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Chuck Close is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1961 he won a coveted scholarship to the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, and the following year entered the graduate degree program at Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1964. Read more directly from the source.
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