5 Photos of Famous Artists in Color

Today we get to see 5 of the greatest artists to have lived in the photograph era, in color. Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Édouard Manet all made a huge impact on the art world with their style, and now, thanks to amazing colorizers, we get to see them in color. As well as this, there is also an interesting or strange fact against the artist.

Salvador Dali

Surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí, had a strange obsession with Hitler. He painted multiple paintings referencing the Fuhrer such as The Enigma of Adolf Hitler and Hitler Masturbating as well as claiming to have sexual dreams about Hitler “as other men dreamed about women”.

Color photo of Salvador Dali on a boat in New York in 1936
Color photograph of Salvador Dali, in New York on 7th December 1936. Colorization by Chris Mirzai

Andy Warhol

Pop artist, Andy Warhol, was once shot three times on the 3 June 1968 by a feminist named Valerie Solanas. He was seriously injured and at one point pronounced dead by surgeons before being revived and the effects of the attack were long-lasting; he had to wear a surgical corset for the rest of his life. In regards to the shooting, Warhol said: “Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it’s all television.”

Andy Warhol holding a paintbrush against his face in 1979
Color photo of Andy Warhol, American Pop Artist, best known for his paintings of cans of soup, in 1979. Colorization by RJM

Claude Monet

When the founder of the Impressionist movement, Claude Monet, was 28 years old, he suffered from depression as a result of frustration with the Académie and failing to provide for his family. Because of this, he decided to jump off of a bridge into the River Seine in the north of France. He survived the jump and went on to be very successful as a painter.

Claude Monet standing with his paintings of water lilies in 1923
Color photo of Claude Monet, French Impressionist painter, in c. 1923. Colorization by Dana R. Keller

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, whose full name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, was a painter who was prominent in the movements of Cubism and Surrealism. He used to always carry around a revolver that was filled with blanks which he would fire at people if they asked him the meaning of his paintings.

Color photo of Pablo Picasso holding a gun with a cigarette in his mouth
Color photo of Pablo Picasso wearing a hat and holding a revolver & holster given to him by Gary Cooper in Cannes, France in 1958. Colorization by Jecinci

Édouard Manet

Édouard Manet, Impressionist painter, died at the age of 51 on the 30 April 1883 as a result of syphilis. Towards the end of his life he suffered greatly because of the disease, and in the days before his death, he had to have his foot amputated because of gangrene caused by syphilis.

Edouard Manet posing for a photograph in a suit.
Color photo of French Impressionist painter, Edouard Manet. Colorization by Jecinci

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