4 Legendary Artists Who Painted Portraits Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and Chuck Close. Rembrandt. Rembrandt was a Dutch painter born in 1606 in the Netherlands (Holland). He lived during the period of time known as the Baroque period (17 th century)
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This is one of Rembrandt’s most famous paintings, called “The Nightwatch”
Rembrandt painted self-portraits at various stages of his life. These are from his younger days.
This one was painted later, when he had become one of the most successful artists in Holland.
As he grew older, his career faltered and he had financial problems. His portraits show the strain.
In his thirties van Gogh began having mental problems. He suffered from depression and fits of rage. He may have had bipolar disorder. At times it got so bad that he had to be hospitalized for treatment.
During one particularly bad psychotic episode, Van Gogh went into a rage and cut off one of his ears with a razor
His mental problems became worse. At age 37 he shot himself in the chest and died the next day.
When she was young Kahlo was severely injured in a bus crash. Her back was broken and a piece of metal went through her groin. As a result she suffered severe pain
the rest of
her life and
Many of her paintings deal with the excruciating pain she often suffered.
Kahlo painted in a style called Surrealism, which uses dream-like, fantasy imagery.
Kahlo married the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. He appears in several of her paintings.
Kahlo often painted herself wearing traditional Mexican clothing and surrounded by things from her country.
Later, he began to use a grid to paint his portraits. Each square is like a miniature abstract painting.
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