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Finnish, 20th century, male.

Born 3 February 1898, in Kuortane; died 11 May 1976, in Helsinki.

Architect, designer, painter, draughtsman, watercolourist. Figures, landscapes, landscapes with figures, urban landscapes, still-lifes. Models (furniture/glass).

Alvar Aalto was adamant that his experience as a painter was an indispensable adjunct to his profession as an architect, noting repeatedly that modern architecture had its roots in painting. As an architecture student, he took private lessons with the Finnish painter Eero Järnefelt. He moved in artistic circles and was frequently to be found in the company of the sculptor Wäinö Altonen and the painters Henry Ericsson and Eemu Myntti. For a period, he also worked as an art critic....

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Ingeborg Wikborg

Norwegian sculptor, designer and medallist. He became familiar with handicraft in his father’s furniture workshop. In 1954 he began five years’ study as a commercial artist at the Håndverks- og Kunstindustriskole in Oslo and from 1957 to 1963 he worked as an illustrator for a newspaper. He studied at the Kunstakademi in Oslo from ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 22 August 1896, in Paris; died 23 September 1972.

Painter, decorative designer. Genre scenes, seascapes.

Abadie-Landel was a pupil in the painting department of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris until 1917. He featured in numerous annual Parisian salons, such as the Salon des Artistes Français, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and Salon des Indépendants, through which he received various awards between ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 10 February 1944, in Rocroi (Ardennes).

Painter (including gouache), draughtsman, decorative designer. Stage costumes and sets.

Aballain graduated from the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1965.

He designed the stage sets and costumes for A Season in Hell...

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French, 19th – 20th century, female.

Born 30 October 1858, in Étampes; died 1927, in Paris.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, pastellist, engraver, draughtswoman, illustrator. Allegorical subjects, genre scenes, portraits, interiors, flowers. Decorative panels.

Abbéma was a pupil of Chaplin, Henner and Carolus-Duran. Until 1926, she exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français, gaining an honourable commendation in 1881 and a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1900. She was made a Chévalier of the Légion d'Honneur in 1906....

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Swedish, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1 April 1859, in Stockholm; died 1924.

Painter, engraver, decorative designer. Genre scenes, landscapes.

Johan Axel Gustav Acke worked at the academy of art in Stockholm from 1876 to 1881 before going to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and travelling in Italy, Holland, Belgium and Finland, where he stayed for a considerable time....

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Austrian, 20th century, male.

Active in England.

Born 1904, in Purkersdorf (Vienna).

Painter, draughtsman, decorative designer.

George Adams-Teltscher studied at the school of decorative arts in Vienna and then at the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1921 to 1923. Probably influenced by Oskar Schlemmer, he became a theatre decorator in Vienna in ...

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Estonian, 20th century, male.

Born 18 August 1902, in Tartu; died c. 1968.

Painter, decorative artist. Portraits, still-lifes.

Eric Adamson received a fine art grant from the Estonian government and became a student of the school of art and design in Berlin, then attended the Académies Libres Colarossi et Ranson in Paris and the workshop of André Lhote and of the Russian painter Vasili Shukhaev. He participated in a number of exhibitions including: Estonia (regularly from ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 20 April 1900, in Chatillon-Coligny (Loiret); died, Jacques died in 1984.

Painters, sculptors (including bronze/ceramics), decorative designers. Landscapes, figures, animals.

The Adnet twins exhibited together at the Salon des Artistes Français, winning a joint travel scholarship in 1927. They were members of the Salon d'Automne and also exhibited at the Salons des Indépendants and Salon des Tuileries. Their submissions of paintings have largely been of landscapes, but they have also offered paintings of furniture. Their careers later led them into the decorative arts; Jacques created the ...

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Israeli, 20th century, male.

Active from 1951 also active in France.

Born 11 May 1928, in Rishon LeZiyyon.

Painter, sculptor. Wall decorations, monuments.

Op Art, Kinetic Art.

The son of a rabbi, Yaacov Agam was educated at the Bezalel art college in Jerusalem. He was arrested by the British in ...

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French, 19th – 20th century, female.

Born 17 May 1867, in Paris; died 4 September 1922, in Chamonix.

Painter, sculptor, draughtswoman. Portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, flowers. Decorative panels.

Georgette Agutte came from a wealthy bourgeois family who were interested in art. She began studying sculpture by Louis Schroeder. She attended lessons given by Gustave Moreau at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, as did Matisse and Rouault, artists of her generation. After her divorce in ...

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British, 19th – 20th century, male.

Stained glass painter, enameller.

From 1893, Aikman exhibited the designs and executions of his works. He endeavoured to bring back to life in England the science of the master stained-glass painters of the Renaissance as well as that of the artists of the Gothic period....

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 18 February 1912, in Baku.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, engraver, decorative designer. Religious subjects, figures, nudes, scenes with figures, landscapes, seascapes, architectural views, still-lifes, animals. Designs for tapestries, designs for mosaics, murals, church decoration.

A self-taught artist of Armenian origin, George Akopian went to France in ...

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Belgian, 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 1939, in Fleurus (Hainaut).

Sculptor, painter. Monuments.

Claude Alard trained as a locksmith in 1959, but was self-taught as an artist. He was the decorator for the theatre at the Maison de la Culture in Bourges. From ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 11 October 1878, in Bordeaux; died 16 April 1952, in Bordeaux.

Painter. Portraits, landscapes, seascapes, interiors. Wall decorations.

Orientalism.

François Alaux was the great-grandson of the painter Jean-Paul Alaux, otherwise known as Gentil (the Gentle) and the nephew of Guillaume Alaux, also a painter. He studied under Léon Bonnat at the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris. His fellow student, Othon Friesz, painted his portrait there in 1900....

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 21 August 1887, in Bordeaux; died 27 February 1965, in Paris.

Painter, decorative artist, engraver (wood), illustrator. Historical subjects, portraits, nudes, seascapes, boats.

Gustave Alaux was the son of Daniel Alaux and great-grandson of Jean-Paul Alaux, otherwise known as Gentil (the Gentle). He studied under Marcel Baschet and Henri Royer at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français from ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 14 November 1925, in La Ciotat.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, sculptor, lithographer, illustrator. Figure compositions, figures, nudes, portraits, interiors, landscapes, urban landscapes, seascapes, still-lifes. Wall decorations.

Symbolism.

Jean-Pierre Alaux was the son of François Alaux and the great-great-grandson of Jean-Paul Alaux. From ...

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German, 20th century, female.

Active in the USA.

Born 12 June 1899, in Berlin; died 10 May 1994, in Orange (Connecticut), USA.

Draughtswoman, textile designer, printmaker.

Having studied in Berlin and Hamburg, Anni Albers went on to study at the Bauhaus from 1922 to 1930...

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French, 20th century, male.

Painter, decorative artist.

Nouvelle Figuration.

Patrick Albert painted in acrylics, and often used fabric as a backing for his paintings. In the 1980s, he was one of several young artists who sought to work and exhibit outside the traditional spheres of the art market. In ...

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Albin  

French, 20th century, male.

Born 17 February 1941, in Paris.

Painter, watercolourist, sculptor, draughtsman, decorative designer.

Albin studied sculpture and mural decoration in Paris at the École des Arts Appliqués à l'Industrie, and engraving and lithography at the École des Beaux-Arts. He creates décors for television, film, theatre and the opera. The French state has commissioned sculptures and frescoes from him....