo-Plasticism. It involves painting grids composed of vertical and horizontal lines with color use limited only to the three known primary colors. Early HistoryMondrian was born Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan on March 7, 1872. He was born in Amersfoort in the Netherlands. He was the sec…

Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian Symbolist painter after the Art Noveau style. He was one of the more prominent members of the Vienna Art Noveau or the Vienna Secession movement. Most of Klimt’s paintings revolved around female subjects expressed with frank eroticism and sensuality. Early LifeGustav Klimt was born on July 14, 1682 in Baumgarten near Vienna, Austria. He was the second of seven children composed of three boys and four girls. His father, Ernst Klimt, was a gold engraver. His mother, A…

Paul Signac

Paul Signac is a French Neo-Impressionist painter who helped develop the pointillist style of painting along with Georges Seurat. He was also a writer, having published several books concerning the theory of art. He was considered largely as a self-taught artist, having no formal art training aside from studying the works of other masters such as Claude Monet.Early LifePaul Signac was born on November 11, 1863 in Paris, France. His father was Jules Signac, a prosperous businessman engaged in the…

Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau was a French Post-Impressionist painter. He was a self-taught painter who started his craft late at 40 years old. He was also known as “Le Douanier”, or the customs inspector, after his employment background. He was not as accomplished as a painter during his lifetime as his paintings were widely criticized and ridiculed. It was only later on that his works were widely recognized as teeming with high artistic quality. BackgroundHenri Rousseau was born on May 21, 1844 in Laval, Fra…