Artists

A person who is involved in any form of art work is referred to as an artist. Artists are skilled people who are well versed with the basic concepts of art and produces art in any form that has aesthetic value. An artist may nor may not have a degree in fine arts but may produce art either way. An artist may refer to a sculptor, painter or a photographer. The different types of artists include abstract painters, conceptual artist, portrait painters, sketch artists, illustrators, digital artists, printmakers, textile artists, glass artists, mixed media artists and jewelry artists among many other types of artists. People involved in the creation of films, may also be referred to as artist. Artistic activities also include dancing, acting, writing and music. Therefore any activity for which the imagination is used and creativity is unleashed is referred to as an artistic activity. Art history as a full-fledged academic discipline developed in the 19th century. In ancient times cave paintings, petroglyphs sculptures and rock paintings were done, which was around 40,000 years ago. Dig out more intriguing facts about many famous artists in the world, with this compilation of biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
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 1 Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: April 15, 1452
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 2, 1519

Widely regarded as one of the greatest painters ever, Leonardo da Vinci was an extremely talented polymath. While his work The Mona Lisa became the most famous portrait, his drawing The Vitruvian Man became a cultural icon. A man well ahead of his time, Leonardo is also known for his notes on science and invention.

 2 Vincent van Gogh

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French, Dutch
Died: July 29, 1890

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter and is said to be one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. However, he was not commercially successful in his lifetime and died by suicide at 37 after years of mental health issues and poverty. He gained recognition and respect in the 20th century.

 3 Michelangelo

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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: March 6, 1475
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 18, 1564

Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet Michelangelo was a prominent figure of the High Renaissance. He is credited to have influenced the Western art in unprecedented ways. He is widely regarded as the greatest artist of his age and one of the greatest artists of all time. He was equally revered and respected as an architect.

 4 Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 7, 1941

Rabindranath Tagore was an Indian polymath who contributed greatly to the fields of literature, art, and philosophy. Referred to as the Bard of Bengal, Tagore is credited with reshaping Bengali literature and music. The first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore is also credited with composing the national anthems of India and Bangladesh.

 5 Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler
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Famous As: Actor, Director, Model, Painter
Birthdate: March 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

American actor, Matthew Gray Gubler, is best known for playing the character of Dr Spencer Reid in the popular and acclaimed television series Criminal Minds. He has also acted in films like 500 Days of Summer, Suburban Gothic and How to Be a Serial Killer. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for his role in the television series, The Beauty Inside.

 6 Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

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 7 Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 12, 1988

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist whose legacy has had an influence upon fashion, film, music, and literature. He serves as an inspiration to street artists as he started off as one, painting graffiti on buildings. After his death, at the age of 27, the value of his work has increased; in 2017, one of his paintings sold for a record $110.5 million.

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 8 Claude Monet

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 14, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: December 5, 1926

Claude Monet was a French painter. The founder of French Impressionist painting, Monet's painting Impression, soleil levant gave rise to the term Impressionism. Often dubbed the driving force behind Impressionism, Monet mastered the art of painting the same scene several times so as to capture the changing of the light. Since his death, his paintings have sold for record prices.

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 9 Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 11, 1956
Abstract Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock pioneered the drip technique or action painting, which involved moving his whole body to paint on a horizontal surface. Unfortunately, he struggled with alcoholism and died in a car accident, while drunk driving. He inspired a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography and the 2000 film Pollock.

 10 Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 22, 1987

Andy Warhol was an artist and filmmaker who played a key role in the visual art movement. Thanks to his extensive body of work, he has been the subject of various films, books, and retrospective exhibitions. Described as the bellwether of the art market, some of Warhol's works are among the most expensive paintings ever sold.

 11 Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt
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Famous As: Artist, Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 17, 2019

Gloria Vanderbilt was an American fashion designer, actress, author, and socialite. As a child, she was subjected to a child custody trial, which the press named trial of the century due to its high-profile nature. As a designer, Vanderbilt is credited with developing and popularizing designer blue jeans. She also launched a line of household goods and perfumes.

 12 Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali
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Famous As: Surrealist Painter
Birthdate: May 11, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Spanish
Died: January 23, 1989

 13 Tarrare

Tarrare
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Famous As: Showman
Birthdate: 1772 AD
Nationality: French
Died: 1798 AD

 14 Bal Thackeray

Bal Thackeray
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Famous As: Politician, Journalist, Painter
Birthdate: January 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 17, 2012

 15 John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo
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Famous As: Actor, Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: July 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Colombian, American

John Leguizamo is a popular stand-up comedian and actor who is credited with voicing Sid the Sloth in the Ice Age film series. Over the years, John Leguizamo has also played a major role in helping the Hispanic community and has been honored by organizations, such as the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.

 16 Swizz Beatz

Swizz Beatz
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Famous As: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Painter, Rapper, Singer, Businessperson, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 17 William Blake

William Blake
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 28, 1757
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: August 12, 1827
William Blake, author of The Songs of Innocence and of Experience, was a prominent figure of the early phase of the Romantic Age, known as the pre-Romantic era. Known for his visual artistry and poetry, he was also a staunch abolitionist and a forerunner of the "free love" movement.

 18 Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: August 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: November 26, 2018
Stephen Hillenburg is best known as the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, the fifth-longest-running animated series in the U.S, which earned him two Emmys and six Annie Awards. He was initially a marine biologist and an instructor at the Orange County Marine Institute. He died of ALS, a neurodegenerative disease.

 19 Caravaggio

Caravaggio
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 29, 1571
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Died: July 18, 1610
Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is best remembered for his influence on the Baroque style of painting. He pioneered a tactic known as tenebrism, and combined light and darkness to create his masterpieces. He was known for his erratic and aggressive nature and died under mysterious circumstances.

 20 Ant Anstead

Ant Anstead
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: February 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

Ant Anstead is an English TV presenter and car builder. Having started his career as a police constable, Ant Anstead worked his way into pursuing a career as a car builder, which is what he loved doing the most. His passion for cars provided him with an opportunity to become a TV presenter—an inspiring story indeed.

 21 Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield
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Famous As: Singer, Artist, Cleric
Birthdate: April 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: March 2, 1999

 22 Rembrandt

Rembrandt
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 15, 1606
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Dutch
Died: October 4, 1669

Rembrandt was a Dutch printmaker, painter, and draughtsman. A master in three major art media, Rembrandt is widely considered the most important visual artist in Dutch art history and one of the greatest of all time. He is also considered the greatest etcher in the history of printmaking. His life and work inspired several films, including the 1936 movie Rembrandt.

 23 Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor
Birthdate: December 31, 1869
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: November 3, 1954

Henri Matisse was a French artist. Although he was known for his skills as a painter, Matisse was also a renowned sculptor, printmaker, and draughtsman. Along with Picasso, Matisse is regarded as one of the artists who contributed immensely to the revolutionary developments in visual arts. His works also influenced other painters who would adopt a technique called intense colorism.

 24 Tom Franco

Tom Franco
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Tom Franco is an American artist and actor. He is credited with founding the Firehouse Art Collective, an art gallery in Berkeley, California. The younger brother of actor and filmmaker, James Franco, Tom Franco followed in the footsteps of his brother to become an actor before exploring his skills as an artist.

 25 Raphael

Raphael
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1483 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 6, 1520

Italian painter and architect Raphael, along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, formed the great trio who ushered in the High Renaissance. He is mostly known for his frescoes of the Vatican Palace and The School of Athens. He also designed the Chigi Chapel, among other structures in Rome.

 26 Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: March 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese
Died: September 6, 1998

Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese filmmaker. Widely considered one of the most influential and important filmmakers of all time, Kurosawa's works opened up Western film markets to the products of the Japanese entertainment industry, enabling other Japanese filmmakers to achieve international recognition. Such is his impact as a filmmaker that he is credited with contributing to the development of Asia.

 27 Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 15, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 6, 1986
Artist Georgia O'Keeffe enriched American modernism and precisionism with her artwork, mostly water color and charcoal paintings. She was the first female artist to have a retrospective at New York’s MOMA. Her paintings focused on the cityscapes and landscapes of New York and New Mexico, and abstract flowers.

 28 Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera
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Famous As: Painter, Muralist
Birthdate: December 8, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Mexican
Died: November 24, 1957
Mexican painter Diego Rivera is best remembered for his association with the mural movement and had created masterpieces such as The History of Mexico and the Detroit Industry Murals. He was inspired by cubism and post-impressionism. He had married, divorced, and remarried Frida Kahlo, the third of his four wives.

 29 Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 14, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian
Died: February 6, 1918

Austrian symbolist painter, Gustav Klimt, was one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. His primary subject was the female body, and he produced numerous paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects. He was known for his deliberate painting style. He successfully avoided personal scandal despite having an active sex life.

 30 Shigeru Miyamoto

Shigeru Miyamoto
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Famous As: Video Game Designer, Artist
Birthdate: November 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese
Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto is the man behind games such as Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong. He has been the general manager and senior MD at Nintendo and now serves as its representative director and creative fellow. He avoids appearing on TV or giving autographs.

 31 Susan Mikula

Susan Mikula
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Famous As: Photographer, Rachel Maddow’s Partner
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Nationality: American
Self-taught photographer Susan Mikula is known for using old Polaroids and pinhole cameras to create her masterpieces. She was an accountant earlier and has also worked for the U.S. consulate in Mexico. The LGBT icon is in a long-term relationship with her partner, journalist and TV personality Rachel Maddow.

 32 Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Gary Burghoff is an American actor who is credited with originating the popular role of Charlie Brown in the 1967 Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is also known for originating the role of Walter Eugene O'Reilly in the 1970 black comedy war movie MASH and the popular TV series of the same name.

 33 Daniel Stern

Daniel Stern
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 34 Fred Gwynne

Fred Gwynne
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: July 2, 1993

 35 Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Nationality: Dutch
Died: August 9, 1516
Hieronymus Bosch was a Dutch painter and a significant figure of the Early Netherlandish painting school. Most of his works are made of oil on oak wood and consist of religious themes and dark depictions of Hell. One of his notable works is The Garden of Earthly Delights.

 36 Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin
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Famous As: Artist - Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Engraving
Birthdate: June 7, 1848
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
Died: May 8, 1903
French Post-Impressionist artist, sculptor, and writer Paul Gauguin was a major figure in the Symbolist movement. He had worked as a stockbroker and businessman before gaining fame as an artist. He influenced the French avant-garde and modern artists such as Pablo Picasso and also led the way for Primitivism.

 37 Leslie Stefanson

Leslie Stefanson
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Famous As: Actress, Model, Artist, Sculptor
Birthdate: May 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Leslie Stefanson is an American model, artist, and actress. She achieved popularity after playing important roles in popular films, such as The General's Daughter. A multi-talented personality, Leslie Stefanson also makes terracotta and bronze sculptures in New York City and Los Angeles.

 38 Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky
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Famous As: Painters
Birthdate: December 16, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Russian
Died: December 13, 1944
Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky is considered the pioneer of abstract art. Known for notable works such as On White II and Study for Improvisation, he was a prominent artist of the Blue Rider Period and experimented with expressionism. He also earned a professorship at the University of Dorpat

 39 J. M. W. Turner

J. M. W. Turner
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Famous As: Romanticist landscape painter
Birthdate: April 23, 1775
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: December 19, 1851

J. M. W. Turner was an English printmaker, painter, and watercolorist best remembered for his imaginative landscapes and expressive colorizations. Intensely reclusive and eccentric throughout his life, Turner lived in poor health and squalor for the last few years of his life. He was portrayed by actor Timothy Spall in the 2014 biographical film, Mr. Turner.

 40 Yash Chopra

Yash Chopra
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Artist
Birthdate: September 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian, Pakistani
Died: October 21, 2012

 41 PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 42 Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama
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Famous As: Contemporary Artist
Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese
Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is known for her variety of artforms, including sculpture, installations, paintings, and fashion. She mingles elements such as feminism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism, and expresses her struggle with mental illness through her art. She has also published books and produced an award-winning film. 

 43 Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya
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Famous As: Painters
Birthdate: March 30, 1746
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Spanish
Died: April 16, 1828
One of the most successful and distinguished artists of his time, Spanish painter Francisco Goya is regarded as both the first of the moderns and last of the Old Masters. His career was initially marked by Rococo style tapestry cartoons and Spanish aristocracy and royalty but later his works became pessimistic.

 44 Margaret Keane

Margaret Keane
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 45 Jemima Kirke

Jemima Kirke
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 46 Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 6, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Swiss, French
Died: August 27, 1965

Le Corbusier was a Swiss-French designer, painter, architect, writer, and urban planner. He was one of the pioneers of modern architecture. During his illustrious career, which spanned 50 years, Le Corbusier designed buildings in India, Japan, Europe, and North and South America. He is also credited with revolutionizing urban planning.  

 47 Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 12, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Norwegian
Died: January 23, 1944

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch is remembered for his iconic works The Scream and The Frieze of Life - A Poem about Life, Love, and Death. His paintings exhibited themes that reflected his own psychological states. He was a significant member of the Symbolism movement but was banned by the Nazi.

 48 Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell
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Famous As: Painter & Illustrator
Birthdate: February 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 8, 1978

Painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell became famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post. He was associated with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for over six decades and produced covers for their publications and calendars. A prolific artist, he made more than 4,000 original works in his lifetime.

 49 Kari Byron

Kari Byron
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Famous As: Television presenter, Artist
Birthdate: December 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 50 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 24, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: September 9, 1901
French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was one of the most significant figures of the Post-Impressionist period. He was also an illustrator and poster painter, who was known for his colorful depictions of cabaret from Paris's Moulin Rouge. His painting The Laundress sold for US$22.4 million at a 2005 Christie’s auction.
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