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 201,074 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Sigmar Polke is the 726th most popular painter (down from 716th in 2019), the 1,968th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,740th in 2019) and the 73rd most popular German Painter.

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Among painters, Sigmar Polke ranks 726 out of 1,428Before him are Antonio Vivarini, Arthur Rackham, Francesco Squarcione, Will Sampson, John Collier, and Sophie Gengembre Anderson. After him are Jean Malouel, Giovanna Garzoni, Sebastiaen Vrancx, Giovanni Pietro Bellori, Ni Zan, and Piero del Pollaiolo.

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Among people born in 1941, Sigmar Polke ranks 141Before him are Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, Mario Corso, Sergei Dovlatov, Beniamino Stella, Ghena Dimitrova, and Denys Arcand. After him are Sergio Oliva, Rosa Maria Sardà, Andrei Mironov, Charles Whitman, Myron Scholes, and Robert D. Putnam. Among people deceased in 2010, Sigmar Polke ranks 79Before him are Andor Lilienthal, Irvin Kershner, Satoshi Kon, Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, Eddie Fisher, and Ariel Ramírez. After him are Orlando Peçanha, Theo Albrecht, Robert Culp, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, Peter Graves, and Miguel Delibes.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Sigmar Polke ranks 1,968 out of 5,289Before him are Wilhelm Worringer (1881), Friedrich Anton Wilhelm Miquel (1811), Hans Schäfer (1927), Friedrich Christian, Margrave of Meissen (1893), Mesut Özil (1988), and Johannes R. Becher (1891). After him are Louis IV, Elector Palatine (1424), Princess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg (1780), Ludwig Börne (1786), Theo Albrecht (1922), Heinz Brandt (1907), and Johann Christoph Pepusch (1667).

Among PAINTERS In Germany

Among painters born in Germany, Sigmar Polke ranks 73Before him are Franz Anton Maulbertsch (1724), Walter Sickert (1860), Philipp Veit (1793), Jacob Philipp Hackert (1737), Heinrich Aldegrever (1502), and Ludolf Bakhuizen (1630). After him are Govert Flinck (1615), Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881), Abraham Mignon (1640), Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow (1789), Paul Renner (1878), and Ambrosius Holbein (1494).