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Rembrandt
(One of the Greatest Visual Artists in the History of Art)
Rembrandt
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Birthdate: July 15, 1606
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
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.

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Gustav Klimt
(Austrian Symbolist Painter and One of the Most Prominent Members of the ‘Vienna Secession’ Movement)
Gustav Klimt
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Birthdate: July 14, 1862
Birthplace: Baumgarten, Vienna, Austria
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.

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David Hockney
(Painter)
David Hockney
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Birthdate: July 9, 1937
Birthplace: Bradford

Painter, photographer, printmaker, and stage designer David Hockney is best known for his works such as Portrait of an Artist, which became the most expensive piece of art by a living artist ever auctioned, at $90 million. His works have explored themes such as homosexuality. He has synesthesia, too.

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Edgar Degas
(French Impressionist Artist Best Known for His Pastel Drawings and Oil Paintings)
Edgar Degas
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Birthdate: July 19, 1834
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 27, 1917

French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas is best remembered for his oil paintings and pastel drawings and for his signature use of dancers and bathing women as themes in his works such as Fin d'Arabesque and Woman in a Tub. He had also experimented with bronze sculptures and called himself a realist.

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Peter Paul Rubens
(One of the Most Influential Artists of the Flemish Baroque Tradition)
Peter Paul Rubens
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Birthdate: June 28, 1577
Birthplace: Siegen, Germany
Died: May 30, 1640

Peter Paul Rubens is considered the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition. He lived during the Dutch Golden Age. His style of art emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. He painted altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings and also drew cartoons for the Flemish tapestry workshops. He was a classically educated humanist scholar as well.

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Marc Chagall
(Jewish-French Artist Who was a Pioneer of Modernism)
Marc Chagall
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Birthdate: July 6, 1887
Birthplace: Lizona, Belarus
Died: March 28, 1985

Russian-French artist Marc Chagall, a key figure of modernism, had explored a wide range of media as an artist, from paintings and drawings to stained glass and ceramics. His major projects included the ceiling of the Paris Opéra, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Jerusalem Windows of Israel.

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Edward Hopper
(Realist painter)
Edward Hopper
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Birthdate: July 22, 1882
Birthplace: Upper Nyack, New York, United States
Died: May 15, 1967
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Amedeo Modigliani
(Italian Painter and Sculptor Known for His Works: ‘Redheaded Girl in Evening Dress’ and ‘Madame Pompadour’)
Amedeo Modigliani
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Birthdate: July 12, 1884
Birthplace: Livorno, Italy
Died: January 24, 1920

Amedeo Modigliani was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor. He is remembered for his surrealist and modern-style depiction of nudes in his portraits. Even though he spent his youth in Italy, he worked mainly in France. He enjoyed little success while he was alive. He died young at the age of 35 and received massive posthumous appreciation for his works.

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Camille Pissarro
(Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist Painter)
Camille Pissarro
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Birthdate: July 10, 1830
Birthplace: Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
Died: November 13, 1903

Camille Pissarro was a Danish-French painter best remembered for his contributions to Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. He is credited with establishing a group of 15 aspiring artists, for which he served as a pivotal figure. He was regarded as a father figure to several important painters, including Vincent Willem van Gogh.

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Artemisia Gentileschi
(One of the Most Progressive and Expressive Painters of Her Generation)
Artemisia Gentileschi
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Birthdate: July 8, 1593
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1652 AD
Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi was a prominent artist of the 17th century. She was the first female member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno and was known for her depiction of the female form. She was raped by painter Agostino Tassi and participated in a 7-month trial.
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Alexander Calder
(Sculptor, Painter)
Alexander Calder
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Birthdate: July 22, 1898
Birthplace: Lawnton
Died: November 11, 1976

Alexander Calder was an American sculptor best remembered for his innovative kinetic sculptures designed to use either motor, air currents, or other forces of nature. A multi-talented personality, Calder was also known for his paintings, miniatures, prints, jewelry design, theater set design, political posters, and tapestries and rugs. In 1977, he was honored with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Edmonia Lewis
(First African-American and Native American Sculptor to Achieve International Prominence)
Edmonia Lewis
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Birthdate: July 4, 1844
Birthplace: Rensselaer County, New York, United States
Died: September 17, 1907

Edmonia Lewis was an American sculptor who worked in Rome for most of her career. The first African-American sculptor to gain international prominence, Lewis was also the only Black female artist to have participated and recognized by the American artistic mainstream until the end of the 19th century. Molefi Kete Asante included Lewis in his 100 Greatest African Americans list.

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Frida Kahlo
(Mexican Painter Known for Her Brilliantly Coloured Self-Portraits)
Frida Kahlo
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Birthdate: July 6, 1907
Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
Died: July 13, 1954

Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, was known for her many portraits and self-portraits. Her work is said to have been inspired by the nature, artifacts and popular culture of Mexico. Her work was not much known until the late 1970s, when it was rediscovered by art historians and political activists. By early 1990s, she became a recognized figure in art history.

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Giorgio de Chirico
(Italian Painter and Founder of the ‘Scuola Metafisica’ Art Movement)
Giorgio de Chirico
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Birthdate: July 10, 1888
Birthplace: Volos, Greece
Died: November 20, 1978

Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, the founder of the scuola metafisica art movement, showed marked influence of his childhood spent in Greece in his work. His metaphysical paintings showcased empty cityscapes, mannequins, trains, and towers. His notable works include The Child's Brain and The Enigma of an Autumn Afternoon.

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Camille Corot
(French Landscape and Portrait Painter)
Camille Corot
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Birthdate: July 16, 1796
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 28, 1875

French painter Camille Corot is remembered for his landscape paintings that paved the path for the Impressionist movement. Born into a milliner’s family, Corot was a poor student and shunned his family business to learn painting at 25. His works, however, were easy to replicate and led to many forgeries.

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Kristin Nelson
(American Primitive Painter, Actress and Author)
Kristin Nelson
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Birthdate: June 25, 1945
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States
Died: April 27, 2018
Kristin Nelson is remembered for her appearances in films such as The Resurrection of Broncho Billy. She was married to actor/musician Ricky Nelson but later got involved in a bitter custody battle involving their fourth son, Sam. A primitive painter, too, she had published an autobiography interspersed with her paintings. 
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Anne-Marie Johnson
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Birthdate: July 18, 1960
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Andrew Wyeth
(One of the Best-Known U.S. Artists of the Middle 20th Century)
Andrew Wyeth
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Birthdate: July 12, 1917
Birthplace: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania,, United States
Died: January 16, 2009
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Eric Carle
(Author)
Eric Carle
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Birthdate: June 25, 1929
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States
Died: May 23, 2021
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Chuck Close
(Painter)
Chuck Close
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Birthdate: July 5, 1940
Birthplace: Monroe, Washington, U.S.
Died: August 19, 2021
Akiane Kramarik
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Birthdate: July 9, 1994
Birthplace: Mount Morris
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Joe Shuster
(Comic Book Artist Best Known for Co-creating the DC Comics Character 'Superman')
Joe Shuster
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Birthdate: July 10, 1914
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: July 30, 1992

Joe Shuster was a comic book artist best remembered for co-creating one of the most popular comic book characters, Superman. Throughout his life, Shuster was involved in several legal battles over the ownership of the character. He was inducted into Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1992 and 1993 respectively.

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler
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Birthdate: July 11, 1834
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 17, 1903
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Tite Kubo
(Manga artist)
Tite Kubo
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Birthdate: June 26, 1977
Birthplace: Hiroshima Prefecture

Tite Kubo decided to become a manga artist while studying in his elementary school, publishing several one-shot manga before he published his first series, Zombiepowder, at the age of 21. However, it was his second series, Bleach, which made him internationally known. It was also adapted as a successful television series and film.

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Käthe Kollwitz
(German Artist Known for Depicting Poverty, Hunger and War in Her Works 'The Weavers' and 'The Peasant War')
Käthe Kollwitz
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Birthdate: July 8, 1867
Birthplace: Königsberg, Russia
Died: April 22, 1945

Noted for series like Weavers’ Revolt and Peasants’ War, sculptor and graphic artist, Käthe Kollwitz, came in contact with the urban poor when she moved into Berlin's working class area. Touched by their plight, she soon started portraying them through her etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, and drawings, quickly becoming a powerful advocate for those suffering from social injustice, war, and inhumanity.

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Joseph Ducreux
(Former Painter who was a successful portraitist at the court of Louis XVI of France)
Joseph Ducreux
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Birthdate: June 26, 1735
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: July 24, 1802
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Branwell Brontë
(Painter, Poet, Writer)
Branwell Brontë
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Birthdate: June 26, 1817
Birthplace: Yorkshire
Died: September 24, 1848
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Oskar Fischinger
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Birthdate: June 22, 1900
Birthplace: elnhausen, Germany
Died: January 31, 1967

German-American abstract animator, filmmaker, and painter Oskar Fischinger is most-noted for creating abstract musical animation decades before development of computer graphics. Among the 50 short films he made, the short animated film Motion Painting No. 1 is listed on the United States National Film Registry. He also created special effects for the German sci-fi silent film Woman in the Moon.

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Peyo
(Belgian Comics Writer and Artist)
Peyo
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Birthdate: June 25, 1928
Birthplace: Schaerbeek, Belgium
Died: December 24, 1992

Peyo was a Belgian artist and comic book writer best remembered for creating popular comics series like Johan and Peewit and The Smurfs. He is also credited with creating several other comics series like Jacky and Célestin and Steven Strong. Peyo also founded his own publishing house called Cartoon Creation.

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Judy Chicago
(American artist)
Judy Chicago
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Birthdate: July 20, 1939
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
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Giorgio Morandi
(Painter and printmaker who specialized in still life)
Giorgio Morandi
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Birthdate: July 20, 1890
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: June 18, 1964

Italian painter and printmaker Giorgio Morandi is best remembered for his remarkable still life paintings of subjects such as vases, boxes, bottles, and flowers. Though he was hugely inspired by the works of Paul Cézanne, his paintings, known for their gentle, subdued tones, do not fit in any specific school of painting.

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Lalla Ward
(Actress)
Lalla Ward
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Birthdate: June 28, 1951
Birthplace: London, England
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Tracey Emin
(Artist, Painter)
Tracey Emin
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Birthdate: July 3, 1963
Birthplace: Croydon, London, England

Artist Tracey Emin is known for incorporating subjective elements in her artwork. She experiments with media such as drawing, sculpture, and installations. She made headlines with her controversial works such as Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 and My Bed. She has also taught at the Royal Academy.

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Stanley Spencer
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Birthdate: June 30, 1891
Birthplace: Cookham, England
Died: December 14, 1959
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John Martin
(engraver, painter)
John Martin
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Birthdate: July 19, 1789
Birthplace: Haydon Bridge
Died: February 17, 1854
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Paul Frees
(Former Actor known for his work on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Walter Lantz, Rankin/Bass, and Walt Disney theatrical cartoons during the Golden Age of Animation)
Paul Frees
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Birthdate: June 22, 1920
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 2, 1986
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Arno Breker
(German Architect and Sculptor Best Known for His Public Works in Nazi Germany)
Arno Breker
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Birthdate: July 19, 1900
Birthplace: Elberfeld, Wuppertal, Germany
Died: February 13, 1991

Arno Breker was a German architect and sculptor who was active during Nazi rule. The authorities endorsed his work as the antithesis of degenerate art. He created the statue Die Partei, representing the spirit of the Nazi Party. Hitler exempted Breker from military service and provided him several amenities for being the Nazi’s official sculptor. 

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Joshua Reynolds
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Birthdate: July 16, 1723
Birthplace: Plympton, England
Died: February 23, 1792
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Don Rosa
(Comics artist)
Don Rosa
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Birthdate: June 29, 1951
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Philip Guston
(Painter and Printmaker Whose Work Bridged the Gap Between Abstract Expressionism and Neo-Expressionism)
Philip Guston
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Birthdate: June 27, 1913
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: June 7, 1980
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Stuart Sutcliffe
(Scottish Musician Best Remembered for His Association with the Popular Rock Band 'The Beatles')
Stuart Sutcliffe
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Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: April 10, 1962

Stuart Sutcliffe was a Scottish musician and painter. He is best remembered for his association with the popular rock band the Beatles, where he was the original bass guitarist. Before achieving popularity as a guitarist, Sutcliffe left the Beatles to pursue painting. Along with John Lennon, Stuart Sutcliffe is credited with coining the name Beetles, which later became the Beatles.

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Jean Metzinger
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Birthdate: June 24, 1883
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: November 3, 1956
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Robert Henri
(Painter)
Robert Henri
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Birthdate: June 24, 1865
Birthplace: Cincinnati
Died: July 12, 1929
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Sean Scully
(Painter)
Sean Scully
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Birthdate: June 30, 1945
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Best known for his abstract paintings composed of geometrical forms, Irish-born British artist Sean Scully is now based in the US. He worked as a laborer and a truck loader while he trained in art. A former Harvard fellow, he later became the first Western artist to with a career-tracking retrospective in China.

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Max Jacob
(Poet)
Max Jacob
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Birthdate: July 12, 1876
Birthplace: Quimper, France
Died: March 5, 1944
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Paul Delaroche
(Former painter whose painstakingly realistic historical subjects made him one of the most successful academic artists of mid-19th-century France)
Paul Delaroche
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Birthdate: July 17, 1797
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 4, 1856
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Félicien Rops
(Painter, Illustrator)
Félicien Rops
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Birthdate: July 7, 1833
Birthplace: Namur
Died: August 23, 1898

Belgian painter and graphic artist Félicien Rops is best remembered for his association with symbolism and Fin-de Siecle, and for his prints. Part of the Les Vingt group of artists, he created masterpieces such as Absinthe Drinker and Lady with the Puppet. He also experimented with erotic themes.

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Giacomo Balla
(Painter)
Giacomo Balla
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Birthdate: July 18, 1871
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: March 1, 1958
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Oswaldo Guayasamín
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Birthdate: July 6, 1919
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
Died: March 10, 1999
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Hyacinthe Rigaud
(Former Catalan-French baroque painter most famous for his portraits of Louis XIV and other members of the French nobility)
Hyacinthe Rigaud
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Birthdate: July 18, 1659
Birthplace: Perpignan, France
Died: December 29, 1743