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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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Top 8 Famous New Zealand Artists

Art has been produced in New Zealand for a very long time. Over 550 sites on South Island feature charcoal cave feature drawings that are between 550 and 1,000 years old. These Māori drawings evolved into carvings, paintings, weaving, and the wonderful Tā moko. The latter is the traditional Māori tattooing that is done with …

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Top 8 Famous Symbolist Artists

Artists have integrated symbols into their artworks for as long as art has been produced. When the entire artwork became a symbolic representation, it transformed into an art movement. Symbolism emerged in the 19th century as a reaction against the works of Realism artists who only painted what they could perceive. The style first emerged …

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Top 8 Famous Norwegian Artists

Until the Middle Ages, art in Norway ran parallel with art produced in most Nordic countries. Viking Art was dominant between the 8th and 11th centuries. Norse art, as it’s also referred to, incorporated influences from Germanic, Celtic, and even Romanesque and Eastern European art. Like most places in Europe, the type of art produced …

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Top 8 Famous Baroque Sculptors

The Baroque era emerged in the early 17th century and emerged when Baroque sculptors abandoned the ideals of the Renaissance sculptors before them. They had to fill the footsteps of some of the greatest artists in history. This included Renaissance artist Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Mannerist artist Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) to name a few. This wasn’t …

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Top 10 Interesting Facts about Georges Seurat

A young French artist attempted to master a revolutionary new painting technique. He ended up producing one of the most influential paintings of the late 19th century. Georges Pierre Seurat (1859-1891) was a Post-Impressionist artist who was extremely determined to make a name for himself. Little did he know that he would change the course …

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Top 12 Interesting Facts about Francisco Goya

The life of one of the most renowned Spanish artists in history reads like a dramatic story, regardless of the copious amounts of talent that he was blessed with. Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) is better known as simply “Francisco Goya.” His career started extremely successful and was dominated by several incidents later …

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