BIOGRAPHICAL DATA ON VISUAL ARTISTS //

This is a research guide for finding biographical information on visual artists in the Greenfield Library at the University of the Arts®. Artists is a broad topic that may include painters, illustrators, sculptors, printmakers, designers, architects, etc.

The first place to look when beginning research on a topic is in reference material: specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias or handbooks. These allow you to check names, dates and places, find additional information, look up unknown terms, and check for the proper spelling of words. They are particularly helpful for finding basic background information on a topic, and are often the only place many students may need to look to find answers to their questions.

Be aware that reference books on artists may be limited to a specific gender, time period, country or race. Also, always check the publication date against the birth date of the person you are researching.


PAINTING, SCULPTURE, GRAPHIC ARTS

A biographical dictionary of artists. Rev. ed. Facts on File, c1995. REF N40 .B53 1995
includes architecture

Dictionary of artists [Benezit]. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2007. Available online!

Historical dictionary of Renaissance art. Scarecrow Press, 2008. REF N6370 .Z57 2008

Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press, 2007- . [Includes The Oxford companion to Western art. Oxford University Press, 2004- ].
includes architecture

The Oxford companion to Western art. Oxford University Press, 2001. REF N33 .O923 2001

The Oxford dictionary of art. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press, 2004. REF N33 .O93 1997

The Oxford dictionary of art and artists. 4th ed. Oxford University Press, 2009. REF N33 .O93 2009

The Random House dictionary of art and artists. 1st American ed. Random House, c1988. REF N33 .A17 1990

The Thames and Hudson dictionary of art and artists. Rev., expanded and updated ed. Thames and Hudson, 1988, c1985. REF N31 .T4 1988

The Yale dictionary of art and artists. Yale University Press, c2000. REF N33 .L353 2000


20th CENTURY

Contemporary artists. St. James Press 1st - 5th eds. 1977, 1989, 1996, 2002. REF N6490 .C6567

A dictionary of twentieth-century art. Oxford University Press, 1998. REF N6490 .C5317 1998

The dictionary of the avant-gardes. Routledge, 2001. REF NX456 .K67 2001

Lives of the great modern artists. Rev. and expanded ed. Thames & Hudson, 2009. REF N6489 .L83 2009

Modern Chinese artists: a biographical dictionary. University of California Press, c2006. REF N7348 .S85 2006

The Oxford companion to twentieth-century art. Oxford University Press, 1988, c1981. REF N6490 .O94 1988

The Prestel dictionary of art and artists of the 20th century.Prestel, c2000. REF N33 .P74 2000

World artists, 1950-1980: an H.W. Wilson biographical dictionary. H.W. Wilson, 1984.
REF N6489 .M37 1984
World artists 1980-1990: an H.W. Wilson biographical dictionary. H.W. Wilson, 1991. REF N6489 .W67 1991



WOMEN

A to Z of American women in the visual arts. Facts on File, c2002. REF N6505 .K59 2002

A biographical dictionary of women artists in Europe and America since 1850. University of Pennsylvania Press, c1989. REF N6757 .D86 1990

Contemporary women artists. St. James Press, c1999. REF N8354 .C66 1999

Dictionary of women artists. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997. REF N8354 .D53 1997 v. 1-2

Dictionary of women artists: an international dictionary of women artists born before 1900. G.K. Hall, c1985.
REF N43 .P47 1985 (also copy in open stacks)

The international dictionary of women workers in the decorative arts: a historical survey from the distant past to the early decades of the Twentieth Century. Scarecrow Press, 1981. REF HD6069 .P7

North American women artists of the twentieth century: a biographical dictionary. Garland, 1995. REF N6503 .N67 1995

Women artists in the 20th and 21st century. Taschen, c2001. REF N8354 .W653 2001


AMERICAN

The biographical directory of Native American painters. SIR Publications c1995. REF ND203 .L47 1995

Dictionary of American painters, sculptors & engravers. 2nd newly-rev., enl., and updated ed. Apollo, c1986. REF N6536 .F5 1986

The illustrated biographical encyclopedia of artists of the American West. 1st ed. Doubleday, 1976. REF N8214.5.U6 S25

The Oxford dictionary of American art and artists. Oxford University Press, 2007. REF N6505 .M59 2007


BIBLIOGRAPHIES

A good bibliography leads you to writings about an artist or topic, thus saving you time. Again, always check the year written and the scope. Bibliographies may appear in book form, or at the end of a journal article or encyclopedia entry.

SELECTED EXAMPLES:
Pyle, Howard. Howard Pyle: his life--his work: a comprehensive bibliography and pictorial record of Howard Pyle: illustrator, author, teacher, father of American illustration, America's foremost illustrator.
1st ed. Oak Knoll Press ; Wilmington, Del.: Delaware Art Museum, 2004.
REF Z8720 .P954 2004 v.1-2

Freitag, Wolfgang M. Art books: a basic bibliography of monographs on artists. 2nd ed. Garland Pub., 1997.
REF Z5938 .F73 1997

Puniello, Francoise S. Abstract expressionist women painters: an annotated bibliography: Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Ethel Schwabacher. Scarecrow Press, c1996.
REF Z5949.U5 P86 1996

The Grove Dictionary of Art. Paul Cezanne bibliography
view the online version.

Searching the Catalog

BY SUBJECT

Begin your search with the LAST NAME of the artist as a subject heading. (e.g. last name first: Degas, Edgar)

If your results are not satisfactory, try searching BROADER terms associated with your artist such as gender, nationality, occupation:

  • Subdivide the type of artist by the term biography. (e.g. women artists--biography)
  • Subdivide the type of artist by country: France, Germany, Italy, United States, etc.(e.g. artists--germany)
  • Further subdivide by the term biography.(e.g. artists--germany--biography)


ARTISTS-subdivided by country
ARTISTS BIOGRAPHY
ARTISTS-FRANCE-BIOGRAPHY
ARTISTS-GERMANY-BIOGRAPHY
ARTISTS-ITALY-BIOGRAPHY
ARTISTS-UNITED STATES-BIOGRAPHY
WOMEN ARTISTS-subdivided by country
WOMEN ARTISTS-UNITED STATES-BIOGRAPHY
WOMEN ARTISTS-BIBLIOGRAPHY
WOMEN ARTISTS-BIOGRAPHY
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS
ARCHITECTS-subdivided by country
ARCHITECTS-UNITED STATES-BIOGRAPHY
SCULPTORS-subdivided by country
SCULPTORS-FRANCE-BIOGRAPHY
SCULPTORS-UNITED STATES-BIOGRAPHY
WOMEN SCULPTORS
PHOTOGRAPHERS-subdivided by country
PHOTOGRAPHERS BIOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHERS-FRANCE-BIOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHERS-UNITED STATES-BIOGRAPHY
PAINTERS-subdivided by country
PAINTERS-FRANCE-BIOGRAPHY
PAINTERS-GERMANY
PAINTERS-ITALY-BIOGRAPHY
PAINTERS-UNITED STATES-BIOGRAPHY

When searching by subject in the online catalog, be careful to follow the exact spelling and form of the subject headings. These subject headings are standard and are used in most libraries.


BY AUTHOR

Continue your search with the LAST NAME of the artist as an author. (e.g. last name first: Degas, Edgar) In the library catalog, the artist is considered an author of his work. A book of Cezanne's painting will show him as the author. (e.g. last name first: Degas, Edgar)

If you don't get ANY results from your subject or author searches, search the LAST NAME of the artist as a KEYWORD.
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