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The first “fantastic” artist is generally said to be Hieronymus Bosch. Other painters who have been labeled fantastic include Bruegel, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Albrecht Dürer, Matthias Grünewald, Francisco de Goya, Gustave Moreau, Henry Fuseli, Arnold Böcklin, William Blake, Gustave Doré.

Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch was born Jheronimus (or Jeroen) van Aken. Records indicate that he was born in Breda, the Netherlands. Fewer than 25 paintings remain today that can be attributed to him. Philip II of Spain acquired many of Bosch’s paintings after the painter’s death; as a result, the Prado Museum in Madrid now owns several […]


Pieter Brueghel the Elder

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525 – 9 September 1569) was a Netherlandish Renaissance painter and printmaker known for his landscapes and peasant scenes (Genre Painting). He is sometimes referred to as “Peasant Bruegel” to distinguish him from other members of the Brueghel dynasty, but is also the one generally meant when the context does […]

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (also spelled Arcimboldi; 1527 – July 11, 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books. Tthat is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects […]

William Blake

William Blake

William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake’s work is now considered seminal in the history of both poetry and the visual arts. Once considered mad for his idiosyncratic views, Blake is highly regarded today for his expressiveness and creativity, as well as the philosophical and mystical undercurrents […]

Henry Fuseli

Henry Fuseli

Henry Fuseli (German: Johann Heinrich Füssli) (February 7, 1741 – April 17, 1825) was a British painter, draughtsman, and writer on art, of Swiss origin. Fuseli was born in Zürich, Switzerland, the second of eighteen children. His father was Johann Caspar Füssli, a painter of portraits and landscapes, and author of Lives of the Helvetic […]

Francisco de Goya

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (30 March 1746–16 April 1828) was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns. Goya was a court painter to the Spanish Crown, and through his works was both a commentator on and chronicler of his […]

Arnold Böcklin

Arnold Böcklin - self portrait

Arnold Böcklin (16 October 1827 – 16 January 1901) was a Swiss symbolist painter. He studied at Düsseldorf where he became a friend of Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach. Originally a landscape painter, his travels through Brussels, Zurich, Geneva and Rome, exposed him to classical and Renaissance art, and the Mediterranean landscape. These new influences brought allegorical and […]

Gustave Moreau

Gustave Moreau selfportrait

Gustave Moreau (6 April 1826 – 18 April 1898) was a French Symbolist painter whose main emphasis was the illustration of biblical and mythological figures. As a painter of literary ideas, Moreau appealed to the imaginations of some Symbolist writers and artists. Moreau was born in Paris. His father, Louis Jean Marie Moreau, was an […]

Gustave Doré

GustaveDore (photo: Felix_Nadar)

Gustave Doré was born in Strasbourg and his first illustrated story was published at the age of fifteen. His skill had manifested itself even earlier, however. At age five he had been a prodigy troublemaker, playing pranks that were mature beyond his years. Seven years later, he began carving in cement. Subsequently, as a young […]

John Martin

Martin was born near Hexham, Northumberland. He was apprenticed first to an heraldic coach painter in Newcastle, and then to a china painter with whom he came to London in 1806. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1811, and at the British Institution, where he won premiums in 1817 and 1821. He designed various […]

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