David Hockney
David Hockney

In Brief
Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, 9 July 1937. Studied at Bradford College of Art, 1953-57, and Royal College of Art, London, 1959-62; then independent painter and photographer in London, and since 1964 in Los Angeles; taught at Maidstone College of Art...

Joan Miro
Joan Miro

In Brief
Born in Barcelona, 20 April 1893. Died in Palma de Majorca, 25 December 1983. Married Pilar Junicosa, 1929; one daughter. Attended school in Barcelona; studied under Modesto Urgell and Jose Pasco at the Escuela Oficial de Bellas Artes de la Lonja, B...

Botticelli
Botticelli

In Brief
Born Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi in Flornece, 1445. Died in Florence, 17 May 1510. Probably a pupil of Fra Filippo Lippi, 1465-67, and influenced by the Pollaiuoli brothers and Verrocchio; set up his own shop in Florence by 1470: many commissions...

William Blake
William Blake

In Brief
Born in London, 28 November 1757. Died in London, 12 August 1827. Married Catharine Boucher (Butcher), 1782. Pupil from age 10 at Henry Pars's school; apprenticed to engraver James Basire, London. 1772-79; studied at the R.A. schools while earning ...

Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse

In Brief
Born in Le Cateau-Cambresis. 31 December 1869. Died in Nice. 3 November 1954. Married Amelie Noemie Alexandrine Parayre 1898; one daughter, two sons. Attended schools in St. Quentin; studied Law at the Sorbonne, Paris, 1887-88, and worked as a lawy...