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Artists who Died Young

Georges Seurat

A super-craftsman uses color to manipulate our emotions.

1859-1891

Amrita Sher-Gil

A woman brings Indian tradition into modernism

1913-1941

Antonio Sant'Elia

Prophet of the violent, industrial future

1888-1916

Hishida Shunsō

A quiet boy paints cats in a new style

1874-1911

Liubov Popova

We shall remake the world

1889-1924

Aubrey Beardsley

"If I am not grotesque I am nothing."

1872-1898

Paula Modersohn-Becker

Why do Expressionists die young?

1876-1907

Cristóbal Rojas Poleo

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

1857-1890

Raphael Sanzio

Star boy parties himself to death

1483-1520

Elisabetta Sirani

The mysterious death of a young art teacher

1638-1665

Umberto Boccioni

Why can’t I stop painting my mother?

1882-1916

Marie Bashkirtseff

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

1858-1884

Caravaggio

How a murderer invented Baroque painting

1571-1610

Olga Rozanova

The intellectual mother of Abstract Expressionism

1886-1918

Vincent Van Gogh

Eloquent writer forges new path in painting.

1853-1890

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Too many prostitutes and too much absinth.

1864-1901

Egon Schiele

Genius dead at 28

1890-1918

Giorgione

Rich color and mood like smooth syrup

1477-1510

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