Henry Fuseli

1741 - 1825

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Henry Fuseli ( FEW-zə-lee, few-ZEL-ee; German: Johann Heinrich Füssli [ˈjoːhan ˈhaɪ̯nʁɪç ˈfyːsli]; 7 February 1741 – 17 April 1825) was a Swiss painter, draughtsman, and writer on art who spent much of his life in Britain. Many of his works depict supernatural experiences, such as The Nightmare. He painted works for John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery and created his own "Milton Gallery". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry Fuseli has received more than 829,972 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Henry Fuseli is the 197th most popular painter (down from 173rd in 2019), the 53rd most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 42nd in 2019) and the 5th most popular Swiss Painter.

Henry Fuseli is most famous for his paintings of gothic and romantic themes, including "The Nightmare" and "The Demon Barber."

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Among painters, Henry Fuseli ranks 197 out of 2,023Before him are Helene Schjerfbeck, Giulio Romano, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Utamaro, Pieter de Hooch, and Pietro da Cortona. After him are Zdzisław Beksiński, Pisanello, Quentin Matsys, Francesco Guardi, Gerhard Richter, and Raoul Dufy.

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Among people born in 1741, Henry Fuseli ranks 4Before him are Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, Princess Isabella of Parma, and Angelica Kauffman. After him are Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Peter Simon Pallas, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Andrea Luchesi, Benedict Arnold, Jean-Antoine Houdon, André Grétry, and Johann Kaspar Lavater. Among people deceased in 1825, Henry Fuseli ranks 10Before him are Henri de Saint-Simon, Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria, Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies, Eli Whitney, Pauline Bonaparte, and Jean Paul. After him are Dmitry Bortniansky, Laskarina Bouboulina, Vivant Denon, Bernard Germain de Lacépède, Mikhail Miloradovich, and Franz-Joseph Müller von Reichenstein.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Henry Fuseli ranks 53 out of 1,015Before him are Benjamin Constant (1767), Auguste Piccard (1884), Johannes Itten (1888), Robert Walser (1878), Hans Albert Einstein (1904), and Niklaus Wirth (1934). After him are Johann Jakob Balmer (1825), Gabriel Cramer (1704), Albert I of Germany (1255), Michel Mayor (1942), Aga Khan IV (1936), and Paul Hermann Müller (1899).

Among PAINTERS In Switzerland

Among painters born in Switzerland, Henry Fuseli ranks 5Before him are Paul Klee (1879), Arnold Böcklin (1827), Angelica Kauffman (1741), and Johannes Itten (1888). After him are H. R. Giger (1940), Ferdinand Hodler (1853), Félix Vallotton (1865), Albert Anker (1831), Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702), Matthäus Merian (1593), and Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889).