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Swiss, 19th century, male.

Active in Lucerne.

Born 27 November 1828, in Abtwil.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. Religious subjects. Designs for stained glass.

Balmer learned the basics of design in the workshops of a goldsmith in Sins in the canton of Aargau, before moving to Anton Bühler's studio in Lucerne. In ...


German, 16th century, male.

Born between 1475 and 1480, in Augsburg; died 1537, in Augsburg.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. History painting, religious subjects, allegorical subjects, battles, genre scenes, hunting scenes. Murals, designs for stained glass.

Danube School (Augsburg).

Jörg Breu the Elder is mentioned from 1501...


Swiss, 20th century, male.

Born 22 March 1879, in Geneva; died 8 November 1945, in Lausanne.

Painter (including gouache), pastellist, illustrator, decorative artist, art restorer. Scenes with figures, figures, portraits, waterscapes. Frescoes, designs for stained glass, designs for mosaics, church decoration, stage sets.

Alexandre Cingria was descended from a famous Levantine family and the brother of the writer Charles-Albert Cingria. He studied at the university and art schools in Geneva, the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the academies in Munich and on several occasions in Florence. He started painting in ...


Irish, 20th century, male.

Born 17 March 1889, in Dublin; died 6 January 1931, in Coire, Switzerland.

Painter, stained glass painter, draughtsman, illustrator, designer. Religious subjects. Designs for stained glass.

Harry Clarke studied with his father Joshua Clarke, a stained glass painter, from the age of 16 and at Dublin Metropolitan School of Art ...


French, 19th century, male.

Born 1824, in St-Servais (Finistère); died 20 November 1889.

Painter, illustrator. Religious subjects, figures, genre scenes, landscapes, landscapes with figures, flowers. Church decoration, designs for stained glass.

He was self-taught and took part in the Salon de Paris from 1851 onwards. He divided his time between Brittany and Paris, and was a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur....


French, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA fromc.1943.

Born 1901, in Chinon; died 2 September 1968, in New York.

Painter (including gouache), poster artist, draughtsman, pastellist, illustrator. Religious subjects, local scenes, figures, nudes, portraits, landscapes with figures, urban landscapes, still-lifes (flowers/fruit). Murals, designs for stained glass...


British, 19th – 20th century, female.

Born 1 August 1865, in London, to Scottish parents; died 5 January 1917, in London.

Painter, illustrator, poster artist. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits, interiors with figures, still-lifes, flowers. Designs for stained glass.


Isobel Gloag studied at the St John's Wood Art School and the Slade School in London, then in the studio of M.W. Ridley. She also studied with Raphaël Collin in Paris. She liked to illustrate scenes from old ballads and romances. Her style is similar to that of the Pre-Raphaelites. She suffered from health problems throughout her life. She was a member of the Ridley Art Club and exhibited at the Royal Academy from ...


Swiss, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active from 1871, later naturalised in France.

Born 25 May 1841, in Paris, to Swiss parents; died 23 October 1917, in Sceaux (Hauts-de-Seine), France.

Painter, watercolourist, sculptor, draughtsman, illustrator, poster artist, decorative designer. Religious subjects, urban landscapes. Designs for stained glass, designs (fabric/ceramics), furniture...


Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 1906, in Borgerhout near Antwerp; died 1971, in Antwerp.

Draughtsman, watercolourist, illustrator, engraver. Religious subjects, figures, nudes, landscapes, urban views. Designs for stained glass.

Hendrickx was a student at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, where his teachers were I. Opsomer and E. Pellens. He taught at the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp and was a member of the Belgian royal academy. He illustrated a life of St Francis of Assisi....


American, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 31 March 1835, in New York; died 14 November 1910, in Providence (Rhode Island).

Painter, illustrator, watercolourist. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, flowers. Murals, designs for stained glass.

Japonisme, Orientalism.

John La Farge was a leading personality in 19th- and early 20th-century American art. His French-born father took part in General Leclerc's expedition to suppress a slave rebellion on the Caribbean island of St-Domingue (present-day Haiti), after which he settled in the USA and married the daughter of a miniaturist. John La Farge's earliest artistic training was from his maternal grandfather, but he subsequently followed a conventional, academic course of study, practising painting and drawing in his spare time, until 1856. With his studies completed, La Farge embarked for Europe where he met Chassériau, Puvis de Chavannes and the Goncourt brothers. He worked for a time in the Paris studio of the painter Thomas Couture, and copied Old Masters in the Louvre and in museums in England, Belgium and Holland. La Farge began training as a lawyer upon his return to the USA, but devoted himself to an artistic career from 1859, when he became a pupil of William Morris Hunt in Newport, Rhode Island. He became fascinated by Japanese art from 1861, and published ...


American, 20th century, female.

Born 3 June 1895, in Alpine (New Jersey); died 11 August 1981, in Cresskill (New Jersey).

Painter, stained glass painter, illustrator. Religious subjects. Designs for stained glass, designs for mosaics.

Katherine Stymetz Lamb was married to the painter Frederick Stymetz Lamb. She trained in New York at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League and the Cooper Union Art School. Katherine travelled to Paris in ...


Spanish, 15th century, male.

Born c. 1400, probably in France; died 1468, in León.

Painter, fresco artist, illuminator. Religious subjects. Designs for stained glass.

Nicolas Frances probably hailed from the Burgundy region of France but settled in Spain some time before 1424 and lived in Léon ...


Dutch, 16th century, male.

Born c. 1520, in Amersfoort; died 1570 or 1571, in Antwerp.

Painter, illustrator. Religious subjects. Designs for stained glass.

Antwerp School.

Lambert van Noort was the father of Adam van Noort the Elder, a member of the Antwerp artists' guild in 1549 and a citizen of Antwerp from 1550. It is possible that he travelled to Italy as one of his paintings is in the church of S Apollinare in Ferrara. He is on record as having died in abject poverty....


Belgian, 20th century, male.

Active in Switzerland from 1944 (naturalised in 1961).

Born 4 April 1883, in Ghent; died 19 April 1966, in Lucerne.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes. Designs for stained glass, designs for tapestries.


Laethem-St-Martin Group (Second School)...


French, 20th century, female.

Born 1905, in Ruelle.

Painter, sculptor, illustrator. Religious subjects. Wall decorations, designs for stained glass.

Yvonne Soutra was a pupil of Maurice Denis and Georges Desvallières at the Atelier d'Art Sacré (Studio of Sacred Art), founded in 1919.

She produced murals in France, Angola and in Mörschwill and Freiburg in Switzerland. She created sculptures for the Foch Hospital in Suresnes, the Paul-Brousse Hospital in Villejuif, Dijon Hospital and in Balzers, Liechtenstein. She also designed the 16 stained glass windows of Fukuoka Cathedral in Japan, which were produced in ...


Swiss, 16th century, male.

Born 17 April 1539, in Schaffhausen; died 4 January 1584, in Strasbourg.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver (wood), illustrator. Historical subjects, religious subjects, genre scenes, portraits, animals. Designs for stained glass, murals, armorials.

Strasbourg School.

Tobias Stimmer is the most famous of the Swiss painters who worked in the wake of Holbein. He is thought to have been a pupil of Hans Asper at Zurich, and certainly came under the influence of Italian painting when working in Italy, copying Titian and Raphael. Active in Schaffhausen between 1567 and 1570, he painted the façade of the Haus zum Ritter there. In 1574, he was in Strasbourg, where he painted the decoration for the astronomical clock. Between 1578 and 1584 he painted important paintings for Baden-Baden Castle, which have now disappeared. We also know that he drew up designs for windows. He supplied engravings to the various printers in Strasbourg of religious subjects and genre scenes, as well as title-pages and illustrations for books. His extant portraits, such as those in the Kunstmuseum in Basel, show great flexibility in his draughtsmanship, and we know that Rubens admired them. The portraits show a remarkable balance between simplicity of pose and natural refinement....


Romanian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 5 June 1946, in Bucharest.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, illustrator. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, scenes with figures, landscapes, still-lifes, flowers. Icons, frescoes, stage costumes and sets, designs for stained glass.

Michel Stoenesco de Pontbriant is the son of Grégoire and the great-nephew of Eustache Grégoire. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Romania and taught Byzantine art at Helsinki between ...


Russian, 20th century, male.

Active in Switzerland and in France.

Born 24 March 1907, in St Petersburg; died 16 May 1989, in Geneva.

Painter, watercolourist, illustrator. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, figures, portraits, circus scenes, landscapes, still-lifes. Murals, designs for mosaics, designs for stained glass, stage costumes and sets, cartoons...


French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in Britain.

Born 15 October 1836, in Nantes, France; died 8 August 1902, in Bouillon (Doubs), France.

Painter, watercolourist, pastellist, draughtsman, engraver (etching), illustrator, modeller. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, seascapes. Designs for stained glass.


Jacques Tissot studied in Paris under Louis Lamotte, Hippolyte Flandrin, and Ingres. His interest for all things English profoundly affected his life and his career as an artist. Upon his Salon debut in 1859, for example, he anglicised his given name to James. In 1865, he illustrated ...