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Alphonse Mucha: 1860-1939

Born on July 24, 1860 in Ivančice, Moravia (now Czech Republic), Alphonse Maria Mucha was a painter and decorative artist who played a major role in shaping the French Art Nouveau movement.  Though Mucha’s hobby as a child was drawing, he studied on a choral scholarship at the Church of St Peter in Brno, the […]

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Gustav Klimt: 1862-1918

Born on July 14, 1862 in Baumgarten, near Vienna, Austria, Gustav Klimt is considered one of the greatest decorative painters of the 20th century. From 1876 to 1883, he attended the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts) where he studied figural drawing and painting. His brother Ernst also enrolled in the school in 1877. By […]

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Jean Paul Riopelle: 1923 – 2002

Born on October 7, 1923 in Montreal, Canada, Jean-Paul Riopelle is one of Canada’s most famous painters. Riopelle studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal in 1942, and then at the École du Meuble, graduating in 1945. He studied with Paul-Émile Borduas under whose direction Riopelle created his first abstract painting. Riopelle was a […]

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Annie Leibovitz: Photography

Born on October 2, 1949,  in Waterbury, Connecticut, Annie Leibovitz has been documenting American popular culture since the 1970’s and is one of the most sought after portrait photographers today. The Leibovitz family moved frequently with her father’s duty assignments in the US Air Force and Annie took her first photos when they were stationed […]

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: 1571-1610

Born in Milan, Italy on September 29, 1571, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is considered one of the first great painters of the Baroque school and a revolutionary figure in European art. Caravaggio trained in Milan under the Lombard painter Simone Peterzano, a pupil of Titian – the leading painter of the 16th century Venetian school […]

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Shea Hembrey: How I Became 100 Artists – Ted Talks

(Worth the 16:48 watch time) How do you stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists? If you’re Shea Hembrey, you invent all of the artists and artwork yourself and hold your own biennial called “Seek” From large-scale outdoor installations to tiny paintings drawn with a single-haired brush, watch this funny, mind-bending […]

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hotburrito2: Photography

There’s an Australian photographer I’ve been following on Deviant Art for about a year named hotburrito2, (mrs miggins) and I’m excited to share his work with you today. Many of hotburrito2’s photos feature water and the beach.  Many include animals, mainly dogs, birds, and the occasional kangaroo.  Other photos (my favourites), are composed with random […]