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Below are biographies and analysis of the works of the modern artists that have particularly deep religious, spiritual, and ideological basis for a significant part of their work.

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Religious Artists: 16 of 355 Total Artists

English Poet, Painter, and Printmaker

Movement: Romanticism

Born: November 28, 1757 - London, United Kingdom

Died: August 12, 1827 - Westminster, United Kingdom

William Blake was an English painter and poet who was very influential during the late-eighteenth-century Romantic Age of poetry and the visual arts.


Italian Painter

Movement: Mannerism

Born: September 29, 1571 - Caravaggio, Lombardy

Died: July 18, 1610 - Porto Ercole, Lombardy

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian Late Renaissance painter who is considered a master of chiaroscuro. He is known for his hot temper and for making powerful portraits and religious scenes.


French-Russian Draftsman, Painter, and Printmaker

Movements and Styles: Expressionism, Cubism

Born: July 7, 1887 - Vitebsk, Russian Empire (present day Belarus)

Died: March 28, 1985 - Saint-Paul, France

Marc Chagall was a Russian-born, Jewish-French artist that reached great popularity during the 20th century. Although his art is associated with several movements, Chagall is commonly grouped in with the German Expressionists. Much of his early work was credited with synthesizing visual elements of Cubism, Symbolism and Fauvism.


Greek-Spanish Painter, Sculptor, and Architect

Movement: Mannerism

Born: October 1, 1541 - Crete, Greece

Died: April 7, 1614 - Toledo, Spain

El Greco was a master artist who employed highly expressive techniques and elongated figures that both confounded his contemporaries and influenced later movements such as Expressionism and Cubism.


German Painter

Movement: Romanticism

Born: September 5, 1774 - Greifswald, Swedish Pomerania (present day Germany)

Died: May 7, 1840 - Dresden, Germany

Friedrich was a German Romantic landscape painter, and considered by many academics to be the finest German painter of his time. Like his contemporaries JMW Turner and John Constable, Friedrich's paintings portrayed the awesome power of nature with sublime, divine presence.


Catalan Architect and Designer

Movements and Styles: Art Nouveau, Modern Architecture

Born: June 25, 1852 - Reus, Catalonia, Spain

Died: June 10, 1926 - Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Antoni Gaudí was the most popular representative of the Catalan Modernista movement, which combined elements of Art Nouveau, Japonism, Gothic design, and geometric forms. Gaudi's design style has been referred to as "global," indicating a profound attention to every detail of his work, from a building's structure and placement down to its smallest decorative details. Gaudi's masterpiece is the Sagrada Familia, a distinctly modern church in Barcelona.Modern Architecture Modern Design Art Nouveau Religious Art Spanish


French Draftsman, Painter, Printmaker, and Sculptor

Movements and Styles: Post-Impressionism, Symbolism

Born: June 7, 1848 - Paris, France

Died: May 8, 1903 - Atuona, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

Paul Gauguin was a French Post-Impressionist artist who employed color fields and painterly strokes in his work. He is best known for his primitivist depictions of native life in Tahiti and Polynesia.


British Sculptors, Photographers, Digital, Performance, and Conceptual Artists

Movements and Styles: Performance Art, Conceptual Art, Modern Photography, Pop Art, Digital Art

Born: Gilbert: September 17th, 1943 - Dolomites, Italy
           George: January 8th, 1942 - Devon, England

Gilbert and George are a British artistic duo, best known for their provocative and conceptualist public stagings, and the idiosyncratic manner in which they conduct themselves.


Russian Painter, Writer, Set and Costume Designer, and Illustrator

Movements and Styles: Rayonism, Russian Futurism, Performance Art, Proto-Feminist Artists

Born: June 21, 1881 - Nagaevo, Tula Province, Russia

Died: October 17, 1962 - Paris, France

Goncharova was part of the Russian avant garde generation involved in a relentless exploration of different visual styles. She also co-founded Rayonism with her life partner Mikhail Larionov.


Russian Painter, Typographer, and Designer

Movements and Styles: Suprematism, Constructivism

Born: November 23, 1890 - Pochinok, Russian Empire

Died: December 30, 1941 - Moscow, Soviet Union

El Lissitzky was a Russian avant-garde painter, photographer, architect and designer. Along with his mentor Kazimir Malevich, Lissitzky helped found Suprematism. His art often employed the use of clean lines and simple geometric forms, and expressed a fascination with Jewish culture. Lissitzky was also a major influence on the Bauhaus school of artists and the Constructivist movement.

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Dutch Painter

Movements and Styles: De Stijl, Neo-Plasticism

Born: March 7, 1872 - Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Died: February 1, 1944 - New York, New York

Piet Mondrian, a founding member of the De Stijl movement, was a Dutch modern artist who used grids, perpendicular lines, and the three primary colors in what he deemed "Neoplastic" painting.


French Painter

Movement: Symbolism

Born: April 6, 1826 - Paris, France

Died: April 18, 1898 - Paris, France

Gustave Moreau was the quintessential French Symbolist painter who depicted narrative moments and figures from classical mythology and biblical history.


American Painter

Movements and Styles: Romanticism, Tonalism, Symbolism

Born: March 20, 1847 - New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

Died: March 28, 1917 - New York City, New York, USA

The legendary and enigmatic American Romanticist, Ryder's forms evoked moods that drew him towards abstract fields of dense, muted color.


Spanish Painter

Movement: Baroque

Born: June 6, 1599 - Seville, Spain

Died: August 6, 1660 - Madrid, Spain

The Spanish legend Diego Velazquez was one of the leading figures in the Baroque period. Known as a master of detail and light, Velazquez's work has been a significant influence on generations of artists and movements, from Realism to Surrealism.


American Painter, Draftsman, Filmmaker, and Printmaker

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, Video Art, Postmodernism

Born: August 6, 1928 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Died: February 22, 1987 - New York, New York

Andy Warhol was an American Pop artist best known for his prints and paintings of consumer goods, celebrities, and photographed disasters. One of the most famous and influential artists of the 1960s, he pioneered compositions and techniques that emphasized repetition and the mechanization of art.


Russian-American Painter, Printmaker, and Sculptor

Movements and Styles: Cubism, Early American Modernism

Born: April 18, 1881 - Bialystok, Russia (present-day Poland)

Died: October 4, 1961 - Great Neck, New York

Max Weber was taught in the tradition of the French modernists, such as Matisse, Rousseau and Picassoand became a fairly well-known Cubist painter in before The Armory Show, helping introduce the painterly style to the United States.

Religious Artists: 16 of 355 Total Artists

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