Thomas Kinkade, 58 | Art

Thomas Kinkade, the self-described "Painter of Light," died unexpectedly in April at the age of 58. His death, which has been attributed to an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium, set in motion a legal battle over his estate, which has reportedly been settled. His paintings of cottages and biblical scenes made him popular around the world, but art critics usually dismissed his work as sentimental kitsch.<br><a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2012/04/why-was-thomas-kinkade-loathed-by-art-critics.html" target="blank"><b>MORE:</b> Thomas Kinkade -- loved by many, loathed by art critics</a> | <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/08/local/la-me-thomas-kinkade-20120408" target="blank">Thomas Kinkade dies at 54; 'Painter of Light' worked to project 'serene simplicity'</a>
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( Karen de la Carriere )

Thomas Kinkade, the self-described "Painter of Light," died unexpectedly in April at the age of 58. His death, which has been attributed to an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium, set in motion a legal battle over his estate, which has reportedly been settled. His paintings of cottages and biblical scenes made him popular around the world, but art critics usually dismissed his work as sentimental kitsch.
MORE: Thomas Kinkade -- loved by many, loathed by art critics | Thomas Kinkade dies at 54; 'Painter of Light' worked to project 'serene simplicity'

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