The Most Famous

PAINTERS from Belarus

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This page contains a list of the greatest Belarusian Painters. The pantheon dataset contains 1,428 Painters, 4 of which were born in Belarus. This makes Belarus the birth place of the 33rd most number of Painters behind Croatia and India.

Top 4

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Belarusian Painters of all time. This list of famous Belarusian Painters is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)

With an HPI of 84.42, Marc Chagall is the most famous Belarusian Painter.  His biography has been translated into 76 different languages on wikipedia.

Marc Chagall (born Moishe Shagal; 6 July [O.S. 24 June] 1887 – 28 March 1985) was a Russian-French artist. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in a wide range of artistic formats, including painting, drawings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints. Born in modern-day Belarus, then part of the Russian Empire, he was of Belarusian Jewish origin. Before World War I, he travelled between Saint Petersburg, Paris, and Berlin. During this period he created his own mixture and style of modern art based on his idea of Eastern Europe and Jewish folk culture. He spent the wartime years in Soviet Belarus, becoming one of the country's most distinguished artists and a member of the modernist avant-garde, founding the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1923. Art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century" (though Chagall saw his work as "not the dream of one people but of all humanity"). According to art historian Michael J. Lewis, Chagall was considered to be "the last survivor of the first generation of European modernists". For decades, he "had also been respected as the world's pre-eminent Jewish artist". Using the medium of stained glass, he produced windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, windows for the UN and the Art Institute of Chicago and the Jerusalem Windows in Israel. He also did large-scale paintings, including part of the ceiling of the Paris Opéra. He had two basic reputations, writes Lewis: as a pioneer of modernism and as a major Jewish artist. He experienced modernism's "golden age" in Paris, where "he synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism, and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism". Yet throughout these phases of his style "he remained most emphatically a Jewish artist, whose work was one long dreamy reverie of life in his native village of Vitebsk." "When Matisse dies," Pablo Picasso remarked in the 1950s, "Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is".

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2. Chaim Soutine (1893 - 1943)

With an HPI of 73.84, Chaim Soutine is the 2nd most famous Belarusian Painter.  His biography has been translated into 37 different languages.

Chaïm Soutine (13 January 1893 – 9 August 1943) was a Belarussian painter who made a major contribution to the expressionist movement while living and working in Paris.Inspired by classic painting in the European tradition, exemplified by the works of Rembrandt, Chardin and Courbet, Soutine developed an individual style more concerned with shape, color, and texture over representation, which served as a bridge between more traditional approaches and the developing form of Abstract Expressionism.

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3. Léon Bakst (1866 - 1924)

With an HPI of 71.31, Léon Bakst is the 3rd most famous Belarusian Painter.  His biography has been translated into 38 different languages.

Léon Bakst (Russian: Леон (Лев) Николаевич Бакст, Leon (Lev) Nikolaevich Bakst) – born as Leyb-Khaim Izrailevich (later Samoylovich) Rosenberg, Лейб-Хаим Израилевич (Самойлович) Розенберг (27 January (8 February) 1866 – 28 December 1924) was a Russian painter and scene and costume designer of Belarusian origin. He was a member of the Sergei Diaghilev circle and the Ballets Russes, for which he designed exotic, richly coloured sets and costumes. He designed the décor for such productions as Carnaval (1910), Spectre de la rose (1911), Daphnis and Chloe (1912), The Sleeping Princess (1921) and others.

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4. January Suchodolski (1797 - 1875)

With an HPI of 62.92, January Suchodolski is the 4th most famous Belarusian Painter.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

January Suchodolski (Polish: [januˈarɨ suxɔˈdɔlski]; September 19, 1797 – March 20, 1875) was a Polish painter and Army officer, and a member of the Imperial Academy of Arts.

Pantheon has 4 people classified as painters born between 1797 and 1893. Of these 4, none of them are still alive today. The most famous deceased painters include Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine, and Léon Bakst. As of October 2020, 1 new painters have been added to Pantheon including January Suchodolski.

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Which Painters were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 4 most globally memorable Painters since 1700.