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Turkish, 19th–20th century, male.

Born 29 May 1868, in Constantinople (now Istanbul); died 23 August 1944, in Paris.

Painter and collector. Portraits, genre scenes, landscapes.

Abdul-Medjid was the son of Sultan Abdülaziz, and later Crown Prince of the Ottoman Empire and Caliph. He was taught painting by Fausto Zonaro, an Italian artist who worked in the Ottoman court ...

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American, 19th – 20th century, female.

Born in Philadelphia.

Painter.

Elizabeth H. Atkinson trained in Philadelphia and at the Académie Julian in Paris. Her works are owned by collectors in Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore. She participated in the Salon d'Hiver in Paris.

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British, 20th century, female.

Born 5 May 1937, in London.

Painter.

Patricia Fleur Bagrit was brought up in artistic surroundings: her grandfather had been a sculptor and her father was a great art collector. She studied at Oxford, then went to the USA to work with the painters Felix Feininger and Ben Shahn. Her art tended towards the abstract. She had solo exhibitions, notably in London and Paris....

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German, 20th century, male.

Active in Munich.

Painter.

De Beyros participated at the 1909 Berlin exhibition, where he showed his Collector and Faithful Guardian.

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British, 20th century, female.

Born 30 August 1911, in Norwood (London); died 1991, in Hampstead (London).

Painter, illustrator, muralist, lithographer, collector. Still-lifes, figures, landscapes, nature.

East London Group, London Group.

Phyllis Bray was the daughter of William de Bray, attaché to the mother of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II. Her first husband was the painter John Cooper, and her second was Eric Phillips. She studied on a scholarship at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, where her tutor was Henry Tonks. She was a leading figure in the formation of the ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1919, in California; died 1964.

Painter.

Carlyle Brown began his career under the patronage of Tchelitchev, who recommended him to the collector Edward James, at whose home he lived for six months in 1948. He had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in ...

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Mexican, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1952, in Vigo, Spain.

Painter. Portraits.

Rafael Cidoncha is known mainly for his portraits, notably those of the art collector Mrs Natasha Gelman (1996) in which he reproduces Frida Kahlo's 1943 Self-portrait with Monkeys. He has also received official commissions including a portrait of King Juan Carlos of Spain, commissioned by the city of Seville. Cidoncha has shown his work in exhibitions in Madrid, New York, Brussels and Frankfurt. In ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 7 June 1931, in Eatonton (Georgia).

Painter, draughtsman (including ink), collage artist, print artist, sculptor, collector, art historian. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, figure compositions, scenes with figures, landscapes. Designs for stained glass.

David C. Driskell earned a BFA at Howard University in ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 31 July 1901, in Le Havre; died 12 May 1985, in Paris.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, printmaker, lithographer, writer, collector.

At the age of 15, Jean Dubuffet attended evening classes at the École des Beaux-Arts in Le Havre and then enrolled at the Académie Julian in Paris, staying there for six months. He met Suzanne Valadon, Max Jacob, Raoul Dufy, André Masson, Fernand Léger, and Juan Gris between 1919 and 1922. In 1924, at barely 24 years old, he gave up painting for the first time and went to work for a central heating company in Buenos Aires for six months. When he returned to France, Dubuffet joined the family wine business in Le Havre. A few years later, he established his wholesale wine trading business in the Bercy district of Paris. He returned to painting full time in 1934 and appointed a manager for his business. Three years later, threatened with bankruptcy, he had to go back to his business and abandoned painting a second time. That year Dubuffet married Émilie Carlu (Lili), and in 1942, he abandoned his business for good and started painting again, this time until his death. He became acquainted with Jean Paulhan and, through him, met Paul Éluard, Pierre Seghers, André Frénaud, Jean Fautrier, Francis Ponge, and Eugène Guillevic. That year was pivotal in respect to the early development of his work; it was then that his style developed, and the breaking with the past can be seen in ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 20 February 1930, in Rabastens.

Sculptor of assemblages, collage artist, mixed media.

Paul Duchein earned his living as a pharmacist and dispensing chemist in Montauban. An avid collector of populist art, African masks and contemporary works, his own output bears all the hallmarks of Surrealism. Taking his cue from André Breton's dictum extolling the artistic relevance of 'the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life', Duchein began in the 1970s to collect objects - ...

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American, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born at the end of the 19th century, in the Rhineland.

Painter, collector.

Richard Goetz was a naturalised citizen of the USA who had lived in Paris for many years. It is very unlikely that he ever painted in America. His collection of work is small. He lived in Montparnasse well before ...

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 4 December 1845, in Mulhouse; died 1914, in Kingersheim.

Painter. Landscapes.

Daniel Jules Camille Koechlin came from a family of industrialists and collectors - his father ran the Dolfus-Mieg company - and was introduced to art at an early age. It was not until the end of the ...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Active in Israel from 1940.

Born 1915, in Petrograd (now St Petersburg); died 1990.

Painter. Figures, scenes with figures, landscapes, still-lifes.

Aleksander Kopilovich was a painter and collector. His parents left Petrograd for Riga when he was 10. He first trained with Sergei Vinogradov who, having no children, treated him as his spiritual son. He continued his studies in Paris and emigrated to Palestine in ...

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British, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born c. 1849; died 1919, in London.

Painter, watercolourist, art dealer, collector. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes.

Charles Fairfax Murray was a pupil of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He worked as a studio assistant to Burne-Jones and was later sent to Italy to make copies of Old Masters for Ruskin. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Grosvenor Gallery from 1867 onward. He was also an art collector....

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German, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 25 March 1870, in Munich; died 1942.

Painter, sculptor, engraver, designer.

Naager was taught by Stähuber, Ferdinand Barth, Hackl and Seitz. An architect, art critic and collector, he is also known for his frescoes, mosaics and sculptural decorations on public monuments in Berlin....

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Hungarian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1866, in Jánoshalma; died 28 October 1930, in Budapest.

Painter.

Marcell von Nemes was a collector and self-taught painter.

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Dutch, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 2 April 1881, in Dordrecht; died 1955.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman. Landscapes, urban landscapes, waterscapes.

As the son of the famous collector Hidde Nijland from Dortrecht, Dirk met at an early age modern painters like Anton Derkinderen, who taught him, and Jan Toorop. He also studied under Théophile A. Steinlen in Paris. From ...

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German, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 29 September 1867, in Berlin; died 1918, in Berlin.

Painter. Portraits, still-lifes, flowers.

Rathenau was a politician and collector. He had a very delicate feeling for painting, proved by his own portrait at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt, as well as numerous still-lifes and flower paintings....

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Mexican, 20th century, male.

Born 1882, in Guadalajara; died 1977, in Mexico.

Painter. Figures, scenes with figures, animals.

Jesús Reyes-Ferreira was an antiquarian and a collector as well as an artist. He settled in Mexico in the 1930s.

In 2001 his work was included in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, ...

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in the UK and in France.

Born 1835, in Montauban; died 23 June 1913, in Stoke-on-Trent.

Potter, painter (porcelain), draughtsman, engraver (etching), collector, writer.

Marc Louis Emmanuel Solon was the father of Leon Victor Solon. He used the pseudonym of Milès. He worked in porcelain factories in Sèvres and Stoke-on-Trent....