It’s an age-old question — does artistic talent get beautifully passed through the family genes, or is it formed through a self- discovered desire to create? History can make a strong case for either option.

Many artists have no known family relationships with art as a focus or even a desire. However, according to the art information source, MutualArt, here are just a few historic kindred spirits: Abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, made famous with his drip painting techniques, had an older brother, Charles Pollack, who was a social realist painter.
Painter Pablo Picasso was first taught by his father, José Ruiz Blasco, a realist painter.

Austrian painter Gustav Klimt’s artistic family included an engraver father and a musician sister. His brother, Ernst Klimt, was also a recognized painter.

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