Even if you are not an artist, you have most likely been exposed to art all your life. In grade school, you probably took art appreciation classes or studied art history. Although it is not a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subject, art has played an important role in the shaping of our society. It has inspired and motivated people throughout history, and with a proper understanding of it, or the story behind it, you can gain a greater appreciation and understanding of humanity’s story and history. So, whether you are an art junky or not, you are sure to gain something from learning about the artists that have shaped our culture and brought us to this point in our history.
You may still not be convinced. You may still be saying, but art is nothing. It’s just shapes and colors. That is true, but those shapes and colors have led to entire revolutions. The renaissance was largely moved forward by art. It’s connection with science and politics is undeniable and has historically been extremely strong. So, without further ado, get ready to learn something because these are 25 interesting things you may not know about these famous artists.
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His full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso.
Andy created sealed time capsules every month. One those capsules contained a mummified foot.
Because of an eye disease, Georgia started to go blind at the age of 84. In fact, she only had peripheral vision.
Marcel was famous for making art out of regular things. His most famous, however, was a work called, “Fountain.” It was just a urinal that he had bought.
William was known for his bad temper. He would even throw his dinner out the window if it wasn’t prepared right.
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Georges was the first living person to have their art on display in the Louvre.
Piet was known for working on paintings until his hands were blistering.
He was so obsessed with dancers that he drew nearly 1500 paintings of them.
Born as an illegitimate child to a rich merchant and his mistress, Paul died a lonely death due to pneumonia while he was surrounded by piles of paintings that he never managed to sell.
This French post-impressionist worked on part of the Panama Canal.
One of his works, Le Bateau, was hung upside down at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for over a month until a visitor pointed out the mistake.
Claude’s father didn’t like that he was a painter. He wanted to Claude to be a grocer.
Willard works between heart beats so that he doesn’t mess up his micro sculptures (they’re made out of pieces of sand).
George makes extremely advances drawings using an Etch A Sketch.
Known as the “bad boy of Brit art,” the band Blur had him direct its music video for the song, “Country House.”
John James Audubon
Born in Santo Domingo, John moved to the United States in 1802 and made it his goal to draw every species of bird in North America. He ended up with 435 watercolor paintings.
He thought he was the reincarnation of his dead brother.
Jackson was known to paint using cigarettes.
During the 1500’s, Johannes used an early version of the camera in his work called the Camera Obscura.
An art collector had to be compensated after a storage company threw one of Kooper’s works away thinking it was trash.
Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh had a brother who died at birth. His name was also Vincent Van Gogh.
His sculpture known as “The Age of Bronze” looked so real that people thought he must have killed someone and shaped the sculpture around the body.
Peter Paul Rubens
Peter was knighted both by the King of Spain and the King of England.
This British artist is famous for attaching pens to trees and letting the wind do the painting.
Leonardo da Vinci
Although he is one of the most famous painters of all time, he left less than 30 paintings.