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British Painter, Photographer, and Sculptor

Movement: Surrealism

Born: December 1, 1899 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Died: November 7, 1991 - London, United Kingdom

Eileen Agar was one of the most adventurous and influential Surrealists in Britain, emphasizing the germinal power of the imagination.

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Irish Painter

Movement: Expressionism

Born: October 28, 1909 - Dublin, Ireland

Died: April 28, 1992 - Madrid, Spain

Francis Bacon was an Irish-born, English painter and one of the 20th century's most celebrated and controversial existentialist artists. Bacon favored dark subject matter, often painting slightly abstracted, biomorphic figures, with bodies contorted or in the throes of madness. Painterly themes of Bacon's include the crucifixion, isolation and the mind's fragility. Bacon was also one of the few English artists of any prominence in modern and contemporary circles during the better part of the 20th century. Expressionism Portraiture Erotic Art Abstraction British male european

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British Graffiti artist, political activist, and film director

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Born: c. 1965 - 1974 - Bristol, England

Banksy is a contemporary British Street/Graffiti artist who in recent years has received enormous attention for his politicized and guerilla-style wall murals and large installations. Banksy's style is characterized by its dark humor and an iconic stenciling technique.

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English Painter

Movements and Styles: The Bloomsbury Group Artists, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism

Born: May 30, 1879 - London, United Kingdom

Died: April 7, 1961 - Firle, United Kington

One of the most renowned artists of the Bloomsbury Group, Vanessa Bell was an innovative painter and interior designer. Rejecting the Victorian style of narrative painting and notions of ideal femininity, Bell used her personal life in her paintings to explore modern life.

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British Painter

Movement: Pop Art

Born: June 25, 1932 - Dartford, England

Peter Blake is a British Pop artist that has made many iconic images including the cover for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

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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.

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British Painter

Movement: Neo-Expressionism

Born: 1969 - London, England

Cecily Brown is a British painter, best known for her works that incorporate visual elements of figuration and abstraction into an explosive style that builds upon aspects of Willem de Kooning's practice.

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British Photographer

Movements and Styles: The Pre-Raphaelites, Pictorialism

Born: June 11th, 1815 - Calcutta, British India

Died: January 26th, 1879 - Kalutara, British Ceylon

Julia Margaret Cameron was a British photographer and one of the few female practicioners of the Pre-Raphaelite tradition.

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British Sculptor

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Born: 8 March 1924 - London, UK

Died: 23 October 2013 - London, UK

Caro's innovate and small-scale abstract sculptures were influenced by Henry Moore and David Smith.

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British Painter and Decorative Artist

Movement: Proto-Feminist Artists

Born: March 29, 1893 - Hereford, England

Died: March 11, 1932 - Newbury, England

Beyond her dramatic biography and personality, Carrington brought a unique blend of styles to her work, drawing from movements as disparate as Impressionism, Primitivism, and Surrealism. Her sensitive rendering of her subjects reveals an artist with a keen eye who made an unrivalled contribution to European art of the early twentieth century.

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British Painter

Movements and Styles: Surrealism, Proto-Feminist Artists

Born: April 6, 1917 - Clayton Green, Lancashire, England

Died: May 25, 2011 - Mexico City, Mexico

Leonora Carrington art is often dreamlike imagery with highly detailed compositions of fantastical creatures in otherworldly settings. Her themes of metamorphosis and magic, as well as its frequent whimsy, have given it an enduring appeal.

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American Painter

Movements and Styles: The Hudson River School, Romanticism

Born: May 4, 1826 - Hartford, CT, USA

Died: April 7, 1900 - New York City, NY, USA

Emphasizing natural light, Frederic Edwin Church painted detailed, romantic, and dramatic scenes of North and South America's wilderness.

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British-American Painter

Movements and Styles: The Hudson River School, Romanticism, Naturalism

Born: February 1, 1801 - Bolton-le-Moors, United Kingdom

Died: February 11, 1848 - Catskill, New York

Celebrating nature in all of its bounty, Thomas Cole is the founder of The Hudson River School of painting landscapes. Sometimes allegorical in nature, his works cast the American wilderness in a romantic light while bathing them in a 'celestial' glow.

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British Painter, Poet, and Novelist

Movement: Surrealism

Born: October 9, 1906 - Shillong, India

Died: April 11, 1988 - Lamorna, United Kingdom

Ithell Colquhoun sees the divine design in rock formations, tree stumps, and vegetables which she brings to life in her paintings.

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British Painter

Movement: Romanticism

Born: June 11, 1776 - East Bergholt, Suffolk, England

Died: March 31, 1837 - London, England

John Constable was an English Romantic painter chiefly known for his landscape paintings of the area surrounding his English home. His work remained largely unnoticed in England, but he was very influencial on the Barbizon School and the Impressionists in France.

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British Sculptor, Photographer, Painter, and Conceptual Artist

Movements and Styles: Young British Artists, Conceptual Art, Feminist Art, Body Art

Born: July 3, 1963 - London, UK

Tracey Emin is a British artist and a member of the famed YBA's (Young British Artists). She is best known for her provocative and sexually-charged works, often in the form of personal traumatic events exhibited in an unapologeticly and willfully to the public.

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British Sculptor

Movement: Modern Sculpture

Born: November 10, 1880 - New York City, New York

Died: August 19, 1959 - London England

Jacob Epstein was an American-born British sculptor who helped pioneer modern sculpture. He often produced controversial works, which challenged taboos on what was appropriate subject matter for public artworks. He also made paintings and drawings.

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British Painter

Movements and Styles: Expressionism, Neo-Expressionism, Realism, School of London

Born: December 8, 1922 - Berlin, Germany

Died: July 20, 2011 - London, England

Lucian Freud devoted himself almost entirely to portraiture, applying richer colors and impasto brushstrokes into his intense character studies.

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British Painter

Movements and Styles: Rococo, Realism, Romanticism

Born: May 14, 1727 - Sudbury, England

Died: August 2, 1788 - London, England

Thomas Gainsborough was an English portrait and landscape painter, as well as a founding member of the Royal Academy. Gainsborough's works were celebrated all over England; he was considered to be the preeminent British painter of his time.

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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.

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