ART--- which artists were actually alive when they were famous?

I know a lot of artists in history didn't really become famous or noticed or gotten any credit for their work until after they died.

So who are some artists who were actually able to enjoy their fame and riches while they were still alive?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Some of the more modern artists who either have made a lot of money or become famous within the world of art (or both) during their lifetime: Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, David Hockney, William De Kooning, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Robert Rauschenberg, R.M. Fisher, Red Grooms, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Nevelson, Diego Riviera and a few others I've probably forgotten.

    Some of the older master include Toulouse-Lautrec, Dali, Michelangelo, Picasso, Rembrandt, Vuillard, Manet, Durer, Degas, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Monet, Giotto, Rubens, Miro, Raphael, Titan, Leonardo and Magritte.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes. riches...let me know when that happens.

    Here's the problem...In pioneer times-art was how people entertained themselves..Small girls did those beautiful embroideries..People did artwork for something to do..there was no TV. No radio....Since everyone did it--people would snicker "he thinks he can make a living at it." Then came the industrial revolution-art became mass produced....IN the 1960's we had a pretty big Renaissance-a lot of art fairs began-an artist could really make a great living...then the Gulf's become quite hard to make a living at it now.. It goes in waves--it'll float back the other way, again. But now would be nice.

    Making a living at being an artist-you have to be already inherently wealthy-darn inventive-or have a faithful patron.

    Off hand--Peter Paul Rubens. Picasso. Thomas Kincaid...just few.But Thomas Kincaid may not actually count-he's a better fit in the Con-Artist venue.

    Picasso-because he broke barriers-Cubism wasn't meant to hanging everyone living room--it was even done on just cardboard..and by a couple of artists-Picasso and George Braque-wondering ""What if" what if we drew all those planes that make up a face-what if?! It caught an art critic's eye-and that was that-Picasso began making money. Once he paid the milk man by giving him an etched plate--so the milk man got rich printing up as many as he wanted, too. I guess that's making money the old fashioned way.

    Myself? I wrestle with the indignities of making a living vs being an artist...and just so you know--I'm really quite good. it's the eternal question-needing supplies or food-yet if I work--I give up being an artist because the continuity and amount of finished art too far below what's needed to fill a can take a couple years to regroup..and I don't want to give up the one good thing I have left. Would you?

    I'll just go fill out my Publisher's Clearing House entry now...

  • 1 decade ago

    Its defnietly more of a myth that famous artists wernt known when they were alive. I have no idea when it really started, but I suspect it has alot to do with the Van Gogh story.

    Leonardo, michealangelo, rubens, Rembrandt, Monet, Dali, Picaso, Degas, David Jacques, Manet, Durer, Bottiicelli, Bourguereau, Carravagio, Giotto, Raphael, Titan, Norman Rockwell........ All these guys were wealthy, well off, and known for thier amazing skill and talents. Some even to the level of today's rockstars.

    What is true is that most artists usually start out poor before the get good enough at what they do to get really noticed. But thats the case with most professions, everyone has to "pay thier dues."

  • William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

    In his day, Bouguereau was a celebrated and commercially successful artist. He produced 826 paintings in all. His paintings are of children and realistic domestic scenes, also classic scenes like religion and myths. He showed the children with feelings of tenderness. He is known for using rich colors. His drawing and technical skills, as well as his understanding of composition, are awesome.

    Bouguereau was what is known as an "academic" artist who painted in the traditional way of the old masters. Academic art and its traditional ways have come to be ridiculed - as modern art got popular - for their portrayal of idealism, the insistence on high standards of technical skill and beauty, adherence to traditions, and depiction of sentimental subjects. Modern art did away with all these traditions.

    Since the 1960s Bouguereau has been totally ignored in art history classes and is not mentioned in encyclopedias. Lately you might see that "academic" or traditional realistic art that Bouguereau epitomizes is getting more popular and it is being taught again in some respected art schools.

    Source(s): Grove Dictionary of Art. Oxford University Press, 2007.
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  • 1 decade ago


    Rubens was really rich, Turner also.

    Michelangelo was also quite wealthy as it was Caravaggio (if I'm not mistaken). Another one was Titian.

    And of course that there are many artists nowadays who are getting good money from their art (also read hardwork) and are breathing quite well :-).

    Kind regards,


  • 4 years ago

    Def think Banksy and Koons will be remembered. They have a lot of talent and are original. On the other hand I don't think (and hope) that Hirst and Fairey will be remembered. Those two are a bunch of overrated, unoriginal hacks.

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