05/24/2012 07:42 am ET

10 Artists Who Died Too Young

In "Finding Francesca Woodman," Jillian Steinhauer writes about the morbid fascination with the young photographer's suicide. This got us thinking about the artists who left us too early, from the Renaissance to the past few years. Their short lives were filled with more creation and adventure than most of us get in a lifetime, and their early deaths left the world to wonder what works went uncreated, and what thoughts left unsaid.

As Steinhauer writes, "For the dead, everything is fixed and frozen; there’s no more work and no more pressure to perform." Perhaps these artists were freed from their creative responsibilities, but we'd like to think they left us with enduring, inscrutable works that will keep us guessing for years to come.

Who are we missing? Let us know in the comments.

Young Artists