French painter, draughtsman, printmaker, designer, sculptor, ceramicist, and writer of Belarusian birth. A prolific artist, Chagall excelled in the European tradition of subject painting and distinguished himself as an expressive colourist. His work is noted for its consistent use of folkloric imagery and its sweetness of colour, and it is characterized by a style that, although developed in the years before World War I, underwent little progression throughout his long career (see.g. ...
Swiss, 20th century, male.
Active from 1953 also active in France.
Born 21 February 1909, in Lucerne; died 21 March 2015.
Painter, engraver, lithographer, ceramicist, sculptor, illustrator, decorative designer, writer. Murals, designs for mosaics.
Groups: Die Allianz, Abstraction-Creation.
The son of a mechanic, at the outset Hans Erni was a technical draughstman in an architect's studio. He attended the school of arts and crafts in Lucerne between 1927 and 1928, and the Académie Julian in Paris from 1928 to 1929. Between 1929 and 1930 he was at the Vereinigte Staatschule für Freie und Angewandte Kunst (school of applied arts) in Berlin. During his numerous stays in Paris he was in contact with Arp, Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Wassily Kandinsky and Henry Moore among others. He was also strongly influenced by the work of Picasso and Braque. He joined the group...
French sculptor, designer and writer. He was one of the foremost French sculptors of the mid-18th century and is best known for his small-scale marble sculptures on gallant and allegorical themes, as well as for his widely reproduced models for the porcelain factory at Sèvres. From ...
Danish painter, printmaker, decorative artist, ceramicist, sculptor and writer, also active in France. His personality and work exerted a decisive influence on his contemporaries, and he is recognized as one of the most important Scandinavian artists since Edvard Munch. He grew up in the provincial town of Silkeborg, Jutland, but after qualifying as a teacher in ...
Mozambican, 20th century, male.
Born 6 June 1936, in Matalana.
Painter, draughtsman, engraver, potter, sculptor, poet. Murals.
Valente Ngwenya Malangatana is a major figure in 20th century Mozambican culture. He was initiated into traditional healing practices when he was a young man, beginning to draw in ...
German, 18th – 19th century, male.
Born 12 October 1742, in Lintorf; died 13 June 1825, in Nymphenburg.
Sculptor, modeller, art critic, porcelain painter.
Johann Peter Melchior was the father of Heinrich Anton and Georg Wilhelm. In 1762, he went to France, and then returned to Koblenz, establishing himself first in the Palatinate and later in Nymphenburg. He was one of the most famous modellers and porcelain painters of his time....
Spanish painter, sculptor, draughtsman, printmaker, decorative artist and writer, active in France. He dominated 20th-century European art and was central in the development of the image of the modern artist. Episodes of his life were recounted in intimate detail, his comments on art were published and his working methods recorded on film. Painting was his principal medium, but his sculptures, prints, theatre designs and ceramics all had an impact on their respective disciplines. Even artists not influenced by the style or appearance of his work had to come to terms with its implications....
Czech, 20th century, male.
Born 12 July 1923, in Prague.
Sculptor, painter, ceramicist, writer.
Zbynek Sekal was arrested in 1941 and deported to Mauthausen. After World War II, in 1945, he became a drawing and painting student of E. Filla and F. Tichy at the institute for decorative arts in Prague. He only began to sculpt in ...
Danish, 19th – 20th century, male.
Active also active in France.
Born 7 September 1863, in Copenhagen; died 1958, in Cannes, France.
Painter, draughtsman, engraver, sculptor, potter, architect, pastellist, art writer. Figures, portraits, landscapes, landscapes with figures.
Jens Ferdinand Willumsen studied under Kroyer at the Kunstakademi in Copenhagen. He visited France (Paris, 1889-1889) and Spain, where he was influenced by El Greco. He returned to Paris and lived there from 1890 to 1894. A visit to Pont Aven and Le Pouldu in 1890 saw him forge a friendship with Gauguin and Sérusier and, on his return to his native Copenhagen, he and a number of other Danish painters and sculptors launched the ...
American, 20th century, female.
Born 3 March 1893, in San Francisco; died 12 March 1998, in Ojai (California).
Draughtswoman, watercolourist, illustrator, ceramicist, sculptor, writer. Figures, nudes.
Beatrice Wood studied in Paris before the World War I, at the Académie Julian and the Comédie Française. She moved to Italy with Gordon Craig before returning to New York in ...