Art and Art History : Artists
Online Databases for Artist Biographical Research
General Biographical Research Guide
Online artist projects or artist websites
Look for online scholarly research projects devoted to individual artists. Look for websites maintained directly by contemporary artists. Look for sites maintained by artists' estates. Carefully evaluate the sites' authority.
Don't forget print
The most comprehensive artist biographical encyclopedias and the most detailed regional sources may be found in books that are not online. Don't forget to consult them.
Following are only some of the books available in the Kohler reference room.
Biographical information in books
Search the library catalog for publications by or about your artist. Combine the artist name with terms such as:
- personal narratives
- self portraits
- sources and documents
If the number of research publications supports this degree of detail, standardized subject terms also include the following (taken from subheadings related to Pablo Picasso):
- childhood and youth
- friends and associates
- homes and haunts
- political activities
- political and social views
- relations with authors
- relations with women