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Famous Artist Birthdays and Inspiration

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Hey everyone welcome back to another fun article. Thanks so much for all of the continued support, I truly am appreciative of everything!

I’ve made a fully stocked birthday list of every famous artist that has inspired me along the way. Lots of samples to introduce you to their art and possibly inspire your own. Name links lead to a google search with more of their images, and I also include links to previous articles. Everyone from photographers, film makers, painters, printmakers, sculptors, and illustrators…almost like an artist glossary. Get inspired and see if your birthday lands on theirs!

I’ve always found it interesting to see when famous artists are born, and how long they lived. Most of them lived a very long life. I was born September 28th, 1977, so I feel that much closer to the artists that lived in the 1900’s. I kind of wish I lived in the 1800’s with many of the great artists listed below…for the art, not the war, poverty, and lack of technology.

It’s crazy to see how traditional composition and design seems to have withered away almost completely in the last 50 years or so. If you look at the dates, it seems to fade out around the 70’s when Picasso died. There are only a handful of famous artists to make it further and carry the torch of traditional composition like Dali, Nerdrum, Leibovitz, and a few others. Craziness!

Not to say that nice art isn’t being made by other famous artists, but the powerful composition techniques are minimal. Composition is not being taught in many schools much past…you know what. But, enough of me rambling on about these awesome artists. Check them out for yourselves and be inspired. Try to copy a master and emulate them in your work…it’s one of the best ways to learn.

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January

1stAlfred Stiegletz 1864-1946 (photographer) (see Day 139)

3rdViggo Johansen 1851-1935 (painter) (see Day 89 & 121)

6thGustave Dore 1832-1883 (printmaker) (see #386)

7thAlbert Bierstadt 1830-1902 (painter)

8thSir Lawrence Alma Tadema 1836-1912 (painter) (see Day 163 & 233)

10thJoseph Koudelka 1938-present (photographer) (see #395)

12thJohn Singer Sargent 1856-1925 (painter) (see Day 40)

14thHenri Fantin-Latour 1836-1904 (painter) (see Day 128)

19thPaul Cezanne 1839-1906 (painter) (see Day 182 & 346)

20thDavid Lynch 1946-present (film director)

23rdEdouard Manet 1832-1883 (painter)

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February

1stThomas Cole 1801-1848 (painter)

11thHarold Speed 1872-1957 (painter/author) (see Day 311, 351 & #387)

17thPierre Auguste Cot 1837-1883 (painter) (see Day 240)

20thAnsel Adams 1902-1984 (photographer) (see Day 293)

23rdGeorge Frederic Watts 1817-1904 (painter) (see Day 327)

24thWinslow Homer 1836-1910 (painter)

25thPierre-Auguste Renoir 1841-1919 (painter) (see Day 261)

28thFrank Gehry 1929-present (architect)

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March

1stSandro Botticelli 1445-1510 (painter)

14thJules Joseph Lefebvre 1836-1911 (painter)

17thJean-Marc Nattier 1685-1766 (painter)

20thEdward Poynter 1836-1919 (painter) (see Day 110)

24thEdward Weston 1886-1958 (photographer) (see Day 106)

30thVincent van Gogh 1853-1890 (painter) (see Day 54, 219, 220, 221, 237, 250, 289, & 339)

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April

4thHonoré  Fragonard 1732-1806 (painter)

4thAndrei Tarkovsky 1932-1986 (film director)

6th– John William Waterhouse 1849-1917 (painter) (see Day 320)

8thOdd Nerdrum 1944-present (painter) (see Day 357 & #408)

14thRobert Doisneau 1912-1944 (photographer)

15thLeonardo da Vinci 1452-1519 (painter/sculptor/architect) (see Day 33, 162, 171, 173, 247, 303, & #382)

23rdJ.M.W. Turner 1775-1851 (painter)

26thEugene Delacroix 1798-1836 (painter) (see Day 310)

28thHugeus Merle 1822-1881 (painter) (see Day 82)

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May

1stGeorge Inness 1825-1894 (painter)

5thAlex Webb 1952-present (photographer) (see Day 276)

11thJean-Baptiste Carpeaux 1827-1875 (sculptor) (see Day 229)

11th– Salvador Dali 1904-1989 (painter) (see Day 259 & 268)

11th– Jean-Leon Gerome 1824-1904 (painter) (see Day 324)

19thEugene Romain Thirion 1839-1910 (painter) (see Day 362)

22ndMary Cassatt 1844-1926 (painter)

22nd– Hubert Robert 1733-1808 (painter) (see Day 135)

23rdMartin Parr 1952-present (photographer) (see Day 295)

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June

2ndErwin Olaf 1959-present (photographer) (see Day 201)

7thPaul Gauguin 1848-1903 (painter)

8thFrank Lloyd Wright 1867-1959 (architect)

10thGustave Courbet 1819-1877 (painter)

11thJulia Margaret Cameron 1815-1879 (photographer)

12thEgon Schiele 1890-1918 (painter) (see #391)

12thJean Raoux 1677-1734 (painter)

13thKarl Blossfeldt 1865-1932 (photographer) (see Day 350)

17thM.C. Escher 1898-1972 (graphic artist) (see Day 316)

28thPeter Paul Rubens 1577-1640 (painter) (see Day 124, 145, 180, 212, 243, 254, 255, 256, 296, & 331)

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July

5thAndre Lhote 1885-1962 (painter/author) (see Day 232)

8th– Artemisia Gentileschi 1593-1653 (painter) (see Day 205)

12thAndrew Wyeth 1917-2009 (painter) (see Day 246, 349, & 356)

15thRembrandt 1606-1669 (painter) (see Day 334)

17th Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot 1796-1875 (painter) (see 1.4.13 post)

18thSyd Mead 1933-present (illustrator)

19thEdgar Degas 1834-1917 (painter) (see Day 114194, 208, 235, 290, 347, #406,

20thGiorgio Morandi 1890-1964 (painter) (see Day 149)

22ndEdward Hopper 1882-1967 (painter)

24thAlphonse Mucha 1860-1939 (painter)

25thThomas Eakins 1844-1916 (painter) (see Day 348)

26thStanley Kubrick 1928-1999 (photographer/film director) (see Day 260)

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August

14thClaude Joseph Vernet 1714-1789 (painter) (see Day 75)

22ndHenri Cartier-Bresson 1908-2004 (photographer) (see Day 41, 45, 116, 226, 232, 252, 286, 314, #366, #368, #374, #381, #410, & #414)

27thMan Ray 1890-1976 (photographer)

29thJean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres 1780-1867 (painter)

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September

5thCaspar David Friedrich 1774-1840 (painter) (see Day 97)

5th– Werner Herzog 1942-present (film director) (see #401)

13thJan Brueghel the younger 1601-1678 (painter)

16thSolomon Joseph Solomon 1860-1927 (painter) (see Day 345)

26thTheodore Gericault 1791-1824 (painter)

26th– Gregory Crewdson 1926-present (photographer) (see Day 30, 77117, 166, & 215

29thCaravaggio 1571-1610 (painter) (see Day 100, & 313)

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October

2ndAnnie Leibovitz 1949-present (photographer) (see Day 2, 4761, 86, 159, 187, 222, 264, 280, & #385)

3rdPierre Bonnard 1867-1947 (painter) (see Day 45 & 129)

4thJean Francois Millet 1814-1875 (painter)

10thAlberto Giacometti 1901-1966 (sculptor, painter)

10thAntoine Watteau 1684-1721 (painter)

11thJames Barry 1795-1865 (painter)

15thJames Tissot 1836-1902 (painter)

25thPablo Picasso 1881-1973 (painter/sculptor) (see Day 103, 138, 251, 274, 304, #377, #382, & #413)

27thKenyon Cox 1856-1919 (painter/author) (see Day 150)

28thFrancis Bacon 1909-1992 (painter)

30th– Henri Regnault 1843-1871 (painter)

31stJohannes Vermeer 1632-1675 (painter) (see Day 156, 266, & 363)

31st– Helmut Newton 1920-2004 (photographer)

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November

2ndJean-Babtiste Chardin 1699-1779 (painter)

11thFrans Synders 1579-1657 (painter) (see Day 37)

12thAuguste Rodin 1840-1917 (sculptor)

14thClaude Monet 1840-1926 (painter) (see #370 & 371)

19thNicolas Poussin 1594-1665 (painter)

21stRene Magritte 1898-1967 (painter)

24thHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1864-1901 (painter) (see Day 79, 338, & 358)

25thMaurice Denis 1870-1943 (painter)

30thWilliam Adolphe-Bouguereau 1825-1905 (painter) (see Day 65, 107, 170, 218, 306, & 319)

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December

2ndGeorges-Pierre Seurat 1859-1891 (painter) (see Day 2367, )

8thLucian Freud 1922-2011 (painter) (see Day 292)

12thEdvard Munch 1863-1944 (painter)

14th– Pierre Puvis de Chavannes 1824-1898 (painter)

30thHenrietta Rae 1859-1928 (painter) (see Day 317)

31stHenri Matisse 1869-1954 (painter) (see Day 258, 285, 298 & #374)

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Unknown Birthdays

Raphael 1483-1520 (painter) (see Day 271)

Glen Villpu 1937-present (illustrator)

Hieronymus Bosch 1450-1516 (painter)

Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1525-1569 (painter) (see Day 58)

Jay Hambidge 1867-1924 (painter/author) (see Day 14)

Joachim Patinir 1480-1524 (painter) (see Day 51)

Herbert James Draper 1863-1920 (painter) (see Day 142)

Pieter Claesz 1597-1661 (painter)

Paul de Vos 1591-1678 (painter) (see Day 352)

Arantzazu Martinez 1977-present (painter) (see Day 16)

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