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Pierre Soulages

1919 - 2022

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Pierre Jean Louis Germain Soulages (French: [sulaʒ]; 24 December 1919 – 25 October 2022) was a French painter, printmaker, and sculptor. In 2014, President François Hollande of France described him as "the world's greatest living artist." His works are held by leading museums of the world, and there is a museum dedicated to his art in his hometown of Rodez. Soulages is known as "the painter of black", owing to his interest in the colour "both as a colour and a non-colour. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre Soulages has received more than 368,410 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Pierre Soulages is the 765th most popular painter (up from 774th in 2019), the 2,265th most popular biography from France (down from 2,210th in 2019) and the 137th most popular French Painter.

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Among painters, Pierre Soulages ranks 765 out of 1,421Before him are Jean Fautrier, Moritz von Schwind, Spinello Aretino, Zurab Tsereteli, Jules Breton, and Maximilien Luce. After him are Vladimir Borovikovsky, Andrea Schiavone, Jan van der Heyden, Francesco Botticini, Franz von Lenbach, and George Stubbs.

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Among people born in 1919, Pierre Soulages ranks 88Before him are Joop den Uyl, P. F. Strawson, Ginette Neveu, Margaret Burbidge, Hermann Gmeiner, and Uta Hagen. After him are Janko Bobetko, José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez, Mitja Ribičič, Ferdinand Kübler, J. Presper Eckert, and Marina Ginestà. Among people deceased in 2022, Pierre Soulages ranks 128Before him are Michel Bouquet, Olavo de Carvalho, Eduard Kukan, Leonel Sánchez, Gal Costa, and Ronnie Spector. After him are Jürgen Grabowski, Alain Tanner, Mario Terán, Coolio, Douglas Trumbull, and Sally Kellerman.

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In France

Among people born in France, Pierre Soulages ranks 2,265 out of 6,011Before him are Maximilien Luce (1858), Thomas Piketty (1971), Michel Leiris (1901), Étienne Charles de Loménie de Brienne (1727), Auguste Charlois (1864), and Nominoe (800). After him are Joan, Duchess of Brittany (1324), Pierre Lemaitre (1951), Gaston III, Count of Foix (1331), Alphonse Pyramus de Candolle (1806), Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne (1724), and Eustache Deschamps (1346).

Among PAINTERS In France

Among painters born in France, Pierre Soulages ranks 137Before him are Carle Vernet (1758), Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686), Léon Cogniet (1794), Jean Fautrier (1898), Jules Breton (1827), and Maximilien Luce (1858). After him are Victorine Meurent (1844), Jean-Paul Laurens (1838), Roman Opałka (1931), Sébastien Bourdon (1616), Marie-Guillemine Benoist (1768), and Nicolas Lancret (1690).