Artists & Painters

Painters may refer to people who are involved in the creation of art work through the use of paint. A painter is one who paints in order to earn his living or he/she may also practice it as a recreational activity. The world most ancient paintings were created by cavemen, who created murals on the caves. Some of the oldest know paintings were created in France, at the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, these paintings are considered to be 32, 000 years old. Visual art was also produced in India as early as the 3rd millennium BC. Paintings were also done in the caves of central India in the pre-historic times, from 30,000 BCE. The different types of painters include surrealistic painters, abstract painters, modernist painters, impressionistic painters, modern painters and realistic painters. The different kinds of paintings include cubism, geometric art, pop art; outsider art, photorealism, and ink wash painting among many others. In the 21st century, the art industry is one of the most booming multibillion dollar industries that provides opportunities to an array of artists and painters. Here is a compilation of a list of famous painters from across the world, learn more fascinating facts and details about them with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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 1 Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh
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Listed In: Artists
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.

 2 Bob Ross

Bob Ross
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: July 4, 1995

Painter, art instructor, and television host, Bob Ross, gained international fame as the creator and host of the instructional TV show, The Joy of Painting. He served in the United States Air Force for several years before embarking on a career as a painter. He had a deep love for animals and cared for several injured squirrels, armadillos, and snakes.

 3 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.

 4 Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Spanish
Died: April 8, 1973

Pablo Picasso was a renowned artist whose paintings sell by millions of dollars at auctions even today, many years after his death. With masterful strokes, attractive shades and rich textures, Picasso created some of the most visually impressive arts of the 20th century. While exploring new styles and experimenting with different techniques, Picasso co-founded Cubist art style and co-invented collage.

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 5 Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore
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Listed In: Poets, Artists, Novelists
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.

 6 Michelangelo

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.

 7 Claude Monet

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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 8 Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler
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Listed In: Actors, Models, Artists
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.

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 9 Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock
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Listed In: Artists
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 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
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 11 Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg
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Listed In: Artists
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.

 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 Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat
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Listed In: Artists
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.

 14 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.

 15 Tarrare

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

 16 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.

 17 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. 

 18 Jemima Kirke

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

 19 Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch
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Listed In: Artists
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.

 20 Fred Gwynne

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

 21 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
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Listed In: Artists
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.

 22 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.

 23 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.

 24 William Turner

William Turner
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: November 12, 1789
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: August 7, 1862

 25 Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya
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Listed In: Artists
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.

 26 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.

 27 Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1445 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 17, 1510
Italian painter Sandro Botticelli was one of the most influential figures of the Early Renaissance. His works later influenced the Pre-Raphaelites. He is best known for his iconic works Primavera and The Birth of Venus and his versions of the Madonna and Child. He also painted the Sistine Chapel.

 28 Banksy

Banksy
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Listed In: Directors
Famous As: Graffiti Artist
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Nationality: British

Speaking to world through his spray paints and stencils, Banksy is a popular, though anonymous, graffiti artist. He has a unique style that includes stenciling technique and is known for delivering satirical political and social messages. With fans all over the world, this mysterious artist’s works are worth millions of pounds.

 29 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.

 30 Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt
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Listed In: Actresses
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.

 31 Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 21, 1471
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: April 6, 1528

Albrecht Durer was a German painter, theorist, and printmaker of the German Renaissance. During his 20s, Durer established his reputation as a popular printmaker across Europe, thanks to his high-quality woodcut prints. His popularity enabled him to work with major Italian artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Giovanni Bellini, and Raphael. Albrecht Durer also influenced generations of artists, especially in printmaking.

 32 Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 31, 1632
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Dutch
Died: December 15, 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.

 33 John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo
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Listed In: Actors, Artists, Comedians
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.

 34 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

 35 Raja Ravi Varma

Raja Ravi Varma
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 29, 1848
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 5, 1906

 36 Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby
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Famous As: Comic Book Artist
Birthdate: August 28, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: February 6, 1994
Jacob Kurtzberg, or Jack Kirby, initially published comics under various other pseudonyms, such as "Jack Curtiss" and "Curt Davis." He worked with Marvel, where he co-created characters such as The Fantastic Four and the X-Men, along with Stan Lee. He then joined DC, where he created the Fourth World Saga

 37 Ant Anstead

Ant Anstead
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Listed In: Artists
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.

 38 Tom Franco

Tom Franco
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Listed In: Actors, Artists
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.

 39 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.

 40 Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 41 Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 25, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: December 3, 1919

French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, father of actor Pierre Renoir and director Jean Renoir, was a key Impressionist painter. His best-known works include The Swing, Diana, and Seated Girl. He was known for his use of vibrant colors and feminine sensuality in his works. He also painted landscapes and portraits.

 42 Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic
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Famous As: Performance Artist
Birthdate: November 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Serbian

 43 Lauren Lapkus

Lauren Lapkus
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 44 Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera
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Listed In: Artists
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.

 45 Tasya van Ree

Tasya van Ree
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Listed In: Designers
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Tasya van Ree is a popular American painter and photographer, known for her keen interests in visual presentation and mixed media. Also known for her distinctive sense of fashion, Tasya believes that people become what they wear. An openly gay celebrity, she serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community. She has dated personalities like Amber Heard and Caroline Vreeland.

 46 Frida Kahlo

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Mexican
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.

 47 Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt
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Listed In: Artists
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.

 48 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.

 49 Yvonne McGuinness

Yvonne McGuinness
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Listed In: Sculptors
Famous As: Visual Artist
Birthdate: October 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Irish
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.

 50 Édouard Manet

Édouard Manet
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 23, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: April 30, 1883

Édouard Manet was a French painter who played a key role in the transition to Impressionism from Realism in the 19th-century. Manet was one of the first artists from his generation to paint modern life. His early masterworks, such as Olympia, served as rallying points for young and aspiring impressionist painters. His works continue to influence painters around the world.

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