Post your crazy trivia about famous artists here!

Join 500,000+ Artists

Its' free and it takes less than 10 seconds!

Join the #1 Art Workshop - LevelUpJoin Premium Art Workshop

Results 1 to 28 of 28
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    2,105
    Thanks
    113
    Thanked 515 Times in 187 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0

    Post your crazy trivia about famous artists here!

    Ill go first.

    Caravaggio was a master, but one crazy violent mo-fo! I was just watching a documnetary on him, and apparently he used to get in streetfights all the time. He even killed a guy once. Apparently in a duel over some dame, he tried to cut the other guys balls off, but stabbed him in the groin instead and killed him.

    Then he was sent to Malta, having it off with a few of the Knights (he was bisexual) The Maltese Knights are said to have killed him in a conspiracy with the pope, because he was bringing art down to a more "earth" level, although they never found his body.

    Anyone else?

    [url=http://galleryonefone.blogspot.com[/url] This would be my gallery in Sweden

    This would be my Pleine Air blog
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    delaware
    Posts
    602
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Alphonse Mucha and JC Leyendecker roomed together when they attended school together in Paris.

    "Is Japan in the future?" Rob ( Co-worker)
    "Wait.. What?" Me
    " They are almost done tommorow and I haven't even started tommorow" Rob
    " They are called timezones Rob.."
    " Oh Yeah" Rob

    - SSGXXXVI - The Dirty Thirty Six -
    Unknown Epiphany EKU_11 Jska Frumious_Me
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Baltimore, MD
    Posts
    291
    Thanks
    44
    Thanked 52 Times in 22 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Some people say that Paul Gauguin was actually the one who cut off Van Gogh's ear. They were friends.

    Apparently Gauguin was the type of guy who liked to show off how good he was with a knife when he was drunk. The whole sending his ear to this girl was an afterthought or something.


    Euan Uglow was apparently a really intense guy. He once wanted to go swimming, but the lake (or outdoor pool, can't remember) was frozen over, so he cut a whole in the ice and dove in.

    Antonio Lopez Garcia's famous painting of an intersection in Barcelona(?) was done from life. Apparently one could walk down that street every single day and find Garcia in the median painting away at it. Surrounded by a huge crowd of people, of course.

    More on Uglow... this guy was nuts.

    The painting "The Diagonal" had a model in possibly the most uncomfortable position in art history (seriously). Uglow only works from life. Apparently Uglow made the model get into position and didn't even LOOK at her let alone paint her for the first hour. The model got to keep the chair in return, apparently. (I'd post a picture of the painting, but his work is really hard to find online)

    I guess the guy also fathered number of illigitimate children, (with his models, that is) since he took so long to complete his paintings.

    It's late though. I can't think of any more.

    Last edited by Gory; May 1st, 2006 at 04:15 AM.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    CT, USA
    Posts
    2,452
    Thanks
    110
    Thanked 1,082 Times in 231 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Picasso fathered a child at the age of 80.

    - Dan Dos Santos
    www.dandossantos.com
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    nyc
    Posts
    4,392
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 52 Times in 44 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Picassos the MAN!!!!! you go Pablo!

    Frank frazetta could have played professional baseball. Also, at one point in his career he wasnt able to get anywork. So, he changed his style and became super famous. Maybe, I should do that?@!

    Mainloop- man i must be dyslexic.. cuz i thought you asked how many people are on lsd

    SketchBook
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=237554
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    NewYork
    Posts
    1,407
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by timpaatkins
    bisexual) The Maltese Knights are said to have killed him in a conspiracy with the pope...
    Anyone else?
    That's still in question....the records are kinda unclear, but most sources say he died of a fever.


    "Alphonse Mucha and JC Leyendecker roomed together when they attended school together in Paris."

    This is always interesting..to see which artists hung out and stuff. Probably the high level of competition has something to do with how awesome they were. Edwin Austin Abbey and Sargent became good friends when they both started working on their murals. They might have even shared a giant studio for awhile to create these in Boston...I can't remember specifics.

    I think Sargent was also friendly with Sorolla, Zorn, Mancini and Boldini. I'm guessing through correspondence mostly...since they are all from different countries. I also think Nicolai Fechin and Dean Cornwell became friends.

    I believe I read that Robert Henri's (author of 'Art of Spirit') father murdered a man and their whole family moved and changed their names. 'Henri' is not his real name.

    ******************
    *:*www.scottaltmann.com*:*
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    275
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    um, too many funny stories (all almost certainly made up) to tell in Vasari's "Lives of the artists". for instance...

    on Filippo Lippi: " His lust was so violent that when it took hold of him he could never concentrate on his work. Because of this, when he was doing something for Cosimo de' Medici, Cosimo had him locked in so he wouldn't wander off.
    After he had been confined for a few days, Fra Filippo's amorous, or rather animal, instincts drove him one night to seize a pair of scissors, make a rope from his own bedsheets, and escape through a window to pursue his own pleasures for days on end!"

    on da Vinci: "Leonardo used to get the intestines of a bullock scraped completely free of their fat, cleaned and made so fine that they could be compressed into the palm of one hand; then he would fix one end of them to a pair of bellows lying in another room, and when they were inflated they filled the room in which they were, and forced anyone standing there into a corner"

    the old joker.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    NewYork
    Posts
    1,407
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    I think Gustav Klimt had around 16-22 people claiming to be his children....
    quite the ladies man supposedly

    Last edited by loomer; May 1st, 2006 at 04:10 PM.
    ******************
    *:*www.scottaltmann.com*:*
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    3,714
    Thanks
    160
    Thanked 849 Times in 162 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    I heard Scott Altmann maintatined dominance over the 13 polar bears he lived in close quarters with for the later years in his life by performing displays of "sexual dominance" over them, vigorously humping the largest of the lot in front of the others to maintain order.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    4,913
    Thanks
    130
    Thanked 200 Times in 123 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born in a very aristocratic french family. Probably because marriages between cousins were common in his family he had a genetic disorder, very weak bones and distorted body. in 12 fell and broke both his legs which stopped growing after that. Lived on Montmartre In Paris and was a very loved by his friends and not so by women. Spent most of time, I would even say most of his life in dance halls, circuses, racetracks, night clubs, brothels. Lived in the last ones for weeks, even getting his breakfast there and depicted in his pastels the most famous actresses, singers of the light genres, famous models, prostitutes, sportsmen and many other regulars in bohemian part of Paris. Was heavy drinker. Died being 37 years old. Great, very sensitive artist. Was friends with Vincent van Gogh, but 11 year younger than he. Was a wonderful cook and knew a lot about wines and culinary art.
    http://staratel.com/pictures/lotrek/pic1.htm

    Ilja Repin. Was always accurately dressed. Became a vegetarian under influence of his second wife. Did eat hay because there was a very popular theory in this time about wonderful healing qualities of it. Was capable to adore someones art for years, writing him wonderful letters, calling him a god and one day see some other artwork of this artist and starting to hate him.
    Was very honest. Once one high society dame came to him and asked his opinion about artistic talent of her little son. Repin was very suave (he liked to see new art always), readily agreed to look at the child drawings. The boy started to draw some animal outline and soon covered the paper with numerous figures which all looked exactly the same, always starting from the ear and finished with tail. Repin got all red in his face and screamed at the boy's mother: "Murderer".

    Last edited by sve; May 1st, 2006 at 09:02 PM.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  12. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    NewYork
    Posts
    1,407
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by strych9ine
    I heard Scott Altmann maintatined dominance over the 13 polar bears he lived in close quarters with for the later years in his life by performing displays of "sexual dominance" over them, vigorously humping the largest of the lot in front of the others to maintain order.
    Is that why you always wear that adorable polar bear costume every time I see you?

    ******************
    *:*www.scottaltmann.com*:*
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  13. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    3,714
    Thanks
    160
    Thanked 849 Times in 162 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Post your crazy trivia about famous artists here!

    You busy this weekend?

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  14. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    NewYork
    Posts
    1,407
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0


    ******************
    *:*www.scottaltmann.com*:*
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  15. #14
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Montreal
    Posts
    3,234
    Thanks
    860
    Thanked 847 Times in 457 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  16. #15
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    Posts
    2,250
    Thanks
    239
    Thanked 319 Times in 109 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by strych9ine
    I heard Scott Altmann maintatined dominance over the 13 polar bears he lived in close quarters with for the later years in his life by performing displays of "sexual dominance" over them, vigorously humping the largest of the lot in front of the others to maintain order.
    I hear that's how Jason controls the guys at Massive Black.



    0kelvin

    www.WhereIsMyEyeball.com My portfolio! Go check it out!
    Sketchbook
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  17. #16
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Right behind you!
    Posts
    755
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by qitsune
    I'm happy I'm not famous so ppl don't gossip about me.
    Qitsune, for the "Pink Palace" piece, wrote to over 1,500 furniture and building supplies asking for free samples. Qitsune told the donors they could then brag that their goods were in the outlandish pink mansion. The pitch worked, and Qitsine received over $150,000 worth of free merchandise.

    "You mean you don't make sound effects when you're painting?" -David Tillinghast
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  18. #17
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Hudson River valley, NY
    Posts
    16,212
    Thanks
    4,879
    Thanked 16,670 Times in 5,020 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    OMGCodyandScottareclosetfurries!!!!!!!


    Tristan Elwell
    **Finished Work Thread **Process Thread **Edges Tutorial

    Crash Course for Artists, Illustrators, and Cartoonists, NYC, the 2013 Edition!

    "Work is more fun than fun."
    -John Cale

    "Art is supposed to punch you in the brain, and it's supposed to stay punched."
    -Marc Maron
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  19. #18
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Philly PA
    Posts
    3,393
    Thanks
    108
    Thanked 1,475 Times in 469 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Antonio Lopez Garcia's famous painting of an intersection in Barcelona(?) was done from life. Apparently one could walk down that street every single day and find Garcia in the median painting away at it
    and he spent something like 9 years on it. it's a totally amazing painting.

    "Every little step considered one at a time is not terribly daunting" - Ethan Coen

    New books and process DVD available NOW!

    www.dvpalumbo.com

    Quickie blog (nudity)
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  20. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    1,661
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 10 Times in 8 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Bouguerea was only 4'11. He married once in his early 20's and had 3 children. His wife and 3 children all died within a few years of sickness. He never married again until he was 69 years old. He was the richest painter of his time (acummulating 2 million dollars in 1890, adjusting to inflation, would be like 500 millionaire).

    Lawrence Alma-Tadema was a little-known dutch painter. After adding "Alma" to his last name, it put his name at the top of gallery lists in aphabetical order, which made more people see his paintings. He was good friends with John Singer Sargent, and the two often painted portraits of each other. He married one of his students and had a couple daughters. One of his daughters became an accomplished painter herself. Tadema's wife and daughters are often seen in his paintings and modeled after them. A lot of Tadema's paintings re-use the same people, sometimes in the same pose.

    John Sargent never married, never was in a relationship with a woman. Rumored to be gay, but most likely wasn't. He may have been completely a-sexual. He was American, but only visited America twice, and was offered a knighthood in England but turned it down.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  21. #20
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    CT, USA
    Posts
    2,452
    Thanks
    110
    Thanked 1,082 Times in 231 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by ParkerD
    Rumored to be gay, but most likely wasn't.
    hmmmm....
    i'm not sure i would bet on that.
    Post your crazy trivia about famous artists here!

    - Dan Dos Santos
    www.dandossantos.com
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  22. #21
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    NewYork
    Posts
    1,407
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell
    OMGCodyandScottareclosetfurries!!!!!!!
    HAAAhaahAAA!! I mean..Oh crap...

    As for Sargent..i have this great little book Parker D, called
    "the Male Nudes" You can get it on Amazon I'm sure (only a few years old)
    Sargent was absolutely amazing at keeping his private life secret...especially for such a high profile figure. Maybe I am reading into it...but these drawings lead me to believe Sargent was anything but a-sexual.

    boug- 4'11"? - damn

    ******************
    *:*www.scottaltmann.com*:*
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  23. #22
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Austin TX
    Posts
    10,424
    Thanks
    2,061
    Thanked 11,065 Times in 2,618 Posts
    Follows
    2
    Following
    1
    matisse never made it through bouguereau's foundation program....something about not being able to draw well enough.

    LEVEL UP! - ConceptArt.Org online workshops are on sale- Join now and get 25% off!
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  24. #23
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    delaware
    Posts
    602
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Even if Sargent was gay he still owned with a brush and paints. Same with Leyendecker and a few other prominent artists.

    If i recall correctly..

    "Is Japan in the future?" Rob ( Co-worker)
    "Wait.. What?" Me
    " They are almost done tommorow and I haven't even started tommorow" Rob
    " They are called timezones Rob.."
    " Oh Yeah" Rob

    - SSGXXXVI - The Dirty Thirty Six -
    Unknown Epiphany EKU_11 Jska Frumious_Me
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  25. #24
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    1,958
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 10 Times in 8 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Madster is a actually a chick

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  26. #25
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    1,350
    Thanks
    17
    Thanked 120 Times in 71 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Madster is a actually a chick
    I'm still getting over that.

    My New Neglected Sketchbook
    You Ain't no Nina!.....

    "Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
    "My mind is made up. Don't confuse it with facts." -- Terence McKenna
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  27. #26
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    nyc
    Posts
    4,392
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 52 Times in 44 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Does anyone have a copy of that Antonio Lopez Garcia's painting we can see?

    Mainloop- man i must be dyslexic.. cuz i thought you asked how many people are on lsd

    SketchBook
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=237554
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  28. #27
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    900
    Thanks
    155
    Thanked 205 Times in 111 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Dunno if this counts as wierd trivia or not...

    Carel Fabritius was a fantastic and supposedly prolific painter... who might have had a heavy influence on the post-Rembrandt art scene in Europe... except that almost his entire body of work was destroyed in a warehouse fire. Today art history knows him from only 8 surviving paintings. Now that really sucks.

    "Change is a virtue my friend... if you want to escape, all you have to do is make up your mind."
    John Cale / Bob Neuwirth


    Here be SKETCHIES...

    www.ccthrom.com
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  29. #28
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    nyc
    Posts
    4,392
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 52 Times in 44 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Is this the painting you guys were talking about?

    Post your crazy trivia about famous artists here!

    Mainloop- man i must be dyslexic.. cuz i thought you asked how many people are on lsd

    SketchBook
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=237554
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

Members who have read this thread: 0

There are no members to list at the moment.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Register

Developed Actively by vBSocial.com
The Art Department
SpringOfSea's Sketchbook