Among the more fascinating aspects of art history is how the field develops. This is meant not just as a general statement, but also artist-to-artist. Some come out of the gate firing on all cylinders, their visions and practices honed by a seemingly mystical place. Others take years to develop their signature styles. This development usually speaks to the overall purpose of the artist—the development is often much more interesting than any singular piece. That being said, it’s almost a requirement to look at an artist’s body of work on the largest possible time scale. Here are 20 of The First Paintings By Famous Artists

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