Sigmar Polke

1941 - 2010

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Sigmar Polke (13 February 1941 – 10 June 2010) was a German painter and photographer. Polke experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sigmar Polke has received more than 257,568 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Sigmar Polke is the 829th most popular painter (down from 658th in 2019), the 2,287th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,823rd in 2019) and the 77th most popular German Painter.

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Among painters, Sigmar Polke ranks 829 out of 2,023Before him are Vladimir Borovikovsky, Michiel Coxie, Nuno Gonçalves, Cassandre, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, and Luis Ricardo Falero. After him are Ferrer Bassa, Jean François de Troy, Louis Anquetin, Peter Snayers, Franz Anton Maulbertsch, and Jean Fautrier.

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Among people born in 1941, Sigmar Polke ranks 161Before him are Paavo Lipponen, Bruce Nauman, Luis Alberto Lacalle, Eleni Karaindrou, Andrés García, and Beniamino Stella. After him are Richard Holbrooke, Maurice White, Reine Wisell, Aldrich Ames, Robert Guéï, and Na Moon-hee. Among people deceased in 2010, Sigmar Polke ranks 95Before him are Vladislav Ardzinba, Ziba Ganiyeva, Bella Akhmadulina, Martin Sandberger, Andor Lilienthal, and Eddie Fisher. After him are Lynn Redgrave, Richard Holbrooke, Cécile Aubry, Philippa Foot, Orlando Peçanha, and Erich Segal.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Sigmar Polke ranks 2,287 out of 7,253Before him are Wilhelm Souchon (1864), Ernst von Salomon (1902), Ferdinand von Bredow (1884), Karl Ernst (1904), Helmold (1120), and George Mountbatten, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven (1892). After him are Prince George William of Hesse-Darmstadt (1722), Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut (1772), Peter Ernst I von Mansfeld-Vorderort (1517), Julius Benedict (1804), Tielman Susato (1500), and Ernest Louis, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (1667).

Among PAINTERS In Germany

Among painters born in Germany, Sigmar Polke ranks 77Before him are Peter Lely (1618), Walter Sickert (1860), Hans Richter (1888), Jacob Philipp Hackert (1737), Heinrich Aldegrever (1502), and Franz von Lenbach (1836). After him are Franz Anton Maulbertsch (1724), Wols (1913), Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881), Johann Liss (1597), Hans von Kulmbach (1476), and Louise Catherine Breslau (1856).