The Artist Birthday Series

Jacques-Louis David

Jaques-Louis David: painter Jacques-Louis David (1748 – 1825) was an influential French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the preeminent painter of the era. In the 1780s his cerebral brand of history painting marked a change in taste away from Rococo frivolity toward a classical austerity. Jacques-Louis David was born on August 30,… Read More Jacques-Louis David

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Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire: poet, writer, artistic force Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 – 1918) was a French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish descent. Apollinaire is considered one of the foremost poets of the early 20th century, as well as one of the most impassioned defenders of Cubism and a forefather of Surrealism. Wilhelm… Read More Guillaume Apollinaire

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Lavinia Fontana

Lavinia Fontana: painter Lavinia Fontana (1552 – 1614) was an Italian painter. She is regarded as the first woman artist of the Renaissance, working within the same sphere as her male counterparts, outside a court or convent. She was the first woman artist to paint female nudes, and was the main breadwinner of a family… Read More Lavinia Fontana

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson: photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, (1908—2004) was a French photographer whose humane, spontaneous photographs helped establish photojournalism as an art form. His theory that photography can capture the meaning beneath outward appearance in instants of extraordinary clarity is perhaps best expressed in his book Images à la sauvette (1952; in English, The Decisive Moment). Cartier-Bresson was… Read More Henri Cartier-Bresson