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 1 Caravaggio

Caravaggio
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 29, 1571
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
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.

 2 Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 30, 1632
Birthplace: Delft, Netherlands
Died: November 30, 1675

Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter renowned for his use of light in paintings. Although he did not achieve fame during his lifetime, Vermeer's works gained popularity in the 19th century. Today, Vermeer is often counted among the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Over the years, Vermeer's work has inspired artists like Wilhelm Hammershoi and Thomas Wilmer Dewing.

 3 Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Birthplace: Latvia
Died: February 25, 1970

Considered part of the New York school of painters of the 1940s, Mark Rothko was best known for his signature color field paintings, consisting of vertically set rectangular patches of color. A significant figure of the Abstract Expressionist movement, he also experimented with murals and mythological themes.

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 4 El Greco

El Greco
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 1, 1541
Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece
Died: April 7, 1614
Artist Doménikos Theotokópoulos never let anyone forget his Greek heritage and almost always signed his art in Greek letters. Popularly known as El Greco, he was a significant figure of the Spanish Renaissance. His best-known works remain The Burial of the Count of Orgaz and The Assumption of the Virgin.
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 5 Yvonne McGuinness

Yvonne McGuinness
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Famous As: Visual Artist
Birthdate: October 12, 1972
Birthplace: Kilkenny, Ireland
Irish visual artist Yvonne McGuinness is renowned for her video installations and prints. Most of her art works revolve around themes of conflict between revealing and hiding one’s true self. She has also made several short films, such as Charlie's Place. She is married to Irish actor Cillian Murphy.

 6 Melissa Villaseñor

Melissa Villaseñor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 9, 1987
Birthplace: Whittier, California, USA

 7 Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Birthplace: London, England

Steve McQueen is a British filmmaker and video artist best known for his film 12 Years a Slave. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, making him the first black filmmaker to win the award. He is also a prominent visual artist and a recipient of the Turner Prize, the highest award given to a British visual artist. 

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 8 Clive Barker

Clive Barker
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

Clive Barker is an English playwright, novelist, visual artist, and film director. He gained prominence in the 1980s as a horror writer and has since written many novels and other works. As an illustrator, he has created original characters and series for comic books. He also creates costume designs. He is a recipient of the Inkpot Award. 

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 9 Jade Jagger

Jade Jagger
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 21, 1971
Birthplace: Paris

Jewelry and home designer Jade Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, has also been a model. She launched the fashion brand Jade Inc. and a lifestyle concept called Jezebel. She has also worked for Garrard and designed luxury apartments in New York and Mumbai.

 10 Jay Pharoah

Jay Pharoah
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1987
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

 11 Jean-François Millet

Jean-François Millet
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 4, 1814
Birthplace: Gréville-Hague, La Hague, France
Died: January 20, 1875

 12 Will Sampson

Will Sampson
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 27, 1933
Birthplace: Okmulgee, Oklahoma, USA
Died: June 3, 1987
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 13 Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: October 10, 1901
Birthplace: Borgonovo, Bregaglia, Switzerland
Died: January 11, 1966

Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss painter, sculptor, printmaker, and draftsman. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most important sculptors, Giacometti's career and his friendship with American writer James Lord inspired the 2017 British-American drama film Final Portrait, in which Alberto Giacometti is portrayed by Australian actor Geoffrey Roy Rush.

 14 Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: October 22, 1925
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas
Died: May 12, 2008

 15 Neil Buchanan

Neil Buchanan
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: October 11, 1961
Birthplace: Aintree, Liverpool, England, UK

 16 Mary Pinchot Meyer

Mary Pinchot Meyer
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Famous As: Painter & Journalist
Birthdate: October 14, 1920
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: October 12, 1964
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 17 Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni
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Famous As: Painter and Sculptor
Birthdate: October 19, 1882
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Died: August 17, 1916

Umberto Boccioni was an Italian painter and sculptor credited to have shaped the revolutionary aesthetic of the Futurism movement. Even though he died at the young age of 33, he left behind a rich legacy as an artist. He was of a rebellious nature and played a key role in the development of the Futurism movement. 

 18 Günter Grass

Günter Grass
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Famous As: Author of 'The Tin Drum', 'Cat and Mouse' and 'Dog Years'
Birthdate: October 16, 1927
Birthplace: Free City of Danzig, Poland
Died: April 13, 2015

Günter Grass was a German novelist, illustrator, graphic artist, poet, playwright, and sculptor. A much revered and decorated writer, Grass was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999. Over the course of his illustrious career, Günter Grass won many other awards, including the Georg Büchner Prize and the Hermann Kesten Prize.

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 19 Peter Max

Peter Max
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Famous As: American artist
Birthdate: October 19, 1937
Birthplace: Berlin

 20 Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 3, 1867
Birthplace: Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
Died: January 23, 1947

French painter Pierre Bonnard was part of Les Nabis and later led the Intimists. Known for his love for bright colors, he painted a range of subjects, from domestic scenes to nudes, and could even paint from memory. Though a womanizer, Bonnard was married to his muse Marthe de Méligny.

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 21 Nicholas Roerich

Nicholas Roerich
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 9, 1874
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: December 13, 1947

Russian painter, writer, philosopher, theosophist and archaeologist, Nicholas Roerich, counted among the greatest Russian painters, is noted for initiating the modern movement for the defense of cultural objects. One of the greatest feats that he achieved during his lifetime was the Roerich Pact that was signed into law by the US and most nations of the Pan-American Union.

 22 Jim Starlin

Jim Starlin
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Famous As: Comics artist
Birthdate: October 9, 1949
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
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 23 Hoyte van Hoytema

Hoyte van Hoytema
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Famous As: Cinematographer known for his collaborations with director Christopher Nolan, having shot Interstellar (2014), Dunkirk (2017) and Tenet (2020)
Birthdate: October 4, 1971
Birthplace: Horgen, Switzerland

Born in Switzerland to Dutch parents, Hoyte van Hoytema feels more connected to Sweden than any other country in the world. Currently a Swedish citizen, he lives and works in Sweden, having Swedish wife and daughter. He has worked as cinematographer in numerous films, documentaries and television productions and has won several awards for his contributions.

 24 Théodore Géricault

Théodore Géricault
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 26, 1791
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: January 26, 1824
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 25 Han van Meegeren

Han van Meegeren
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 10, 1889
Birthplace: Deventer, Netherlands
Died: December 30, 1947
Han van Meegeren was a Dutch painter best remembered for his skills as an art forger; he successfully forged and sold paintings attributed to famous and respected painters like Johannes Vermeer among other Dutch masters. Han van Meegeren developed this art in order to humiliate art critics of his time who had ridiculed his original works.

 26 Suzanne Valadon

Suzanne Valadon
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 23, 1865
Birthplace: Bessines-sur-Gartempe, France
Died: April 7, 1938

 27 Frederic Remington

Frederic Remington
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Famous As: Sculptor, Writer, Painter
Birthdate: October 4, 1861
Birthplace: New York
Died: December 26, 1909

Frederic Remington was an American sculptor, painter, illustrator, and writer. Best remembered for his depictions of the Western United States, Remington is a member of several cowboy halls of fame, including the Texas Trail Hall of Fame. Frederic Remington was regarded as one of the most successful and popular Western illustrators during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

 28 Lewis Hine

Lewis Hine
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: September 26, 1874
Birthplace: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
Died: November 3, 1940

Lewis Hine was an American photographer and sociologist. Hine's photographs played a key role in the passage of the child labor laws in the USA. He worked with non-profit organizations like Russell Sage Foundation and National Child Labor Committee and captured the plight of several child laborers in the steel-making districts. These photographs helped enact the first child labor laws.

 29 Romero Britto

Romero Britto
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: October 6, 1963
Birthplace: Recife

Romero Britto is a Brazilian painter, artist, sculptor, and serigrapher. He is best known for his distinctive style that fuses elements of pop art, cubism, and graffiti painting. Romero Britto is also known for using bold patterns and vibrant colors as a visual expression of happiness, dreams, and hope.

 30 Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Giovanni Battista Piranesi
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: October 4, 1720
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: November 9, 1778

Italian architect, artist, and archaeologist Giovanni Battista Piranesi is best known for his 16-print series name The Prisons. His remarkable etchings of the famous landmarks of Rome exhibited his unique etching technique, which involved contrasts of light and shade. He made about 2,000 plates throughout his life.

 31 N. C. Wyeth

N. C. Wyeth
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 22, 1882
Birthplace: Needham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 19, 1945

 32 Canaletto

Canaletto
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Famous As: Painter, Landscape Artist
Birthdate: October 18, 1697
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: April 19, 1768

Canaletto was an Italian painter who achieved popularity in England as his works were largely appreciated by King George III. Regarded as one of the most prominent representatives of the 18th-century Venetian school, Canaletto was also renowned for his skills as a printmaker.

 33 Jean-Antoine Watteau

Jean-Antoine Watteau
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Famous As: Former Painter whose notable works include Embarkation for Cythera, L'Enseigne de Gersaint
Birthdate: October 10, 1684
Birthplace: Valenciennes, France
Died: July 18, 1721

 34 Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 8, 1930
Birthplace: Harlem

 35 François Boucher

François Boucher
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 29, 1703
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 30, 1770

 36 Rumiko Takahashi

Rumiko Takahashi
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Famous As: Japanese manga artist
Birthdate: October 10, 1957
Birthplace: Niigata, Niigata Prefecture

Rumiko Takahashi is a Japanese manga artist counted among the country’s best-known and wealthiest manga artists. She began her career in the late 1970s and has created numerous commercially successful works. In 2019, she received the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême, becoming the second woman to win the prize. She has been inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame.  

 37 Winsor McCay

Winsor McCay
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Famous As: Cartoonist, Animator, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: September 26, 1869
Birthplace: Canada
Died: July 26, 1934

Winsor McCay was an American animator and cartoonist. McCay is best remembered for creating the popular fictional character Little Nemo, who originated in a comic strip titled Dream of the Rarebit Fiend. Winsor McCay is credited with pioneering several animation techniques, such as inbetweening and cycling. An early animation pioneer, Winsor McCay’s work has influenced generations of illustrators and cartoonists. 

 38 James Tissot

James Tissot
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 15, 1836
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: August 8, 1902

 39 Benjamin West

Benjamin West
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 10, 1738
Birthplace: Springfield, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 11, 1820

 40 Alexandre Cabanel

Alexandre Cabanel
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Famous As: Former Painter, who painted historical, classical and religious subjects in the academic style
Birthdate: September 28, 1823
Birthplace: Montpellier, France
Died: January 23, 1889

 41 Romano Mussolini

Romano Mussolini
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: September 26, 1927
Birthplace: Forli, Italy
Died: February 3, 2006

Italian jazz-pianist, painter and film producer Romano Mussolini, youngest son of fascist dictator of Italy Benito Mussolini, developed interest in music during childhood. He played jazz under the assumed name Romano Full following the Second World War and formed a leading Italian jazz band, Romano Mussolini All Stars, which spawned albums like Jazz Allo Studio 7 and At the Santa Tecla.

 42 Lawren Harris

Lawren Harris
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 23, 1885
Birthplace: Brantford
Died: January 29, 1970

Lawren Harris was a Canadian painter best remembered as one of the most important members of the influential group of Canadian landscape painters, Group of Seven. Harris played an important and influential role in shaping early modernism in Canadian art. He is also credited with inspiring and mentoring several modernist painters like Emily Carr.

 43 Mary Blair

Mary Blair
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Famous As: Artist, animator, designer
Birthdate: October 21, 1911
Birthplace: McAlester
Died: July 26, 1978

 44 Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: September 23, 1899
Birthplace: Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi
Died: April 17, 1988

Louise Nevelson was an American sculptor best remembered for her monochromatic outdoor sculptures and wooden wall pieces. Although she was not a feminist, Nevelson's work played a major role in the development of the feminist art movement in the United States. Louise Nevelson is widely regarded as one of the 20th-century's most prominent American sculptors.

 45 Maggi Hambling

Maggi Hambling
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 23, 1945
Birthplace: Suffolk

 46 Chris Ofili

Chris Ofili
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Artist, Visual artist
Birthdate: October 10, 1968
Birthplace: Manchester

Chris Ofili is a British painter best known for such works that have been created using elephant dung as part of their creation. His paintings earned him the prestigious Turner Prize in 1998. Chris Ofili, whose work has been categorized as punk art, also utilizes cut-outs from porn magazines, glitter, beads, resin, and oil paint as painting elements.

 47 Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 17, 1955
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.

Kerry James Marshall is an American professor and artist renowned for his artworks and paintings of Black figures. His work has inspired and influenced contemporary artists like Hank Willis Thomas. In 2017, he was mentioned in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people. Marshall has also taught at prestigious institutions like the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC).

 48 Alfred Munnings

Alfred Munnings
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: October 8, 1878
Birthplace: Mendham, Suffolk
Died: July 17, 1959

 49 Torben Ulrich

Torben Ulrich
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 4, 1928
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark

Torben Ulrich is a Danish former professional tennis player turned writer, musician, and filmmaker. As a tennis player, he was the top-ranked senior player in the world in the mid-1970s. He became a writer after retirement and primarily wrote on music, film, athletics, and culture. He eventually founded a New Orleans-type jazz band and made films as well. 

 50 Arnold Böcklin

Arnold Böcklin
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Famous As: Symbolist painter
Birthdate: October 16, 1827
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: January 16, 1901

Though born to a silk trader, Arnold Böcklin ditched his family business and deviated toward art instead. Initially part of the Düsseldorf school of painting, the Symbolist painter later found inspiration in Rome and infused mythological elements in his art. Isle of the Dead and Pan in the Bulrushes remain his best-known works.