1945 in art
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- April 15 – Bergen-Belsen concentration camp liberated. Among the British war artists (official and unofficial) who record it soon afterwards are Sgt. Eric Taylor, Leslie Cole, Doris Zinkeisen, Edgar Ainsworth (of Picture Post), Mervyn Peake and Mary Kessell.
- April 28 – Professor Anthony Blunt is appointed to succeed Sir Kenneth Clark as Surveyor of the King's Pictures in the United Kingdom.
- July–December – Han van Meegeren paints his last forgery of a Dutch Golden Age painting, Jesus among the Doctors, before witnesses in Amsterdam to refute charges of having sold genuine Dutch cultural property to Nazis (for which he was arrested on May 29).
- October 25 – Jackson Pollock marries Lee Krasner.
- Constantine Andreou moves to France, having received a scholarship from the French government.
- New York businessman Henry Pearlman acquires Chaim Soutine's View of Céret, the foundation of his collection of modern art.
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- Hyman Bloom – Christmas Tree
- Marc Chagall – Apocalypse in Lilac, Capriccio
- Leslie Cole
- Salvador Dalí
- Russell Drysdale – The Drover's Wife
- Nora Heysen – Transport driver (Aircraftswoman Florence Miles)
- Jackson Pollock – Troubled Queen (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
- Joe Rosenthal – Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (photograph)
- David Alfaro Siqueiros – El Coronelazo
- Ben Shahn
- Death on the Beach
- Elizabeth Shoumatoff – Unfinished portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Philip Zec – Here you are. Don't lose it again! (political cartoon)
- Doris Zinkeisen – Human Laundry, Belsen
- January 25 – Barbara Kruger, photographer, graphic artist and sculptor
- January 31 – Joseph Kosuth, conceptual artist
- March 8 – Anselm Kiefer, sculptor.
- June 14 – Jörg Immendorff, German painter, sculptor, stage designer and art professor (d.2007)
- June 30 – Sean Scully, painter
- July 16 – Victor Sloan, Irish visual artist
- July 28 – Jim Davis, American cartoonist, creator of "Garfield"
- August 4 – Paul McCarthy, American sculptor, installation artist and video artist
- August 9 – Posy Simmonds, English cartoonist
- August 18 – Brummbaer, digital artist
- August 19 – Peter Reginato, sculptor
- September 27 – Jack Goldstein, Canadian-born American performance and Conceptual artist turned painter (d.2003)
- date unknown
- January 7 – Alexander Stirling Calder, American sculptor (b. 1870)
- February 21 – Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen, Danish sculptor (born 1863)
- March 5 – Albert Richards, English war artist (b. 1919); killed on active service in the Netherlands
- March 6 – Milena Pavlović-Barili, Serbian painter and poet (b. 1909); died in riding accident in the United States
- March 31 – Hando Ruus, Estonian painter (b. 1917); presumed executed as a prisoner of war in the Soviet Union
- April – Josef Čapek, Czech painter and writer (b. 1887); died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
- April 22 – Käthe Kollwitz, German painter, lithographer and sculptor (b. 1867)
- May 5 – René Lalique, French glass designer (b. 1860)
- June 15 – Nikola Avramov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1897)
- September 16 – David Young Cameron, Scottish painter and etcher (b. 1865)
- October 24 – Franklin Carmichael, Canadian painter (b. 1890)
- October 31 – Ignacio Zuloaga, Basque painter (b. 1870)
- November 23 – Ljubomir Ivanović, Serbian painter (b. 1882)
- November – Thomas Hennell, English painter (b. 1903); presumed killed on active service in Indonesia
- December 20 – Ong Schan Tchow, Chinese artist (b. 1900); died in Malaysia
- date unknown – Franz Sedlacek, Austrian painter (b. 1891); presumed killed on active service in Poland
- "Witnessing Belsen". Unspeakable. Imperial War Museum. 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
- Jones, Jonathan (2009-05-06). "Klimt's Dazzling demons". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- SheilaTGTG55 (2011-10-13). "The Fire At Schloss Immendorf". Open Salon. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- Kreuger, Frederik H. (2010). Van Meegeren Revisited & List of Works. Amsterdam: Erasmus Books. pp. 152–155. ISBN 978-90-5959-060-1.
- Connor, Robert (1969). Cassandra: Reflections in a Mirror. London: Cassell. ISBN 0304933414.