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Artists who Died Young

GiorgionePortrait of Giorgione

Giorgione

Rich color and mood like smooth syrup

1477-1510
Raphael SanzioPortrait of Raphael Sanzio

Raphael Sanzio

Star boy parties himself to death

1483-1520
CaravaggioPortrait of Caravaggio

Caravaggio

How a murderer invented Baroque painting

1571-1610
Elisabetta SiraniPortrait of Elisabetta Sirani

Elisabetta Sirani

The mysterious death of a young art teacher

1638-1665
Marie BashkirtseffPortrait of Marie Bashkirtseff

Marie Bashkirtseff

"To live so filled with ambition, and at the end, oblivion!"

1858-1884
Cristóbal Rojas PoleoPortrait of Cristóbal Rojas Poleo

Cristóbal Rojas Poleo

A childhood introduction to death leads to success, at a price

1857-1890
Vincent Van GoghPortrait of Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

Eloquent writer forges new path in painting

1853-1890
Georges SeuratPortrait of Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat

A super-craftsman uses color to manipulate our emotions.

1859-1891
Aubrey BeardsleyPortrait of Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley

"If I am not grotesque I am nothing"

1872-1898
Henri de Toulouse-LautrecPortrait of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Too many prostitutes and too much absinth

1864-1901
Paula Modersohn-BeckerPortrait of Paula Modersohn-Becker

Paula Modersohn-Becker

Why do Expressionists die young?

1876-1907
Hishida ShunsōPortrait of Hishida Shunsō

Hishida Shunsō

A quiet boy paints cats in a new style

1874-1911
Antonio Sant'EliaPortrait of Antonio Sant'Elia

Antonio Sant'Elia

Prophet of the violent, industrial future

1888-1916
Umberto BoccioniPortrait of Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni

Why can’t I stop painting my mother?

1882-1916
Egon SchielePortrait of Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele

Genius dead at 28

1890-1918
Olga RozanovaPortrait of Olga Rozanova

Olga Rozanova

The intellectual mother of Abstract Expressionism

1886-1918
Liubov PopovaPortrait of Liubov Popova

Liubov Popova

We shall remake the world

1889-1924
Amrita Sher-GilPortrait of Amrita Sher-Gil

Amrita Sher-Gil

A woman brings Indian tradition into modernism

1913-1941
Lee Jung-seobPortrait of Lee Jung-seob

Lee Jung-seob

A life of longing

1916-1956
Eva HessePortrait of Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse

Living materials

1936-1970
Ülo Ilmar SoosterPortrait of Ülo Ilmar Sooster

Ülo Ilmar Sooster

A bad time to be an artist in the Baltics

1924-1970
Edward Saidi TingatingaPortrait of Edward Saidi Tingatinga

Edward Saidi Tingatinga

Father of a dynasty of Tanzanian painters

1932-1972
Robert SmithsonPortrait of Robert Smithson

Robert Smithson

Relationships with physical landscape

1938-1973
Tshibumba Kanda-MatuluPortrait of Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu

Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu

Who carries the memory of the people?

1947-1981

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