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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1904, in Paris; died 27 August 1967, in Perros-Guirec (Côtes-d'Armor).

Sculptor (including bronze), engraver (burin). Monuments, designs for tapestries, stage costumes and sets.

Henri Adam's father, a goldsmith and jeweller, taught him the rudiments of the trade while he was studying at the Collège Lavoisier. He also took classes in drawing, first at the École Germain-Pillon and subsequently at the Atelier de la Ville de Paris in Montparnasse, before moving to the École des Beaux-Arts. He exhibited various paintings between ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1 May 1916, in Hanoi, Vietnam; died 1988.

Painter, engraver (wood/copper), illustrator. Murals, designs for mosaics, stage costumes and sets, posters, comic strips, decorative designs, medals, postage stamps.

After studying at the school of fine arts in Hanoi in 1935...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 27 January 1921, in Boulogne-sur-Mer. Died 10 June 2012.

Painter (including mixed media/gouache), watercolourist, performance artist, medallist, ceramicist. Designs for mosaics.

Georges Mathieu was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer. He left for Versailles in 1933 then, during the war, went to Lille, where he studied law, philosophy and obtained an degree in English. In 1942 he worked as a teacher in a secondary school in Douai. He was then an interpreter and teacher for the American armies in Cambrai, Biarritz and Istres. In 1947 he settled in Paris, and was elected to the Institut de France....

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Austrian, 20th century, female.

Active in Belgium.

Born 1917, in Vienna.

Designer, illustrator, graphic designer, scenographer. Stage costumes and sets, wall decorations, medals, postage stamps.

From 1932 to 1939 May Néama was a pupil at the studios for publicity and décor of the theatre of the Instituut voor Sierkunsten en Ambachten in Antwerp, where she taught between ...

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Italian, 15th century, male.

Born 1435, in Florence; died 7 October 1488, in Venice.

Painter, sculptor, goldsmith, musician. Religious subjects, historical figures. Equestrian statues.

Florentine School.

Andrea Verrocchio's biographical details are not really known, but his works are proof of the important place he occupies in the history of art. It is known that he was born in Florence in ...

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Maria Leonor d’Orey

Portuguese writer, designer and goldsmith. He was active from 1502 to 1536 in the service of Queen Eleanor, Manuel I and John III as a playwright, goldsmith, musician, stage designer and actor. It is known, on the evidence of the King’s will, that in 1503...

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British performance artist, sculptor, photographer and writer. She studied Russian and Arabic at Leeds University (1970–72), and completed her foundation studies at Croydon College of Art (1972–3). She then studied fine art at Goldsmith’s College, London (1973–6), where the progressive approach to contemporary art led her to design her own course of study, which focused on all aspects of performance art. Influences upon her work include Yves Klein and Bruce McLean. Her ability to deflate the pretentious and absurd in daily life was demonstrated in unrehearsed, highly skilled displays of intuitive stagecraft. These are extended monologues that engage the audience with a mesmerising mixture of mimicry, metaphors, verbal and visual clichés and that explore the conventions of suburban existence and the domestic role of women (e.g. ...