I don’t know about you, but little facts and trivia about artists make them seem more human to me. Here are some of the more interesting things I have found.
DaVinci became a vegetarian for moral reasons. He even bought caged birds at outdoor markets and set them free.
Caravaggio murdered a man, fled Rome and eventually ended up in Malta, where he was knighted.
The Pieta is the only work Michelangelo ever signed. While delivering it, he overheard someone say he couldn’t have done that – he was too young. He went back that night and signed it. He was 23.
Rembrandt filed for bankrupcy.
Picasso had his first artshow at age 13 – showing paintings in the back of an umbrella store. In his 90th year, he produced 200 paintings.
Duchamp deliberately accumulated dust to use in his artwork. He also perffected a system of winning at roulette and was on the French team at the International Chess Olympiads. He eventually married Matisse’s ex-wife.
Matisse’s painting LeBateau hung upside down for 46 days at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Paul Gaugin worked on the Panama Canal.
Rodin died of frostbite.
George Braque was the first living artist to be exhibited at The Louvre.
There is a silhouette or a self portrait of Dali in all his paintings.
It is said Da Vinci invented high heels.
Anything you want to add?
Oh what fun facts Vickie. And I did not know a single one of them! Personally I think I must be a distant relative of Duchamp – that must explain the proliferation of dust around here. 😉
This was a fun read! And I don’t think I knew any of these- what a terrible artist I am, oh my. I even went to the Dali museum in Spain and didn’t realize there was a self portrait in each of his paintings. I might need to go back and look at the book I got.
Funny Deborah – i read where Duchamp let it collect up to 2 inches! Sue – I didn’t know that either, but I read it in two different places. He also had a brother that die before he was born and he was named Salvador too – and Dali’ thought he was his reincarnated brother. I find alot of this crazy information in children’s books!
What a hoot! Didin’t learn any of that in art school 🙂
Love your fun facts. It’s always interesting to learn more about amazing artists!
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