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  • A comprehensive and definitive resource for artists’ biographies, published since 1911
  • Includes 149,000 biographies as well as auction records, exhibition histories, and over 11,000 images of artists’ signatures and stamps of sale

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Konstantin Somov

Work by Konstantin Somov

The son of a curator at the Hermitage, Konstantin Somov painted renowned Russian writers and artists in portraits characterized by a melancholy nostalgia.

Piet Mondrian

Work by Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian believed that painting should represent universal cosmic order, whose regularities could be represented with line and color. His work influenced his peers as well as later generations; the systematic rigor he brought to his art proved a springboard for the optic, kinetic, and minimal art movements.

Read a new letter from the Editor in Chief of Benezit, Dr. Valerie Cassel Oliver.

Dulwich Pink Gallery

Collection Guides

Join Benezit on a tour of unique art collections around the world! Written by experts and curators, our Collection Guides present the history and highlights of museums and galleries. Follow links to related texts in Oxford Art Online and around the web to learn more about the artists in these outstanding collections.

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Benezit continues to feature new and revised biographies of women artists, as well as updates to articles on top-selling figures in today’s art market.