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Angelika Steinmetz and Gordon Campbell

German potter who after an early career as a sculptor established a pottery workshop in Kandern. Initially he made pottery statuettes, and then cubist vases. In the 1940s he became interested in East Asian (especially Japanese) glazes, and c. 1950 became the first German potter to produce asymmetrical work with experimental viscous glazes and broken, irregular surface textures....

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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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Dutch, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1868 or 1869, in Amsterdam; died 1938, in Amsterdam.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator, fresco artist. Designs for stained glass, murals.

Symbolism, Constructivism.

Holst studied at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam from 1885 until 1890 and taught there ...

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Belgian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born in Koekelberg; died 1917.

Painter.

Neo-Constructivism.

Leclercq studied at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Ghent and went on to teach at the Belgian textiles institute in Ghent.

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Swiss, 20th century, male.

Born 28 June 1893, in Zurich; died 1972, in Zurich.

Painter, sculptor, lithographer.

Constructivism.

Groups: Dada, Die Allianz.

Léo Leuppi studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule (college of arts and crafts) in Zurich. He was aligned with the Zurich Dadaist movement and worked for a period as a Cubist. In 1937, he founded and presided over the ...

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Russian theorist, stage director and actor. He was the director of the imperial opera and drama theatres in St Petersburg, but he had established an avant-garde reputation before the appearance of Russian Futurism in late 1912. This was largely due to his innovative and experimental unofficial productions for the House of Interludes cabaret and the Terioki summer theatre of ...

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Dutch painter, theorist, and draughtsman. His work marks the transition at the start of the 20th century from the Hague school and Symbolism to Neo-Impressionism and Cubism. His key position within the international avant-garde is determined by works produced after 1920. He set out his theory in the periodical of ...

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Swiss, 20th century, female.

Born 1928, in Basel.

Painter, sculptor.

Neo-Constructivism.

Concrete Art Group of Zurich.

Nelly Rudin studied at the college of arts and crafts in Basel and started to paint from 1964.

Grenoble (Mus. de Grenoble)

Lucerne, 20 May 1995...

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Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 1895, in Mechelen.

Painter, engraver.

Léon Smets studied at the academies of Antwerp and Berchem and subsequently worked in a variety of styles, including Impressionism, Abstraction and Constructivism.

Antwerp (Prentenkabinet)

Brussels (Bibliothèque royale Albert Ier, Prints Collection)

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Hungarian artists’ colony founded in 1928 in Szentendre on the Danube Bend near Budapest. Its founder-members had all been pupils of István Réti, a member of the Nagybánya colony and, though designed as a centre for the creation of a national art, it soon incorporated an eclectic variety of styles, from Neo-classicism to Surrealism. Its more interesting developments came from the influence of such international movements as Constructivism and Surrealism, although in both cases these received a peculiarly Hungarian interpretation. ...

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John Milner

Ukrainian painter, designer, sculptor and teacher, active mainly in Russia.

The son of a railway engineer and a poet, he attended school in Kharkiv and trained as a merchant sea cadet, visiting Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, Asia Minor, Africa, Greece and Italy. He began his painting career as an icon painter in Moscow, but he subsequently attended the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (...

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Uruguayan, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active between 1924 and 1932 in France.

Born 25 July 1874, in Montevideo; died 8 August 1949, in Montevideo.

Painter, draughtsman, watercolourist. Toys.

Constructivism.

Groups: Cercle et Carré, Atelier Torres García.

Torres García's father was Catalan and his mother Uruguayan. They moved to Barcelona when he was seven. He studied at the Escuela Oficial de Bellas Artes in Barcelona ('La Llotja') and at the Academia Baixas. He copied works by Degas and Steinlen. At the same time he decorated the rooms of the Diputación and the library of the city hall, and executed commissions in different churches. He executed these works in a style of Puvis de Chavannes. Little remains today of these paintings, except those of the central library of the Diputación in Madrid. In 1903, Torres García assisted Antoni Gaudi with the execution of stained glass windows for the cathedral of Palma, Majorca and later with the windows for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. After a difficult period Torres García went to Paris, hoping to come into as close contact as possible with contemporary art movements. He also spent time in Brussels, Florence and Rome. After his arrival in 1910, he was first influenced by the Futurists. His works most clearly in this style are dated 1917-1918, and are devoted to themes mixed together on the canvas: ...

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Angel Kalenberg

Uruguayan painter, teacher and theorist, active also in Spain and France. His father was a Catalan emigrant from Mataró and his mother was Uruguayan. Financial problems forced the family to return to Catalonia in 1891, and he entered the Escuela de Artes y Oficios in Mataró. In ...

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Swiss, 20th century, male.

Born 1919, in Zurich; died 1986, in Zurich.

Painter, sculptor, graphic designer, photomontage artist.

Neo-Constructivism.

Concrete Art Group of Zurich.

Vivarelli attended the Kunstgewerbeschule (school of arts and crafts) in Zurich, as well as Paul Colin's private studio in Paris. In ...

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Dutch, 20th century, male.

Born 7 March 1900, in Amsterdam; died 1983, in Amsterdam.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman. Figures, scenes with figures, urban landscapes, architectural views.

Constructivism, Futurism, Symbolism, Magic Realism.

Carel Willink studied architecture at the royal institute of engineering in Delft between 1918 and 1920. He then went on to study under Hans Baluschek in Berlin, living there between 1920 and 1923 and mixing with members of ...

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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...