Most people thought that famous artists before have had such serious and intricate lives, but actually they’re just the same as each and every one of us, having interesting and weird experiences that make each one of us unique. Here are some random facts about the life, passion, and history of different artists:
1. Paul Cezanne
Paul was the illegitimate child born to a profitable merchant, Auguste Cezanne and his innocent young mistress, Anne-Elisabeth-Honorine Auburt. Paul Cezanne died on October 22, 1906 because of pneumonia and he was surrounded by crates of unsold paintings and unpaid bills.
2. Leonardo da Vinci
He was a vegetarian and an animal rights activist. In fact, Da Vinci would even buy caged birds just to set them free. Leonardo left less than 30 paintings which aren’t even finished; however, he also left hundreds of drawings, sketches, and pages of notes.
3. Salvador Dali
He believed that he was his dead brother’s reincarnation. In every one of his paintings, there is also a portrait or a silhouette of Dali. He produced over 1500 paintings which single handily kept the mainstream surrealist movement alive at his time.
4. John James Audubon
He painted 435 watercolors of birds in his lifetime. When Audubon moved to the United States in 1802, he fell in love with the birds and decided to make it as his life’s work which is to paint every single species of bird in America.
5. Edgar Degas
He was so fascinated with ballet dancers that he became obsessed with them and incorporated it in his art. Approximately, Degas made 1500 paintings, pastels, prints and drawings of ballet dancers.
6. Marcel Duchamp
He created art from everyday objects. By far the most famous example is his work called ‘Fountain’, which is no more than a urinal that he purchased. When the time came for it to be displayed at an art show, the people in charge of the exhibit had a rough debate and came up with the decision to hide the display from view.
7. Tim Knowles
He is a British artist who was fond of attaching pens to trees and lets the wind do the rest of the work.
8. Claude Monet
She had a father who disapproved his painting career and wanted him to be a grocer instead.
9. William Morris
He had a happy childhood and was spoiled by everyone. He was temperamental in a way that he would throw his dinner out of the window if he did not approve of the manner in which it had been prepared.
10. Pablo Picasso
His full name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso – 23 names. Also, Picasso first started to draw before he could even learn how to walk. His first word was the Spanish word for pencil.
11. Peter Paul Rubens
He was knighted by both Philip IV, King of Spain, and Charles I, King of England.
12. Andy Warhol
Warhol, during the end of the month, would seal a box and add a date to it to create “time capsules.” Some of those box items might include objects such as a mummified foot, Caroline Kennedy’s birthday cake, a 17th-century German book on wrestling and drawings of 1950’s icons such as Jean Harlow’s dress or Clark Gable’s boots.
13. Jackson Pollock
He often used cigarettes to paint his artworks.
14. Willard Wiga
He is an English artist who works between heartbeats so he doesn’t destroy the piece he is creating. He uses rice or grains of sand and a surgical blade to create his “micro sculptures.”