Welcome to Benezit Dictionary of Artists

  • A comprehensive and definitive resource for artists’ biographies, published since 1911
  • Includes 170,000 biographies as well as auction records, exhibition histories, and over 11,000 images of artists’ signatures and stamps of sale

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Letter from the Editor, Dr. Kathy Battista

Niki de Saint-Phalle

Niki de Saint-Phalle signature

Niki de Saint-Phalle was a self-taught painter who painted her first canvases in 1953 and then turned to sculpture. Beyond their monstrousness, their ogress-like voracity, and their many psychoanalytical meanings, Niki de Saint-Phalle’s creatures are figures in a carnival, jokers full of vitality and a poetic joie de vivre.

William Kentridge

William Kentridge signature

Although William Kentridge has practiced his creativity in a wide range of media, it is chiefly his large-scale charcoal drawings in process and his unique, short, animated films that have given him international fame and have commented with poetic satire on South African society and the world of capitalism.

We are pleased to reintroduce Benezit with a new look and enhanced functionality. This fall, we look forward to publishing new biographies on contemporary artists and updating auction records for top-selling figures in today’s art market.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner painting Street Dresden

Subject Guides

Learn more about major time periods and art movements with our subject guides. Each guide includes a brief introduction to a popular topic in the visual arts, with links to key essays and biographies as well as external resources.

Complete collection of stacked Benezit Dictionary of Artists books

What's New

We are pleased to reintroduce Benezit with a new look and enhanced functionality. Recent commissioning has focused on contemporary artists, as well as on updating auction records for top-selling figures in today’s art market.