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Renita Shelley

Renita Shelley is an artist in heart and soul. She combines her interest in history with her love for the world of art to educate you about the most famous artists. From the genius of Leonardo da Vinci to the troubled life of Vincent van Gogh, she is a walking encyclopedia who loves to share the stories about the most fascinating and creative people in human history.

Top 10 Interesting Facts about James Ensor

Although the name of this renowned Symbolist artist sounds English, he was born and raised in Belgium and spent his entire career in his home country. James Ensor (1860-1949) was a revolutionary artist in the late 19th century and an important figure in the transition to modern art. What made him so famous and why …

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Top 8 Famous Polish Painters

Because Poland is a large country in Central Europe, it has been influenced by a large number of European art movements over the centuries. Art that was distinctively Polish in nature was established in the 19th century with a remarkable mix of folklore, history, and realism. Realism and history painting, especially the Kraków school, remained …

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Top 8 Famous Greek Painters

The modern-day Greek state was established in 1821 after many centuries of Ottoman Rule. This declaration was followed by a bloody Greek War of Independence (1821-1829). The horrific tragedies that occurred during this period in the 1820s became the source of inspiration for renowned Romantic artists such as Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863). His most famous paintings …

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Top 10 Interesting Facts about Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

This female artist lived during an important period in European history and her style reflects two important art movements. Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) is considered to be a Rococo artist because of her color palette and association with the Ancien Régime. She did, however, also integrate elements associated with Neoclassical art and lived long …

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Top 8 Famous Argentine Painters

Painting in Argentina has a history that goes back to Pre-Columbian times. Some cave paintings that have been found in the country were produced around 7300 B.C. One of the most prominent examples is Cueva de las Manos or “Cave of the Hands,” a UNESCO World Heritage site that is world-famous for an extensive collection …

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Top 10 Interesting Facts about Jean-François Millet

When this French artist moved from crowded Paris to the rural area of Barbizon just to the south of the city, he became the leading figure of a new art movement. Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) was a Realism artist who is famously known for his depiction of peasants in rural settings. Millet’s paintings are considered to …

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