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    Sandro Botticelli was born in Florence, Italy, probably in 1444. His paintings were very popular and he became one of Florence’s favorite artists. An Early Renaissance painter, Botticelli made lots of money by painting beautiful works of art for churches and homes of wealthy people.
    Pieter Bruegel was born sometime around 1527 near Antwerp, Belgium. Many experts think that Bruegel may have put important secret messages in some of his paintings. Sometimes these paintings included strange and frightening symbols and images. Buy Pieter Bruegel by Mike Venezia!
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    Alexander Calder was born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania, in 1898. He was best known for his moving sculptures, called mobiles. He usually made his mobiles out of abstract metal shapes and painted them with his favorite colors.
    Mary Cassatt was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, in 1844. She is known as a great female American artist, even though she spent most of her life living and painting in France. Mary Cassatt loved families and children. Her paintings and pastels of mothers with their babies are among her most famous works. Buy Mary Cassatt by Mike Venezia!
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    Paul Cézanne was born in the quiet southern French town of Aix-en Provence in 1839. To show his love for nature, he painted things in a way that had never been seen before. Paul Cézanne shocked people with his new ideas and changed the history of art forever!
    Marc Chagall was born in the Russian city of Vitebsk in 1887. He used memories of his childhood and images from his dreams to come up with a magical, beautiful, and sometimes very mysterious kind of art. Buy Marc Chagall by Mike Venezia!
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    A famous Renaissance artist, Leonardo Da Vinci was born in the small Italian town of Vinci in 1452. He became famous for of all the other things he could do. He was a sculptor, a scientist, an inventor, an architect, a musician, and a mathematician.
    Salvador Dali was born in Figueras, Spain, in 1904. He was one of the most famous and unusual artists of the 20th Century. His surrealistic paintings are filled with mysterious objects. Buy Salvador Dali by Mike Venezia!
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    Edgar Degas was born in Paris, France in 1834. One of his all-time favorite subjects was the ballet. He showed dancers warming up, stretching, talking to each other, and practicing their movements, which gave these paintings a very real and natural look.
    Eugene Delacroix was born near Paris, France in 1798. As a painter, Delacroix was known for his action-filled compositions, exciting brushwork, and daring colors. Buy Eugène Delacroix by Mike Venezia!
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    Demenikos Theotokopoulos was born on the Greek island of Crete in 1541. As a young man, he traveled to Italy to study the master artists there. Domenikos then traveled to Spain, where he created his greatest works of art. In Spain, Domenikos was nicknamed El Greco, which is Spanish for “the Greek”.
    Paul Gauguin was born in Paris, France, in 1848. He led an adventurous life, traveling all over the world to find just the right place to paint. He is probably known for his paintings of life on the faraway islands of the South Pacific. Buy Paul Gauguin by Mike Venezia!
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    Giotto di Bondone was born around 1266 in Florence, Italy. He painted religious stories too, but he began to put depth into his scenes so that things wouldn’t look so flat. He paid attention to the backgrounds, making buildings, forests, and mountains an important part of the picture.
    Francisco Goya was born in Fuendetodos, Spain, in 1746. He was one of Spain’s greatest artists and discovered new ways of painting that led to the exciting world of modern art. During is life, Goya painted portraits of the wealthy people in Spain’s royal court. Buy Francisco Goya by Mike Venezia!
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    Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1836. Winslow always tried to make his watercolors and oil paintings look as realistic and natural as possible. Many people think he is one of the greatest American artists ever.
    Edward Hopper was born in Nyack, New York, in 1882. He was one of America’s greatest artists, and was known as an American Realist painter. Edward Hopper painted the ordinary things he saw in America and made them special. Buy Edward Hopper by Mike Venezia!
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    Frida Kahlo was one of the greatest Mexican artists of the twentieth century. She was born in Coyoacan Mexico, in 1907. Frida grew up during the Mexican Revolution, an event that influenced her life and changed the art of Mexico forever.
    Paul Klee was born in Bern, Switzerland 1879. He was an important artist and very good musician, writer and teacher. He used all his talents to make a remarkable kind of modern art. It is called Expressionism. Buy Paul Klee by Mike Venezia!
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    Photographer Dorthea Lange was born in 1895 in Hoboken, New Jersey. She lived during one the unhappiest times in American history – the Great Depression. Dorthea’s photographs from that period are some of the best-known and most powerful pictures of the twentieth century.
    Jacob Lawrence, an acclaimed American artist, is known for his depiction of the history and everyday life experiences of African Americans. Buy Jacob Lawrence by Mike Venezia!
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    Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City in 1923. Along with a few other artists, he created Pop Art. His most famous paintings are pictures of ideas he got from bubble-gum wrappers, comic books, newspaper ads, and even the yellow pages of the phone book!
    Rene Magritte was born in Lessines, Belgium in 1898. Magritte created strange combinations of objects in his paintings that are unexpected, funny, and sometimes frightening. He was known as a surrealist. Buy René Magritte by Mike Venezia!
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    Henri Matisse was born in the north of France in 1869. He first got a degree in law and then decided to become an artist. Matisse was one of the founders of a type of art called Fauvism.
    Michelangelo Buonaratti was born near Florence, Italy, in 1475, during a time known as the Italian Renaissance. He was a very well known sculptor, painter, architect and poet. Buy Michelangelo by Mike Venezia!
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    Monet's parents did not want him to become an artist because they thought he would not make a good living. That did not stop him though. Even when he was young he was a very good artist, and started as a caricaturist. Eventually he became known as an Impressionist painter.
    Grandma Moses was born in 1860 on a farm in Greenwich, New York. Grandma Moses didn't start to paint seriously until she was almost 70 years old. At first, no one paid much attention to her pictures. But by the time she died, at the age of 101, she had become one of America's most famous and best-loved artists. Buy Grandma Moses by Mike Venezia!
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    Georgia O’Keeffe was born on her family’s large Wisconsin farm in 1887. Her clear, bright paintings show the beauty she found in the simple, natural things around her. Georgia loved to paint flowers, mountains, seashells, and even animal bones she found in the desert.
    Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain in 1881. He painted in many styles, including Cubism and Expressionism. He also sculpted. Some of his work was done in what is known as The Blue Period, and others were done in the Rose Period. Buy Picasso by Mike Venezia!
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    Horace Pippin was a self-taught artist with a natural talent for choosing beautiful colors, and for his composition skills. Even though he never even had one art lesson, Horace is considered to be one of America's greatest artists!
    Camille Pissarro was born in 1830 on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas. When he grew up, he moved to Paris, France. There he helped form a famous group of artists known as The Impressionists. Buy Camille Pissarro by Mike Venezia!
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    Jackson Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming, in 1912. Jackson is best known for the huge paintings he made by splattering, throwing, and dripping paint onto his canvases. Because he used so much energy while he painted, he called his style “Action Painting.”
    Raphael Sanzio was born in the beautiful town of Urbino, Italy, in 1483. Raphael became one of the greatest and best loved artists during a very important time in European history known as the High Renaissance. Throughout his life, Raphael painted pictures of religious events, people, and exciting legends. Buy Raphael by Mike Venezia!
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    Rembrandt lived and painted in Holland. He was born in 1606 and died in 1669. He was a painter, draughtsman and etcher. Rembrandt is known for his use of dark and light paints, which he used in his many, many pictures of bible stories and self-portraits.
    Frederic Remington was born in Canton, New York, in 1861. Even though he grew up and lived in the busy Eastern part of the United States, he is known for his exciting pictures of America’s Wild West. Buy Frederic Remington by Mike Venezia!
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    Pierre Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, France, in 1841. He helped invent Impressionism, one of the most popular styles of painting in the history of art. Renoir’s pictures are filled with warmth and happiness.
    Faith Ringgold is known for her paintings, prints, soft sculptures, and illustrated children's books. Her most famous works are her story quilts. With these amazing works of art, you not only get to see great pictures, but you can read about them at the same time! Buy Faith Ringgold by Mike Venezia!
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    Diego Rivera was born in 1886 in the Mexican town of Guanajuato. To make it easier for lots of people to see his artwork, Diego Rivera painted huge pictures called murals. He used a technique called fresco painting.
    Norman Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894. For more than sixty years, he painted familiar everyday scenes that people felt were part of their own lives. His most famous pictures are illustrations he made for books, advertisements, and especially, magazine covers. Buy Norman Rockwell by Mike Venezia!
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    Henri Rousseau was born in Laval, France in 1844. He created many powerful and mysterious works during his lifetime but he is best known for his child-like colorful 'Jungle Paintings' which were based on his dreams.
    Georges Seurat was born in Paris, France in 1859. He is best know for inventing Pointillism. Pointillism is a style of painting in which dots and touches of different colors are put together to be mixed by the eye of the observer. Buy Georges Seurat by Mike Venezia!
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    Titian was born in 1488 in Pieve di Cadore, Italy. Known as the Prince of Painters, Titian was much in demand by wealthy people for his amazingly realistic portraits and religious paintings.
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi, France in 1864. He is best known for the lively scenes he painted of theatres, dance halls, and circuses in the exciting city of Paris, France. Buy De Toulouse-Lautrec by Mike Venezia!
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    Van Gogh was born in Holland in 1853. Unlike most famous artists, Vincent didn’t decide to become a painter until he was all grown up. Maybe more than any other artist, Vincent van Gogh’s feelings came through in his paintings. His pictures seem alive with color and movement.
    Velázquez was born in Seville, Spain, in 1599. Velazquez had an amazing way of capturing the feelings of the people in his paintings. In his paintings, you not only see exactly how a person looked, but you can almost tell what they’re thinking. Buy Diego Velázquez by Mike Venezia!
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    Johannes Vermeer was born in Delft, Holland, in 1632. When you look at a Vermeer painting, it feels almost like you’re sharing a real moment with someone who lived in Holland more than 300 years ago! His beautiful lighting, use of perspective, and simple compositions make his paintings as close to perfect as possible.
    Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1928. He helped develop Pop Art, one of the best-known and most fun periods of Art ever! Andy was one of the few famous artists who became as popular as his artwork. Buy Andy Warhol by Mike Venezia!
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    James McNeill Whistler was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1834. Aside from being a great artist, Whistler was known for his clever sense of humor and flashy appearance.
    Grant Wood was born on a farm near the small town of Anamosa, Iowa, in 1891. By painting simple scenes of the land and people he knew best, he helped create an important, all-American style of Art called Regionalism. His most famous painting is “American Gothic”. Buy Grant Wood by Mike Venezia!
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