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Before the advent of photography, if you wanted a picture of something or someone, you had to draw it yourself -- or hire someone to do it for you. Artists (at least the good ones) could make a good living painting portraits, cityscapes, scenes of commoners, or still lifes; and also preserving for us the particulars of their lives, the styles of their clothes and houses and the details of their world. Here are some whose works have lived beyond their lifetimes.
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Jan Thomas van Ieperen

aka: Yperen
borndied
1617, Feb 51673, Sep 6
a Flemish Baroque painter and engraver active in Antwerp and at the Habsburg court in Vienna. In addition to large religious history paintings, Jan Thomas painted landscapes with mythological or pastoral figures and portraits. His style shows a close relationship to the work of Rubens, in particular Rubens’ later work which was sent directly to Spain. Aro...
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Philips Augustijn Immenraet

borndied
1627, Feb 211679, Sep 25
a Flemish landscape painter and engraver. While his landscapes are usually in the Italianate style he also painted wooded landscapes that are reminiscent of the works of Cornelis Huysmans and the "The Sonian Forest Painters" such as Jacques d'Arthois. Immenraet is regarded as a member the group of pseudo-classicist to which Huysmans also belonged. His landsc...
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Ingen Ryuki

aka: Yinyuan Longqi, Yin Yuan Long Qi
bornactivedied
1592, Dec 71620-16731673, May 19
a Chinese Linji Chán Buddhist monk, poet, and calligrapher. He is most known for founding the Obaku school of Zen Buddhism in Japan. Ingen's father disappeared when he was five. At age 20, while searching for him, Ingen arrived at Mount Putuo off Zhejiang province, where he served tea to monks. At 28, after the death of his mother, he was ordained as a monk...
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Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

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1780, Aug 291867, Jan 14
a French Neoclassical painter. Although he considered himself to be a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was Ingres's portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognized as his greatest legacy.
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Henry Inman

bornactivedied
1801, Oct 201821-18451846, Jan 17
an American portrait, genre, and landscape painter. He was the first vice president of the National Academy of Design. He excelled in portrait painting, but was less careful in genre pictures.
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George Inness

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1825, May 11894, Aug 3
an influential American landscape painter. His work was influenced, in turn, by that of the old masters, the Hudson River school, the Barbizon school, and, finally, by the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg, whose spiritualism found vivid expression in the work of Inness' maturity. Often called "the father of American landscape painting," Inness is best known fo...
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Joaquin Inza

aka: Inza y Ainsa
borndied
1736, Feb 51811, Feb 19
a Spanish Baroque painter. He primarily painted portraits, many of them confused with those of his countryman Francisco Goya due to their similar styles, making attributions tricky.
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Eugene Isabey

aka: Eugène
borndied
1803, Jul 221886, Apr 25
a French painter, draftsman, and printmaker. Early in his career his paintings consisted of mostly watercolor landscapes. In 1820, he travelled to Normandy and Britain painting land and seascapes. Isabey journeyed with the French Expedition to Algiers in 1830 as an illustrator. The expedition's paintings sold poorly on the market and encouraged him to switch...
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Jean-Baptiste Isabey

bornactivedied
1767, Apr 111786-18551855, Apr 18
a French painter born at Nancy. Employed at Versailles on portraits of the dukes of Angoulême and Berry, he was given a commission by the queen, which opens the long list of those he received from successive French rulers until his death in 1855.
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Adriaen Isenbrant

aka: Adrien, Isenbrant, Ysenbrant, Ysenbrandt, Hysebrant
borndied
1485 ca1551, Jul
a Flemish Northern Renaissance painter, who from documentary evidence was clearly a significant artist of his period, but to whom no specific works can be clearly documented. As hypothesised by art historians, he ran a large workshop specializing in religious subjects and devotional paintings, painting conservatively in the tradition of Early Netherlandish p...
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