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(b ?Schwäbisch Gmünd, 1484/5; d Strasbourg, Sept. 1545). German painter, printmaker, and designer. The nickname ‘Grien’ (green) perhaps referred to his liking for the colour. He probably trained with Dürer in Nuremberg, but his brilliant colour, expressive use of distortion, and taste for the gruesome (he was fascinated by witchcraft) bring him closer in spirit to his other great German contemporary, Grünewald.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)