Sagittarius Artists & Painters

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 1 William Blake

William Blake
Famous As: Poet and Visual Artist of the Romantic Age
Birthdate: November 28, 1757
Birthplace: Soho, London, England
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.

 2 Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 12, 1863
Birthplace: Ådalsbruk, Norway
Died: 1944 AD

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.

 3 Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 13, 1886
Birthplace: Guanajuato, Mexico
Died: November 25, 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.

 4 Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 16, 1866
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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

 5 Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 2, 1859
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 29, 1891

A significant figure of the Post-Impressionist era, Georges Seurat depicted structured art, far removed from the free-flowing Impressionist art. Best known for techniques such as pointillism, he created masterpieces such as Bathers at Asnières. He died before his last exhibition ended, and eerily displayed an unfinished painting, Cirque.

 6 Paul Klee

Paul Klee
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 18, 1879
Birthplace: Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
Died: May 29, 1940
The father of abstract art, Paul Klee’s works contained elements of surrealism, cubism, and expressionism, but they were not part of any specific school. He was also a skilled violinist and an avid reader. He also taught at the Bauhaus and experimented with various media, such as oil, watercolor, and ink.

 7 Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu
Famous As: Actress, Producer, Artist
Birthdate: December 2, 1968
Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York, United States

American actress, Lucy Liu, shot to fame with television series Ally McBeal and later proved her acting skills with films like Charlie's Angels, Kill Bill, Volume 1, Shanghai Noon and television series Elementary and Southland. Intelligent and multitalented, she has voiced animated films, turned producer/director, made her Broadway debut and last but not the least, is also a visual artist.

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 8 Masaccio

Famous As: Florentine artist
Birthdate: December 21, 1401
Birthplace: San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy
Died: 1428 AD

Masaccio was a Florentine artist best remembered for his skills at recreating lifelike figures and imitating nature. Widely regarded as the best painter of his generation, Masaccio employed foreshortenings and nudes in his paintings, which were rarely seen at that time. He is also considered the first great Italian artist of the Quattrocento period.

 9 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 24, 1864
Birthplace: Albi, France
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.

 10 Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Famous As: Sculptor, Architect
Birthdate: December 7, 1598
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: November 28, 1680
Son of sculptor Pietro Bernini, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, introduced the Baroque style of sculpture to the world. Known for his masterpieces such as Apollo and Daphne and David, he excelled in depicting the fine details of skin and hair in his marble creations. His commissioned creations include St. Peter's baldachin.

 11 Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot
Famous As: Is a French Painter, Best known for her relationship with Pablo Picasso
Birthdate: November 26, 1921
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Françoise Gilot is a French painter whose professional career was overshadowed by her long and turbulent relationship with Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. After breaking up with Picasso, with whom Gilot had two children, the former deterred galleries from buying her work. He even tried blocking the release of her memoir Life With Picasso which was released in 1964.

 12 Don Gummer

Don Gummer
Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: December 12, 1946
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Don Gummer, husband of actor Meryl Streep, is a talented sculptor who is known for his free-standing sculptures in bronze. He initially focused on wall-mounted and table-top pieces. An avid philanthropist, he has donated to various charitable organizations such as the Silver Mountain Arts Foundation, along with Meryl.

 13 William Turner of Oxford

William Turner of Oxford
Famous As: Painter who specialised in watercolour landscapes
Birthdate: November 29, 1789
Birthplace: Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 7, 1862

British landscape painter William Turner of Oxford is often mistaken for the famous painter J. M. W. Turner, who was also from England. Turner was a lifelong member of the Watercolor Society, founded by his mentor John Varley. Oxford from Hinksey Hill remains one of his best-known works.

 14 Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel
Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: December 8, 1864
Birthplace: Fère-en-Tardenois, France
Died: October 19, 1943

French sculptor Camille Claudel is also popularly known as legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin’s student, mistress, and muse. Claudel also contributed to many of Rodin’s masterpieces but never got any credit for it. After her relationship with Rodin soured, she became alienated and eventually died in an asylum.

 15 Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Birthplace: Rasht, Iran

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

 16 El Lissitzky

El Lissitzky
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 23, 1890
Birthplace: Pochinok, Russia
Died: December 30, 1941

El Lissitzky remains to be one of the greatest figures of the Russian avant-garde movement. Apart from excelling as a painter, an architect, and a photographer, he also pioneered 20th-century nonrepresentational art. He was also part of the De Stijl and had taught at the Bauhaus, too.

 17 William-Adolphe Bouguereau

William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 30, 1825
Birthplace: La Rochelle, France
Died: August 19, 1905

William-Adolphe Bouguereau was a French academic painter who enjoyed significant popularity in the United States and France. Renowned for his realistic genre paintings, which focused on the beauty of the female human body, Bouguereau received top prices for his paintings and numerous official honors during his lifetime. 

 18 Dora Maar

Dora Maar
Famous As: Photographer, Painter
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 16, 1997

Born to a French mother and a Croatian father, Dora Maar spent her childhood in Argentina and later studied art in Paris. The renowned surrealist artist and photographer later gained fame as Pablo Picasso’s lover and muse, and was featured in his paintings such as Weeping Woman.

 19 Marie Tussaud

Marie Tussaud
Famous As: Visual Artist, Wax Sculptor
Birthdate: December 7, 1761
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: April 16, 1850

Marie Tussaud was a French artist and sculptor best remembered for her wax sculptures. She founded Madame Tussauds, a wax museum, in London in 1835. The museum is a major tourist attraction today. As a young girl, she learned wax modeling from doctor cum wax modeler Philippe Curtius. In the ensuing years, she became a prominent sculptor.

 20 Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud
Famous As: Painter, Illustrator
Birthdate: December 8, 1922
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 20, 2011

The son of architect L. Freud and the grandson of legendary psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, painter Lucian Freud was born in Berlin but later moved to London to flee Nazism. He showed an inclination toward surrealism initially but later drifted to realism. Cedric Morris remains one of his notable works.

 21 Jeroen Krabbe

Jeroen Krabbe
Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: December 5, 1944
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jeroen Krabbe is a Dutch actor, illustrator, painter, and film director. He is best known for playing negative roles in popular films like the 15th James Bond movie The Living Daylights. His contributions to film and theatre were honored with the Top Naeff prize in 1965. In 2014, he was awarded the Frans Banninck Cocqpenning for his services to Amsterdam.

 22 Stanislaw Szukalski

Stanislaw Szukalski
Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: December 13, 1893
Birthplace: Warta, Poland
Died: May 19, 1987

 23 Roy William Thomas Jr.

Roy William Thomas Jr.
Famous As: Comic Book Writer
Birthdate: November 22, 1940
Birthplace: Jackson, Missouri, United States

 24 Otto Dix

Otto Dix
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 2, 1891
Birthplace: Untermhaus
Died: July 25, 1969

German painter, engraver and printmaker Otto Dix, counted among the most significant artists of Neue Sachlichkeit, is noted for his harsh and brutal depictions of war and severe situation of German society during the Weimar Republic. Some of his paintings, exhibited in Otto Dix House, which showcases materials on his life and work, include Selbstbildnis als Rauchern and Meine Freundin Elis.  

 25 Alex Grey

Alex Grey
Famous As: American artist
Birthdate: November 29, 1953
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio

 26 Dean O'Gorman

Dean O'Gorman
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 1, 1976
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 27 Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse

Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 25, 1868
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany
Died: October 9, 1937
Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse was the son of Louis IV and Princess Alice and the grandson of Queen Victoria of England. An art lover, he established the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony for artists and craftsmen, and patronized the artists of the art nouveau Jugendstil movement. 

 28 John Lurie

John Lurie
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 14, 1952
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.

 29 Emily Carr

Emily Carr
Famous As: Painter, Autobiographer
Birthdate: December 13, 1871
Birthplace: Victoria
Died: March 2, 1945

Emily Carr was a Canadian writer and artist remembered for painting landscapes and authoring one of the earliest chronicles of life in British Columbia. Considered a Canadian icon, Carr was one of the first modernist painters to portray the spirit of Canada. In 2013, one of her paintings The Crazy Stair sold at a Toronto art auction for $3.39 million.

 30 Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll
Famous As: Horticulturist, Painter, Gardener, Non-fiction writer, Botanist, Architect
Birthdate: November 29, 1843
Birthplace: London
Died: December 8, 1932

Landscape architect Gertrude Jekyll was born into an affluent family and grew up in a refined environment, learning music and traveling. Initially interested in painting, she gave it up to focus on gardening when she developed eyesight problems. She built around 400 gardens and also collaborated with Sir Edwin Lutyens.

 31 Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 12, 1928
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 27, 2011

 32 Armin Mueller-Stahl

Armin Mueller-Stahl
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1930
Birthplace: Sovetsk, Russia

German film and stage actor, director, painter and author Armin Mueller-Stahl is best-known for playing the abusive father of pianist David Helfgott in the 1996 Australian biographical drama film Shine. The role earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also featured in other films like Utz and made his directorial debut with Conversation with the Beast.

 33 Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic
Famous As: Performance Artist
Birthdate: November 30, 1946
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

 34 Marc Brown

Marc Brown
Famous As: Author, Illustrator of children's books
Birthdate: November 25, 1946
Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

 35 Gilbert Stuart

Gilbert Stuart
Famous As: Portrait painter, Painter
Birthdate: December 3, 1755
Birthplace: North Kingstown
Died: July 9, 1828

 36 Emmett Kelly

Emmett Kelly
Famous As: Circus performer
Birthdate: December 9, 1898
Birthplace: Sedan, Kansas, US
Died: March 28, 1979

 37 Pippa Bacca

Pippa Bacca
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 9, 1974
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: March 31, 2008

Pippa Bacca made international headlines in March 2008, when she was found naked and strangled on the outskirts of Istanbul. The Italian feminist artist had apparently been raped and murdered in the middle of her hitch-hiking program Brides on Tour, which had her traveling from Milan dressed as a bride.

 38 Erté

Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 23, 1892
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: April 21, 1990

Russian-French designer and artist Romain de Tirtoff, better known as Erté, not just designed clothes but also created sets, costumes, and posters for opera and ballet performances. He had worked for Harper’s Bazaar and the Folies-Bergère, and had also penned quite a few books on design and illustration.

 39 Greg Rucka

Greg Rucka
Famous As: Comics artist
Birthdate: November 29, 1969
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

 40 Aristide Maillol

Aristide Maillol
Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: December 8, 1861
Birthplace: Banyuls-sur-Mer, France
Died: September 27, 1944

Best known for his female nude statues, Aristide Maillol had started his career as a tapestry painter. He was 40 when failing eyesight forced him to quit painting and take to sculpting. He was influenced by the French group of artists named the Nabis. Many of his artworks were later looted by the Nazis.

 41 E. H. Shepard

E. H. Shepard
Famous As: Artist, Illustrator, Painter
Birthdate: December 10, 1879
Birthplace: London
Died: March 24, 1976

 42 Alexander Rodchenko

Alexander Rodchenko
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 5, 1891
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: December 3, 1956

Remembered as one of the founders of the avant-garde movement named Russian constructivism, Alexander Rodchenko has experimented with photography, paintings, posters, photomontage, and sculpture. Most of his works have political overtones. He was a prominent member of the October Group and was geared toward making art for the working classes.

 43 Edward Ruscha

Edward Ruscha
Famous As: Painter, Photographer, Film director
Birthdate: December 16, 1937
Birthplace: Omaha

 44 Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton

Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton
Birthdate: December 3, 1830
Birthplace: Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Died: January 25, 1896

 45 José Clemente Orozco

José Clemente Orozco
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 23, 1883
Birthplace: Ciudad Guzmán, Mexico
Died: September 7, 1949

One of the finest 20th-century muralists who specialized in fresco, José Clemente Orozco was not just a painter but also a talented caricaturist. His murals adorned not just cities of Mexico, but also places such as New York and California. The National Prize winner often focused on socially relevant themes.

 46 Oliver Dragojevic

Oliver Dragojevic
Famous As: Recording artist
Birthdate: December 7, 1947
Birthplace: Split, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Died: July 29, 2018

 47 Félix González-Torres

Félix González-Torres
Famous As: Visual Artist
Birthdate: November 26, 1957
Birthplace: Guáimaro, Cuba
Died: January 9, 1996

Félix González-Torres was an American visual artist best remembered for his sculptures and minimal installations made out of everyday objects like lightbulbs, stacks of paper, clocks, and packaged hard candies. In 2010, his 1992 piece Untitled sold for $4.6 million at an auction. Félix González-Torres died at the age of 38 due to complications from AIDS.

 48 George Condo

George Condo
Famous As: painter, contemporary art
Birthdate: December 10, 1957
Birthplace: Concord

 49 Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman
Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: December 6, 1941
Birthplace: Fort Wayne

Bruce Nauman is an American artist whose work involves sculpting, printmaking, drawing, and photography. In 1993, he was honored with the Wolf Prize for his contribution to 20th-century art and his work as a sculptor. He has also received other prestigious awards like the Wexner Prize. In 2004, he was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people.

 50 Tsuguharu Foujita

Tsuguharu Foujita
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 27, 1886
Birthplace: Shinogawamachi, Tokyo, Japan
Died: January 29, 1968

Tsuguharu Foujita was a Japanese expatriate painter, known for his nude paintings, portraits, city scenes and painting of cats. Moving to Paris at the age of 25, he made friends with many aspiring artists including Picasso and Matisse, shortly becoming famous for his Reclining Nude with Toile de Jouy. He turned to more religious subjects towards the end of his lucrative career.