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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 229,307 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Sigmar Polke is the 661st most popular painter (up from 725th in 2019), the 1,825th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,968th in 2019) and the 62nd most popular German Painter.

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Among painters, Sigmar Polke ranks 661 out of 1,421Before him are Francisco Herrera the Elder, Jean-Baptiste Isabey, Jean-Baptiste Regnault, Mikhail Nesterov, Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem, and Nicolas de Largillière. After him are Andrea Sacchi, Louis-Michel van Loo, Toyen, Nikolai Ge, Peter Nicolai Arbo, and Andrew Wyeth.

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Among people born in 1941, Sigmar Polke ranks 136Before him are Andrei Mironov, Charles Whitman, Sérgio Mendes, Jorge Solari, Gunpei Yokoi, and Hisao Kami. After him are Philippe Honoré, Paul Bremer, Maurice White, Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, Akiko Wakabayashi, and Harry Nilsson. Among people deceased in 2010, Sigmar Polke ranks 72Before him are Wolfgang Wagner, Carlos Andrés Pérez, Satoshi Kon, Alexander McQueen, Ariel Ramírez, and Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann. After him are Nicolas Hayek, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, Andor Lilienthal, Luis Corvalán, Malcolm McLaren, and Pierre Hadot.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Sigmar Polke ranks 1,825 out of 6,142Before him are Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (1730), William III, Landgrave of Thuringia (1425), Jenny-Wanda Barkmann (1922), Duchess Amalie in Bavaria (1865), Bruno Streckenbach (1902), and Karl-Adolf Hollidt (1891). After him are Frederick Louis, Prince of Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen (1746), Hans-Gert Pöttering (1945), Willi Hennig (1913), Erdoğan Atalay (1966), Caspar Friedrich Wolff (1735), and Georg Ratzinger (1924).

Among PAINTERS In Germany

Among painters born in Germany, Sigmar Polke ranks 62Before him are Albert Bierstadt (1830), Anton von Werner (1843), Oswald Achenbach (1827), Joachim von Sandrart (1606), Felix Nussbaum (1904), and Andreas Achenbach (1815). After him are Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (1751), Karl von Piloty (1826), Jacob Philipp Hackert (1737), Ludolf Bakhuizen (1630), Hans Richter (1888), and Charlotte Salomon (1917).