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Andy Warhol
(Visual Artist & Film Director Who was a Leading Figure in the Visual Art Movement Known as Pop Art)
Andy Warhol
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Birthdate: August 6, 1928
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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.

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Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
(French Sculptor and Painter Best Known for Designing the 'Statue of Liberty')
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
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Birthdate: August 2, 1834
Birthplace: Colmar, France
Died: October 4, 1904

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was a French painter and sculptor remembered for designing the Statue of Liberty. He is also credited with designing other iconic statues like The Lion of Belfort and Marquis de Lafayette. In addition to being a sculptor, Bartholdi also played an important role in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, serving as a liaison officer to Giuseppe Garibaldi.

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Junji Ito
(Japanese Horror Mangaka and Writer)
Junji Ito
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Birthdate: July 31, 1963
Birthplace: Gifu, Japan

Junji Ito is a Japanese manga artist known for his horror manga series, such as Tomie, Uzumaki, and Gyo. Tomie has been adapted into a series of Japanese films, while Uzumaki was adapted into a 2000 film of the same name. In 2019, Junji Ito was honored with an Eisner Award for his work. 

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Zelda Fitzgerald
(Socialite & Referred to as 'The first American Flapper' by Her Husband 'F. Scott Fitzgerald')
Zelda Fitzgerald
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Birthdate: July 24, 1900
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: March 10, 1948

Zelda Fitzgerald was a painter, socialite, and novelist. Along with her husband Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda became a prominent personality of the Jazz Age. Renowned for her high spirits and beauty, she was named the first American flapper by Scott. For her work as a novelist and painter, Fitzgerald was posthumously made an inductee to the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame.

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Martin Mull
(Comedian, Actor, Painter, and Recording Artist Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’)
Martin Mull
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Birthdate: August 18, 1943
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Actor/comedian Martin Mull soared to fame with the soap Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and its spin-off, Fernwood 2 Night. He also delivered an Emmy-nominated performance in Veep and voiced a role in Danny Phantom. An avid painter, too, he has held various exhibitions and released a book of his paintings.
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Ross Marquand
(Actor)
Ross Marquand
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Birthdate: August 22, 1981
Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Taylor Negron
(Actor)
Taylor Negron
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Birthdate: August 1, 1957
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
Died: January 10, 2015
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Photographer and Painter)
Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Birthdate: August 22, 1908
Birthplace: Chanteloup-en-Brie, France
Died: August 3, 2004

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French humanist photographer. Considered a master of candid photography, he pioneered the genre of street photography. He was among the earliest users of the 35 mm film. In 1947, he became one of the founding members of Magnum Photos, an international photographic cooperative. In his later years, he explored drawing and painting. 

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Tove Jansson
(Finnish Penwoman and the Author of the Children’s Book Series 'Moomin')
Tove Jansson
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Birthdate: August 9, 1914
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: June 27, 2001
Finnish author Tove Jansson was the woman behind the phenomenally successful children’s books and comics on the fictional white hippo-like creatures she called Moomins. While the Moomins books have been translated into more than 50 languages, Jansson’s literary works also include several other novels and short stories.
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Alphonse Mucha
(Painter)
Alphonse Mucha
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Birthdate: July 24, 1860
Birthplace: Ivancice, Czechia
Died: July 14, 1939
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Jim Lee
(Comic Book Artist, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer of 'DC Comics')
Jim Lee
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Birthdate: August 11, 1964
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Korean-American comic-book artist Jim Lee began his career with Marvel and then soared to fame with his X-Men series. Though initially trained in psychology, he skipped medical school and became a comic writer instead. Apart from co-founding Image Comics, he also created WildStorm, which he sold to DC later.

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Ilya Repin
(Russian Painter Who was One of the Most Renowned Artists in Russia During the 19th Century)
Ilya Repin
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Birthdate: August 5, 1844
Birthplace: Chuhuiv, Ukraine
Died: September 29, 1930

Born amid poverty in Ukraine, Ilya Repin earned himself an art scholarship and later devoted his life to historical painting. A major figure of the realist movement in painting, he had also been the subject of controversies, such as the withdrawal of his painting of Ivan the Terrible murdering his own son.

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Aubrey Beardsley
(Illustrator)
Aubrey Beardsley
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Birthdate: August 21, 1872
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Died: March 16, 1898

Aubrey Beardsley was an English illustrator and author, whose works emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. A leading figure in the aesthetic movement, he was deeply influenced by black ink drawings. He attended classes at the Westminster School of Art before beginning his career as an artist. He was considered an eccentric person.  

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Nehemiah Persoff
(Painter)
Nehemiah Persoff
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Birthdate: August 2, 1919
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Nehemiah Persoff is a retired actor and painter. In an extensive career spanning over half a century, he appeared in more than 200 films, TV shows, and stage productions. As a young man, he served in the US Army. He then began his acting career in the New York theater and started acting in films and TV shows as well. 

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Gene Deitch
(Animator)
Gene Deitch
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Birthdate: August 8, 1924
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: April 16, 2020
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Tom Thomson
(Artist)
Tom Thomson
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Birthdate: August 5, 1877
Birthplace: Claremont, Pickering, Canada
Died: July 8, 1917

Tom Thomson was a Canadian artist best remembered for producing some of Canada's most iconic works, namely The West Wind and The Jack Pine. Thomson's work has had a profound influence on Canadian art and he is often regarded as an unofficial member of the famous Group of Seven as he died shortly before the establishment of the iconic group.

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Marcel Duchamp
(French Painter, Sculptor, Chess Player and Writer)
Marcel Duchamp
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Birthdate: July 28, 1887
Birthplace: Blainville-Crevon, France
Died: October 2, 1968
French-American painter and sculptor Marcel Duchamp is remembered for his association with movements such as Cubism and Dadaism. A significant figure in conceptual art, he was against art that was meant to just cater to the eyes. He was also a skilled chess player and carved his own chess set.
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Ivan Aivazovsky
(Painter)
Ivan Aivazovsky
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Birthdate: July 29, 1817
Birthplace: Feodosia, Russia
Died: May 2, 1900

Remembered for his awe-inspiring marine art, Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky was the son of an Armenian merchant. His 60-year career had seen him produce around 6,000 works, most of which were seascapes. He had been the Russian navy’s official painter and inspired Anton Chekhov’s phrase worthy of Aivazovsky’s brush.

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Diva Zappa
(Actress)
Diva Zappa
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Birthdate: July 30, 1979
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Giorgio Vasari
(Artist and Author Best Known for His Biographies of Italian Artists)
Giorgio Vasari
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Birthdate: July 30, 1511
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: June 27, 1574

Giorgio Vasari was an Italian architect, painter, writer, engineer, and historian. He is best remembered for his work The Lives, a series of artist biographies, which is regarded as the art-historical writing's ideological foundation. Vasari is also credited with the formulation of the term Renaissance as it was first suggested by Jules Michelet based on Giorgio Vasari's text.

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Neil Harbisson
(Cyborg Artist Known for Being the First Person in the World With an Antenna Implanted in His Skull)
Neil Harbisson
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Birthdate: July 27, 1984
Birthplace: Mataró, Spain

Neil Harbisson is a cyborg artist best known for implanting an antenna in his skull. He is the first person in the world to do so. He gained international prominence after he was legally recognized by the government as a cyborg. An influential activist for transpecies rights, Neil Harbisson co-founded the Cyborg Foundation in 2010. The organization defends cyborg rights.

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Brian Michael Bendis
(Comic book writer)
Brian Michael Bendis
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Birthdate: August 18, 1967
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Maxfield Parrish
(Painter)
Maxfield Parrish
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Birthdate: July 25, 1870
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 30, 1966
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Albert Namatjira
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Birthdate: July 28, 1902
Birthplace: Hermannsburg
Died: August 8, 1959

Born Elea, Albert Namatjira was rechristened after converting to Christianity. The Australian aboriginal painter, known for his watercolor paintings, couldn’t build a house in Alice Springs because of his aboriginal origin, leading to public outrage, which eventually led the government to make him and his wife full citizens.

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Terry O'Neill
(Photographer)
Terry O'Neill
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Birthdate: July 30, 1938
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 16, 2019

Terry O'Neill was a British photographer best remembered for capturing the fashions and celebrities of the '60s. O'Neill was renowned for documenting his subjects in unconventional settings or candidly. His work has been showcased in several exhibitions and art galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2011, Terry O'Neill was honored with the Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal.

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Jenny Holzer
(Artist, Painter, Sculptor)
Jenny Holzer
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Birthdate: July 29, 1950
Birthplace: Gallipolis

Jenny Holzer is an American artist best known for her association with neo-conceptual art. Her work focuses on conveying ideas and messages in public spaces with the help of large-scale installations, illuminated electronic displays, projections on buildings, and advertising billboards. Over the course of her career, Holzer has received several awards like the Golden Lion at the 1990 Venice Biennale.

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Gustave Caillebotte
(Painter)
Gustave Caillebotte
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Birthdate: August 19, 1848
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 21, 1894
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Thomas Eakins
(American Photographer, Realist Painter, Fine Arts Educator, and Sculptor)
Thomas Eakins
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Birthdate: July 25, 1844
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 25, 1916

Thomas Eakins was an American photographer, realist painter, fine arts educator, and sculptor. Often counted among the most prominent American artists of all time, Eakins painted several hundred portraits during his lifetime. As an educator, Thomas Eakins played an important role in influencing the American art during his generation.

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René Goscinny
(French Writer and Comic Editor)
René Goscinny
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Birthdate: August 14, 1926
Birthplace: Paris, French Third Republic France
Died: November 5, 1977
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Jan Berenstain
(Author)
Jan Berenstain
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Birthdate: July 26, 1923
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 24, 2012
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Louis Wain
(English Artist)
Louis Wain
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Birthdate: August 5, 1860
Birthplace: Clerkenwell, London, England
Died: July 4, 1939
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George Grosz
(German Artist Best Known for His Caricatural Drawings and Paintings of Berlin Life in the 1920s)
George Grosz
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Birthdate: July 26, 1893
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 6, 1959

German Expressionist artist George Grosz, later a naturalized US citizen, is most noted for his caricatural drawings and paintings of Berlin life. A leading member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity groups during the Weimar Republic, Grosz later departed from his earlier style and subjects and taught at the Art Students League of New York for several years.  

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Joan Mondale
(Art advocate)
Joan Mondale
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Birthdate: August 8, 1930
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon
Died: February 3, 2014
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Jan Matejko
(Painter)
Jan Matejko
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Birthdate: July 30, 1838
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: November 1, 1893
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Richard Dadd
(Painter, Illustrator)
Richard Dadd
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Birthdate: August 1, 1817
Birthplace: Chatham
Died: January 7, 1886
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George Catlin
(American Painter, Adventurer, Traveler, Lawyer, and Author)
George Catlin
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Birthdate: July 26, 1796
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 23, 1872
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George Bellows
(Painter, Artist, University teacher)
George Bellows
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Birthdate: August 19, 1882
Birthplace: Columbus
Died: January 8, 1925
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Ernest Thompson Seton
(American Author, Wildlife Artist, Founder of the 'Woodcraft Indians' and Founding Pioneer of the 'Boy Scouts of America')
Ernest Thompson Seton
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Birthdate: August 14, 1860
Birthplace: South Shields, County Durham, England
Died: October 23, 1946

Ernest Thompson Seton was a wildlife artist and author. He is credited with founding a youth program called the Woodcraft Indians in 1902. A pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America, Seton also had a huge influence on the founder of the Scout Movement, Lord Baden-Powell. His life and career inspired several works of art like TV series and literature.

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Alan Lee
(Illustrator)
Alan Lee
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Birthdate: August 20, 1947
Birthplace: Middlesex, England
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Luis Jiménez
(Artist)
Luis Jiménez
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Birthdate: July 30, 1940
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States
Died: June 13, 2006

Luis Jiménez was an American sculptor best remembered for depicting Hispanic-American themes through his works, which have been exhibited at the Denver International Airport as well as the Smithsonian. In addition to being a sculptor, Jiménez has also taught art at institutions like the University of Houston and the University of Arizona.

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Jean Dubuffet
(French Painter and Sculptor)
Jean Dubuffet
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Birthdate: July 31, 1901
Birthplace: Le Havre, France
Died: May 12, 1985

French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet pioneered what is known as art brut, or raw art. He halted his painting classes to be a wine merchant for a while and returned to painting after almost two decades. He had also experimented with music, study of languages, and poetry.

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Elizabeth Siddal
(Painter, Poet, Art model, Visual artist, Model)
Elizabeth Siddal
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Birthdate: July 25, 1829
Birthplace: Holborn
Died: February 11, 1862
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Judith Leyster
(Painter)
Judith Leyster
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Birthdate: July 28, 1609
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: February 10, 1660
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John William Godward
(Painter)
John William Godward
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Birthdate: August 9, 1861
Birthplace: Wimbledon
Died: December 13, 1922
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Paul McCarthy
(Contemporary artist)
Paul McCarthy
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Birthdate: August 4, 1945
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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Laura Knight
(Painter, Autobiographer)
Laura Knight
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Birthdate: August 4, 1877
Birthplace: Long Eaton
Died: July 7, 1970
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Andres Serrano
(His work, often considered transgressive art)
Andres Serrano
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Birthdate: August 15, 1950
Birthplace: New York, United States
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Richard Prince
(Photographer)
Richard Prince
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Birthdate: August 6, 1949
Birthplace: Panama Canal Zone, United States
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Ivan Bilibin
(Russian Illustrator and Stage Designer)
Ivan Bilibin
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Birthdate: August 16, 1876
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 7, 1942

Ivan Bilibin was a Russian stage designer and illustrator. Inspired by the culture and art of Ruthenia, Bilibin established himself as an important illustrator. He is remembered for his contribution to Slavic folklore and Russian folk tales. As a stage designer, he contributed to the Ballets Russes. Ivan Bilibin is also credited with co-founding the Union of Russian Artists.     

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Godfrey Kneller
(Painter)
Godfrey Kneller
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Birthdate: August 8, 1646
Birthplace: Free City of Lübeck
Died: October 19, 1723