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  • Scott Adams Quotes (1957-)
    American cartoonist famous for his Dilbert comic strip which looks at life in the office.
  • Josef Albers Quotes + Paintings (1888-1976)
    German born abstract artist and teacher known for his homage to the square paintings.
  • Arman Quotes (1928-2005)
    French artist born Armand Fernandez, known for his works which group regular items together.
  • Jean Arp Quotes (1886-1966)
    German/French artist known for his whimsical paintings and sculptures, also known as Hans Arp.
  • Frank Auerbach Quotes (1931-)
    German born British artist known for his expressively painted impasto works and charcoal drawings.
  • Richard Avedon Quotes (1923-2004)
    American photographer known for his celebrity portraits and work in the fashion industry.
  • Francis Bacon Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1928-1992)
    Irish born British artist known for his violent portraits and troubled figures placed in stark environments.
  • Balthus Quotes (1908-2001)
    French artist known for his figurative works, especially very young girls in sexually suggestive poses.
  • Banksy Quotes (unknown)
    British graffiti artist a social activist blurring the lines between street art and fine art.
  • Georg Baselitz Quotes (1938-)
    Expressive German painter and sculptor known for his upside down paintings and large figurative work.
  • Jean Michel Basquiat Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1960-1988)
    Black American artist known for his graffiti inspired expressionist paintings of pop and life.
  • Joseph Beuys Quotes (1921-1986)
    German conceptual artist known for his installations, performance art and sculpture.
  • Sister Wendy Beckett Quotes (1930-)
    South African born English art historian raised in Scotland, known for her television series on art.
  • Max Beckmann Quotes (1884-1950)
    German expressionist painter and printmaker known for his bold, sometimes violent figurative works, associated with the New Objectivity movement.
  • William Blake Quotes (1757-1827)
    British visionary painter, printmaker and poet dealing with themes of life and things of a spiritual nature.
  • Pierre Bonnard Quotes (1867-1947)
    French Post-Impressionist painter and printmaker of domestic scenes and portraits.
  • Constantin Brancusi Quotes (1876-1957)
    Romanian born artist who produced some of the most influential sculpture of the 20th century.
  • Georges Braque Quotes (1882-1963)
    French painter and one of the central figures in the development of the Cubist art movement.
  • Andre Breton Quotes (1896-1966)
    French writer, poet and artist who authored the Surrealist Manifesto or Manifeste du surréalisme.
  • Eli Broad Quotes (1933-)
    Jewish American art collector, philanthropist and billionaire businessman based in California.
  • Bernard Buffet Quotes (1928-1999)
    Expressive French figurative painter and printmaker of a wide range of subjects.
  • Alexander Calder Quotes (1898-1976)
    American sculptor known for his whimsical wire sculptures and hanging mobiles.
  • Lewis Carroll Quotes (1832-1898)
    English writer and photographer famous for his 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' works.
  • Paul Cezanne Quotes (1839-1936)
    French Post Impressionist painter who influenced Cubism and many 20th century painters.
  • Marc Chagall Quotes (1887-1985)
    Russian born French Jewish painter of whimsical paintings, illustrations and prints.
  • Francesco Clemente Quotes (1952-)
    Naples born Italian artist employing a wide range of styles over a variety of topics.
  • Chuck Close Quotes (1940-)
    American artist famous for his oversized, realist portraits created using a grid system.
  • Gustave Courbet Quotes (1819-1877)
    French painter who rejected all forms of Romanticism to create Realist works reflecting real life.
  • Tony Cragg Quotes (1949-)
    British sculptor known for his large outdoor, site specific works and winner of the Turner Prize.
  • Robert Crumb Quotes (1943-)
    American cartoonist and comic book artist known for his crude and confronting characters.
  • Enzo Cucchi Quotes (1949-)
    Italian painter and important figure in the Italian Neo-expressionist art movement Transavanguardia.

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  • Salvador Dali Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1906-1989)
    Spanish Catalan Surrealist painter and sculptor known for his distorted and surreal imagery.
  • Leonardo da Vinci Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1452-1519)
    Italian Renaissance artist, painter, inventor, architect and creator of the Mona Lisa.
  • Jim Davis Quotes (1945-)
    American cartoonist and illustrator known for the wildly popular Garfield the cat character.
  • Giorgio de Chirico Quotes (1888-1978)
    Italian Metaphysical art painter who influenced the Surrealists of the 20th century.
  • Maurice de Vlaminck Quotes (1876-1958)
    Expressive French painter and central figure in the Fauve art movement of France.
  • Edgar Degas Quotes (1834-1917)
    French Impressionist painter and sculptor known for his nudes and ballerinas.
  • Willem de Kooning Quotes (1904-1997)
    Dutch American Abstract Expressionist painter known for his woman series and abstract works.
  • Richard Diebenkorn Quotes (1922-1993)
    California based American painter associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement.
  • Jim Dine Quotes (1935-)
    American painter, sculptor and printmaker using pop motifs but also looking inward.
  • Walt Disney Quotes (1901-1966)
    American cartoonist and businessman known for starting the Disney media and entertainment empire.
  • Otto Dix Quotes (1891-1969)
    Expressive German painter and printmaker depicting Weimar Germany and war time life.
  • William Dobell Quotes + Paintings (1899-1970)
    Australian portrait artist known for his controversial Archibald winning painting of Joshua Smith.
  • Peter Doig Quotes (1959-)
    Scottish painter based in Trinidad, famous for landscapes with figures and/or buildings in them.
  • Ken Done Quotes (1940-)
    Australian artist and designer known for his bold, colorful depictions of Sydney, coral reefs, and the beach.
  • Jean Dubuffet Quotes (1901-1985)
    French sculptor and painter central to the Art Brut art movement.
  • Marcel Duchamp Quotes (1887-1968)
    French artist known for his 'Nude Descending the Staircase' painting and a readymade urinal.
  • Marlene Dumas Quotes (1953-)
    South African born artist based in the Netherlands known for her erotic works.
  • Tracey Emin Quotes (1963-)
    British artist associated with the Britartists group or the Young British Artists group.
  • M.C. Escher Quotes (1898-1972)
    Dutch illustrator and printmaker known for his impossible realities and designs using repetitive patterns.
  • Lucian Freud Quotes + Paintings (1922-2011)
    German born British painter and printmaker known for his nudes and portraits.
  • Antoni Gaudi Quotes (1852-1926)
    Spanish Catalan architect of organic and distinctive buildings including the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona.
  • Paul Gauguin Quotes (1848-1903)
    Post-Impressionist French painter known for his bold figurative works including his Tahiti series.
  • Anne Geddes Quotes (1956-)
    Australian born photographer famous for her cute baby photographs.
  • Frank Gehry Quotes (1929-)
    Canadian born American architect and designer known for his curved buildings.
  • Alberto Giacometti Quotes (1901-1966)
    Swiss painter and sculptor know for his tall, thin sculptures of people and his multi layered paintings.
  • H.R. Giger Quotes (1940-2014)
    Swiss illustrator, designer and sculptor of surreal, alien-like figures and settings.
  • Gilbert & George Quotes (1943-) & (1942-)
    British artists Gilbert Prousch and George Passmore working together as a collaboration.
  • Antony Gormley Quotes (1950-)
    British sculptor working with the figure and how it relates to its environment.
  • Francisco Goya Quotes (1746-1828)
    Spanish painter and printmaker known for his dark and confronting images.
  • Clement Greenberg Quotes (1909-1994)
    American art critic and essayist who did much to promote the Abstract Expressionists.
  • Matt Groening Quotes (1954-)
    American cartoonist and creator of the wildly popular Simpsons cartoon series.
  • George Grosz Quotes (1893-1959)
    German painter of life during the Weimar Republic period in Germany.
  • Philip Guston Quotes (1913-1980)
    Canadian born American painter who successfully moved between figurative and abstract art.
  • Keith Haring Quotes (1958-1990)
    American urban artist known for his linear works inspired by graffiti.
  • Damien Hirst Quotes + Artworks (1965-)
    British artist associated with the YBAs or Young British Artists group, known for his shark in formaldehyde and spot paintings.
  • David Hockney Quotes (1937-)
    British painter and photographer known for his sun filled California works, portraits of friends, and bold landscapes.
  • Winslow Homer Quotes (1836-1910)
    American painter and printmaker known for his landscapes and scenes of early American life.
  • Hans Hofmann Quotes (1880-1966)
    German born American painter of mostly abstract works using bold colors and broad brushstrokes.
  • Edward Hopper Quotes (1882-1967)
    American painter and printmaker known for his realist scenes of American life.
  • Robert Hughes Quotes (1938-2012)
    Australian art critic and documentary maker who created the wildly successful 'The Shock of the New' series.
  • Jasper Johns Quotes (1930-)
    American Painter and printmaker known for his Pop inspired works like the American flag paintings and targets.
  • Donald Judd Quotes (1928-1994)
    American sculptor and installation artist known for large abstract works, associated with minimalism.
  • Frida Kahlo Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1907-1954)
    Mexican artist known for her brutally honest depictions of her self and her marriage to Diego Rivera.
  • Wassily Kandinsky Quotes (1866-1944)
    Russian painter and thinker famous for creating some of the first purely abstract paintings.
  • Bob Kane Quotes (1915-1998)
    American comic book artist and illustrator most famous for creating the superhero Batman character.
  • Anish Kapoor Quotes (1954-)
    Indian born British sculptor and installation artist of large contemporary sculptures and design.
  • Anselm Kiefer Quotes (1945-)
    German born painter and sculptor of large scale impastoed paintings, often with natural or made objects stuck to them.
  • Thomas Kinkade Quotes (1969-2012)
    American artist known for his mass produced prints of romanticized landscapes and patriotic images.
  • Martin Kippenberger Quotes (1953-1997)
    German artist who used a wide range of styles and media to convey his often provocative messages.
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Quotes (1880-1938)
    German expressionist painter and important figure in the Die Brücke art movement in Germany.
  • Paul Klee Quotes (1879-1940)
    Swiss painter, printmaker, and colorist who relied on lines and colors to convey his message.
  • Yves Klein Quotes (1928-1962)
    French artist known for his ultramarine blue works and was an important figure in the Nouveau réalisme movement.
  • Gustav Klimt Quotes (1862-1918)
    Austrian painter of high society portraits and nudes, associated with the Vienna Secession art movement.
  • Franz Kline Quotes (1910-1962)
    American painter known for his expressive white paintings with black calligraphic marks across them, associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement.
  • Jeff Koons Quotes (1955-)
    American sculptor and painter often employing assistants to create pop inspired, kitsch, highly finished artworks.
  • Lee Krasner Quotes (1908-1984)
    American painter associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement and married to painter Jackson Pollock.
  • Barbara Kruger Quotes (1945-)
    American artist known for her conceptual works using bold colors, words, and elements from print design.
  • Donald Kuspit Quotes (1935-)
    American art critic and poet widely published and influential.
  • Bill Leak Quotes (1956-)
    Australian editorial cartoonist and portrait painter who is regularly hung in the Archibald prize.
  • Fernand Leger Quotes (1881-1955)
    French artist who created bold Modernist works which used a lot of primary colors outlined in black.
  • Leonardo da Vinci Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1452-1519)
    Italian Renaissance artist, painter, inventor, architect and creator of the Mona Lisa.
  • Michael Leunig Quotes (1945-)
    Australian cartoonist and thinker who is not afraid to say the things that need to be said to an insane world.
  • Roy Lichtenstein Quotes (1923-1997)
    American painter and sculptor famous for his Pop Art work inspired by comic books.
  • Seth MacFarlane Quotes (1973-)
    American animator behind the Family Guy and American Dad cartoon programs.
  • August Macke Quotes (1887-1914)
    German painter and colorist associated with the Der Blaue Reiter art movement in Germany.
  • Rene Magritte Quotes (1898-1967)
    Belgian painter associated with the Surrealist movement, known for his trickery of the mind and eye.
  • Kasimir Malevich Quotes (1879-1935)
    Russian artist associated with the Suprematist art movement and famous for his Black Square painting.
  • Robert Mapplethorpe Quotes (1946-1989)
    American photographer most known for his black and white nudes, portraits, and still life photographs.
  • Marino Marini Quotes (1902-1980)
    Italian painter and sculptor famous for his depictions of the horse and rider.
  • Henri Matisse Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1869-1954)
    French painter, colorist and sculptor, Matisse was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
  • Michelangelo Quotes (1475-1564)
    Italian Renaissance painter and sculptor most famous for his sculpure of David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
  • Joan Miro Quotes (1893-1983)
    Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor and ceramic artist known for his bold, playful works.
  • Amedeo Modigliani Quotes (1884-1920)
    Italian sculptor and painter known for his portrait paintings and stylized sculptures.
  • Piet Mondrian Quotes (1906-1944)
    Dutch artist known for his abstract paintings and his association with the De Stijl art movement.
  • Claude Monet Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1840-1926)
    French painter and one of the central figures of the French Impressionist art movement.
  • Henry Moore Quotes (1898-1986)
    English sculptor known for his sculpural work which pushed the figure to almost complete abstraction.
  • Giorgio Morandi Quotes (1890-1964)
    Italian painter and printmaker known for his intimate still life paintings using a limited palette.
  • Robert Motherwell Quotes (1915-1991)
    American painter and printmaker of abstraction, associated with the New York School artists.
  • Edvard Munch Quotes (1863-1994)
    Norwegian painter and printmaker best known for his multiple versions of the Scream painting.
  • Alice Neel Quotes (1900-1984)
    American painter known for her portraiture and nudes.
  • Helmut Newton Quotes (1920-2004)
    German born photographer known for his fashion photography, celebrities, and nudes.
  • Isamu Noguchi Quotes (1904-1988)
    Japanese American sculptor, ceramicist and designer known for his biomorphic artwork.
  • Albert Oehlen Quotes (1954-)
    German painter working in a variety of styles and mediums, from figurative through to abstraction.
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Quotes (1887-1986)
    American painter known for her large flower paintings which were often erotically suggestive.
  • Claes Oldenburg Quotes (1929-)
    Swedish American sculptor known for his oversized representations of everyday objects and for his soft sculptures.
  • Nathan Oliveira Quotes (1928-2010)
    American painter loosely associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement, known for his portrayal of the human figure.
  • John Olsen Quotes (1928-)
    American painter and printmaker famous for his portrayal of the Australian landscape and life in Australia.
  • Jackson Pollock Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1912-1956)
    American artist associated with the Abstract Expressionist painters, known for his drip paintings.
  • Pablo Picasso Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1881-1973)
    Spanish painter, ceramicist, sculptor and printmaker known for his prodigious output and influence on the 20th century.
  • Richard Prince Quotes (1949-)
    American painter, photographer, and conceptual artist known for his nurse paintings, joke pictures, and copyright issues.
  • Robert Rauschenberg Quotes (1925-2008)
    American painter, printmaker, and assemblage artist known for his combine paintings.
  • Rembrandt Quotes + Paintings (1606-1669)
    Dutch painter and printmaker known for his revealing self portraits and scenes which included history, religion and everyday life.
  • Paula Rego Quotes (1935-)
    Portuguese English painter and printmaker known for her figurative work which deal with a variety of social issues.
  • Pierre Auguste Renoir Quotes (1841-1919)
    French painter associated with the Impressionist movement in France, known for his landscapes and rounded females.
  • Gerhard Richter Quotes (1932-)
    German painter associated with the New European Painting movement, known for his realist and abstract works.
  • Bridget Riley Quotes (1931-)
    British painter associated with the Op Art movement and known for her patterned abstracts which created optical illusions.
  • Diego Rivera Quotes (1886-1957)
    Mexican painter and muralist who was married to the artist Frida Kahlo.
  • Auguste Rodin Quotes (1840-1917)
    French sculptor thought of as the father of Modern sculpture, famous for works like the Thinker and the Kiss.
  • James Rosenquist Quotes (1933-)
    American painter and printmaker associated with the Pop Art movement known for his large billboard like paintings and murals.
  • Susan Rothenberg Quotes (1945-)
    American painter best known for her depiction of horses.
  • Mark Rothko Quotes (1903-1970)
    Russian American abstract painter known for his large abstract paintings which sought to evoke an emotional reaction.
  • Henri Rousseau Quotes (1844-1910)
    French painter famous for his naive depictions of jungles, animals and people.
  • Charles Saatchi Quotes (1943-)
    Iraqi British gallerist and art collector known for collecting the YBAs when they were still affordable.
  • David Salle Quotes (1952-)
    American painter and printmaker known for his works where images are placed beside and/or overlapping one another.
  • Jenny Saville Quotes (1970-)
    British figurative painter known for her large oversized nude women.
  • Egon Schiele Quotes (1890-1918)
    Austrian painter and draftsman known for his expressive drawings of nudes and portraits.
  • Julian Schnabel Quotes (1950-)
    American painter and film maker known for his smashed plate paintings and his film about Jean Michel Basquiat.
  • Charles M. Schulz Quotes (1922-2000)
    American cartoonist most famous for his Peanuts comic strip which had the Snoopy and Charlie Brown characters in it.
  • Richard Serra Quotes (1939-)
    American sculptor known for his large minimalist outdoor sculptures often made from massive curved pieces of rusted steel sheets.
  • Cindy Sherman Quotes (1954-)
    American photographer and film maker dealing with various social issues, particularly those dealing with women.
  • Jeffrey Smart Quotes (1921-2013)
    Australian painter known for his depictions of urban landscapes, often forboding and consisting of a single figure.
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Quotes (1864-1901)
    French painter and printmaker known for his Moulin Rouge prints and paintings of prostitutes and the nightlife of Montmartre, Paris.
  • Spencer Tunick Quotes (1967-)
    American photographer known for his staged events where nude masses are assembled and arranged to be photographed.
  • Cy Twombly Quotes (1928-2011)
    American painter and sculptor known for his abstract works, often with scribbles, scratches and marks done in a childlike manner.
  • Euan Uglow Quotes (1932-2000)
    British painter known for his meticulously observed paintings of the nude, still life, and portraits.
  • Vincent van Gogh Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1853-1890)
    Dutch painter associated with Post Impressionism who lived in obscurity but became very famous after his death.
  • Bill Viola Quotes (1951-)
    American video artist dealing with themes of life and death.
  • Maurice de Vlaminck Quotes (1876-1958)
    Expressive French painter and central figure in the Fauve art movement of France.
  • Andy Warhol Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1928-1987)
    American painter, illustrator, printmaker and film maker who was central to the Pop Art movement.
  • Ai Weiwei Quotes (1957-)
    Chinese conceptual artist and activist.
  • James Whistler Quotes (1834-1903)
    American British painter and printmaker known for his portraits and nightscapes.
  • Brett Whiteley Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1939-1992)
    Australian painter, printmaker, and sculptor known for his images of Sydney, interiors, portraits and nudes.
  • Fred Williams Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1927-1982)
    Australian painter and printmaker famous for his painterly depictions of the Australian landscape.
  • Grant Wood Quotes (1891-1942)
    American painter known for his rural scenes of the American countryside, with 'American Gothic' being his most famous work.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes (1867-1959)
    American architect and interior designer famous for buildings like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
  • Andrew Wyeth Quotes (1917-2009)
    American artist painting scenes of the US countryside and life in a realist manner, with a little suggestive drama thrown in.

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