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Syrian, 20th century, male.

Born 1934, in Hama.

Painter. Figures, scenes with figures. Stage sets.

Symbolism.

Group of Ten.

Khouzayma Alwani trained at the academy of fine art in Rome in 1957 and received his diploma as a theatre artist in 1964. In 1973, he was awarded another diploma, this time from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He has been Professor at the school of fine arts in Damascus since ...

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Jeremy Howard

Russian painter and stage designer. He was a Symbolist artist who, like many of his colleagues in the World of Art group, made his foremost contribution to the development of Russian art in the fields of graphic art and stage design. He first studied at the Drawing School of the Odessa Society of Fine Arts (...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 1879, in Beltsy; died 1973, in Stonington (Connecticut).

Painter (gouache), draughtsman. Scenes with figures. Stage costumes and sets.

Symbolism.

Boris Anisfeld studied at the academy of fine art in St Petersburg. He spent some time in the south of France working on the Spanish border around 1913 and exhibited at the Salon d’Automne, of which he became a member. He then returned to work in Petrograd, only to leave again in 1917. From 1918 to 1920, he took part in a touring exhibition in the United States: Brooklyn Museum in New York, Allbright Knox Museum in Buffalo, Chicago Art Institute, Museum of Art in St Louis and in San Francisco....

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British, 20th century, male.

Born 14 November 1893, in Hastings; died 1973.

Painter (gouache), illustrator, designer. Figure compositions. Murals, film and stage sets.

Symbolism.

Unit One group.

John Armstrong studied at Cambridge University and St John's Wood School of Art. From 1933, the year he was appointed a member of the influential Unit One group, he was influenced by the repercussions of Surrealism. During World War II he served as an official war artist. At the beginning of the 1950s, he abandoned Surrealism, returning to his former attraction for the language of symbols, which for him meant working out a personal symbolic syntax, implemented in a series of ambitious compositions with titles that revealed their ideological content: ...

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Russian, 20th century, female.

Active in France from 1924.

Born 1882 or 1884, in Bielostok (Kiev); died 1949, in Fontenay-aux-Roses, France.

Painter, decorative artist. Stage sets, stage costumes.

Symbolism, Futurism, Constructivism.

Groups: Golubaya Roza (Blue Rose), Bubnovy Valet (Jack of Diamonds).

A student at the school of fine art in Kiev, Aleksandra Exter exhibited for the first time with the ...

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Belgian, 20th century, female.

Born 1904, in Brussels; died 1985.

Painter, draughtswoman. Figures, scenes with figures. Stage costumes.

Symbolism.

Suzanne Fabry was a student of Isidore de Rudder, Jean Delville and Constant Montald at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

She took part in collective exhibitions: in ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 19 September 1913, in Paris.

Painter, engraver, illustrator. Figures, portraits, landscapes, flowers. Church decoration, stage sets.

Symbolism.

The son of Roger Maillart, the painter, and grandson of Diogène Maillart, Jean Denis studied under Devandez and Orthon Friez. He was awarded the Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris in ...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 23 February 1878, in the Kiev region; died 15 May 1935, in Leningrad (now St Petersburg).

Painter (including gouache), draughtsman, printmaker, decorative artist, writer. Stage sets.

Symbolism, Cubo-Futurism, Constructivism, Suprematism, Non-Objectivity, Abstract Art.

Oslinyy Khvost (Donkey’s Tail), Bubnovy Valet (Jack of Diamonds), Soyuz Molodezhi (Union of Youth), INKhUK (Institute of Artistic Culture)...

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Polish, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 19 April 1869, in Ropczyce; died 1946, in Wadowice.

Painter, engraver. Allegorical subjects, portraits, interiors, still-lifes, landscapes. Stage sets, church decoration, designs for stained glass.

Symbolism, Art Nouveau.

Józef Mehoffer studied at the Cracow academy from 1887 to 1889...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 1875, in Eletsk; died 1949, in Moscow.

Draughtsman, illustrator. Portraits, landscapes, urban views. Stage costumes and sets.

Symbolism.

Groups: Golubaya Roza (Blue Rose), Obshchestvo Khudoznikov 4 Iskusstva (Four Arts Society of Artists), Mir Iskusstva (World of Art).

Nikolai Oulianov studied in V. Meshmov's studio in Moscow (...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 1880, in Moscow; died 15 June 1912, at Terioki in the Gulf of Finland, drowned.

Painter. Still-lifes, flowers. Stage sets.

Symbolism.

Golubaya Roza (Blue Rose) group.

Nikolai Sapunov trained under Isaac Levitan at the institute of painting, sculpture and architecture in Moscow ...

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Armenian, 20th century, male.

Born 28 February 1880, in Nor-Nakhichevan, Armenia; died 1972, in Erevan, Armenia.

Painter, designer, illustrator. Scenes with figures, portraits, still lifes, flowers, landscapes. Stage sets.

Symbolism.

Golubaya Roza (Blue Rose), Obshchestvo Khudoznikov 4 Iskusstva (Four Arts Society of Artists).

Between 1897...

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Russian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 7 January 1865, in St Petersburg; died 22 November 1911, in Moscow.

Painter, illustrator, designer. Mythological subjects, genre scenes, portraits, landscapes. Stage sets.

Art Nouveau, Symbolism.

Peredvizhniki (Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions), Abramtsevo Artists’ Colony.

The son of the composer Alexander Serov and the musician Valentina Bergman, ...

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1863 or 1864, in Paris; died 6 October 1927, in Morlaix.

Painter. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects, landscapes. Stage sets.

Symbolism.

Nabis group. School of Pont-Aven.

After a good secondary education, Louis Sérusier entered the Académie Julian and attended the Doucet studio. He was enthusiastic, enterprising and a fine speaker, and very active in the academy, which also trained Maurice Denis, Bonnard, Vuillard, K.X Roussel, Ranson, René Piot and Ibels. They used to gather in a restaurant in Brady Passage, where they discussed the aesthetics of Plato and the School of Alexandria, whose esotericism interested Sérusier. In 1895 and 1904 he travelled with Maurice Denis and discovered the Italian and German primitives, absorbing lessons in decoration from some and expressive violence from others. After another journey to Munich in 1907, he became a teacher at the Académie Ranson in Paris from 1908, as a result of which he wrote his ...

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Polish, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 21 November 1869, in Kruplany; died 8 June 1929, in Garvolin, near Warsaw.

Painter, scenographer. Portraits, genre scenes, landscapes.

Symbolism, Art Nouveau.

Sursum Corda.

Stabrovsky studied with Tchistikov at the institute of painting, sculpture and architecture in St Petersburg ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 5 August 1920, in Brooklyn, New York; died 27 March 2011, in Hartland, Vermont.

Painter. Scenes with figures, portraits, religious subjects. Stage sets.

Symbolism, American Magical Realism.

George Tooker studied at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, then at Harvard and with Reginald Marsh and Paul Cadmus at the Art Students League of New York ...

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Armenian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 2 January 1884, in Tiflis (now Tbilisi), Georgia; died 28 December 1928, in Erevan, Armenia.

Painter. Stage designs.

Symbolism, Constructivism.

Born into an Armenian family, Georgii Bogdanovich Yakulov attended the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages in Moscow from 1893 to 1899...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 1875, in Moscow; died 1958, in Moscow.

Painter, graphic artist, designer. Local scenes, landscapes. Stage sets.

Symbolism, Socialist Realism.

Groups: Peredvizhniki (Wanderers), Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (AKhRR).

Konstantin Fedorovich Yuon studied under Abram Arkhipov, Konstantin Korovin, and Konstantin Savitsky at the Moscow Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture from 1892 to 1898 and in the studio of Valentin A. Serov from 1898 to 1900. He then went travelling to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and France, and on his return taught in his own studio in Moscow from 1900 to 1917. He taught at the USSR Academy of Art (1934–1935) and the Moscow Art Institute (1952–1955)....