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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 2 December 1899, in Albisola; died May 1971, in Albisola.

Ceramicist, draughtsman, painter, sculptor, screen printer, photographer. Artists' books.

Futurism.

Tullio d'Albisola studied with his father Giuseppe, a master potter, then with Gaetano Ballardini at the international university pottery class in Faenza, which he entered in ...

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Swiss, 20th century, female.

Born 1871 or 1872, in Geneva; died 1938, in Lausanne.

Painter (including gouache/mixed media), engraver. Figures, nudes, still-lifes, landscapes. Designs for tapestries.

Futurism.

Das Neue Leben group.

After studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva Bailly worked in Munich and Naples. In 1906, she settled in Paris for a while, returning to Switzerland in 1914. Work by her was exhibited at the Salon d'Automne (1909, 1926), the Salon des Tuileries (1928) and at the Salon des Indépendants (1929). In 1934 her work was also shown at the exhibition ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1894, in Innsbruck; died 1965, in Rome.

Painter, pastellist, draughtsman, engraver, collage artist. Frescoes.

Futurism.

Roberto Marcello Iras Baldessari settled in Venice in 1908 and studied at the Accademia, graduating in 1915. He knew the Ca' Pesaro artists, then joined the Florence Futurist group between ...

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Ester Coen

Italian sculptor, painter, printmaker and writer. As one of the principal figures of Futurism, he helped shape the movement’s revolutionary aesthetic as a theorist as well as through his art. In spite of the brevity of his life, his concern with dynamism of form and with the breakdown of solid mass in his sculpture continued to influence other artists long after his death....

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 15 February 1900, in Florence.

Painter, draughtsman, ceramicist, lithographer, monotype artist.

Borsi became interested in painting from 1916 and participated in the Futurist movement while studying to be a goldsmith. In 1920, he moved to Scandinavia where he lived for five years, working in interior design and studying ceramics. His work was exhibited in Copenhagen. In ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 11 February 1881, in Quargnento (Alessandria); died 13 April 1966, in Milan.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, collage artist, engraver (including etching), lithographer, decorative designer, art theorist. Landscapes, landscapes with figures, urban landscapes, seascapes. Frescoes.

Futurism, Pittura Metafiscia (Metaphysical Painting), Novecento Italiano, Magic Realism...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 16 October 1900, in Florence; died 1987, in Fiesole.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver, screen printer, scenographer.

Futurism.

Lacerba Group.

Primo Conti was a poet, painter and musician. While in his teens, he joined the Lacerba group, who exhibited in 1913 in Florence. He then participated in Futurist events at the Verdi Theatre in Florence in 1913, and in Milan in 1918. He met Picasso in Rome in 1917, and also met Balla. That same year he published a volume of prose poetry entitled ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 19 May 1898, in Rome; died 1974.

Painter, engraver (wood).

Futurism, Dadaism.

Evola was initially part of the Futurist movement, but in 1918 he came into contact with Tristan Tzara and the Dada group in Zurich. He then joined the Dada movement, just as many Futurists were being influenced by the ideas expressed by Mussolini. He wrote two books in the ...

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Ester Coen and John Musgrove

Italian movement, literary in origin, that grew to embrace painting, sculpture, photography and architecture, which was launched by the publication on 20 February 1909 of ‘Le Futurisme’ by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in the Paris newspaper Le Figaro. Marinetti’s intention was to reject the past, to revolutionize culture and make it more modern. The new ideology of Futurism set itself with violent enthusiasm against the weighty inheritance of an art tied to the Italian cultural tradition and exalted the idea of an aesthetic generated by the modern myth of the machine and of speed....

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Anthony Parton

Russian painter, stage designer, printmaker and illustrator. She was a leading artist of the Russian avant-garde in the early 20th century but became a celebrity in the West through her work for Serge (de) Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. During the 1920s she played a significant role within the ...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 1953, in Leningrad.

Book artist, printmaker (lithography), graphic artist.

Mikhail Karasik graduated with an art-graphics degree from the Leningrad State Pedagogical Institute. He is credited with pioneering the form of the artists’ book in Russia. Not only did he make them, he also encouraged his contemporaries to do so as well by curating numerous exhibitions and organising collective books, for example the ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1904, in Venice; died 1988, in Rovereto.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver (etching), sculptor (including wood/bronze). Landscapes, seascapes.

Futurism.

Giovanni Korompay studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. He collaborated on the daily Il Resto del Carlino, and was the husband of the Futurist artist Magda Falchetto. He was interested in Futurism as early as ...

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Jaroslav Sedlář

Bohemian painter, printmaker and draughtsman. He studied at the School of Applied Arts in Prague, but left in 1906 to study at the Reale Istituto di Belle Arti in Florence. In the same year, with Emil Filla and Antonin Procházka among others, he founded Eight, the...

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Anthony Parton

Russian painter, stage designer, printmaker, illustrator, draughtsman and writer of Moldovan birth. He was a leader of the Russian avant-garde before World War I but came to prominence in the West through his work for Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. During the 1920s he played a significant role within the ...

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Troels Andersen

Russian painter, printmaker, decorative artist and writer of Ukranian birth. One of the pioneers of abstract art, Malevich was a central figure in a succession of avant-garde movements during the period of the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917 and immediately after. The style of severe geometric abstraction with which he is most closely associated, ...

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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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Piero Pacini

Italian painter, draughtsman and printmaker. At the age of 17 he enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna and discovered contemporary art in books on Impressionism, Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat and Henri Rousseau. He read with interest the articles by Ardengo Soffici in ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 28 April 1895, in Florence; died 1957, in Ivrea (Piedmont).

Painter, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. Genre scenes, landscapes, landscapes with figures, still-lifes.

Futurism, Novecento Italiano.

Strapaese Group.

Ottone Rosai was introduced to the art of wood sculpting by his father, and also studied drawing at the institute of decorative arts, and then at the fine arts school in Florence, where he later became a teacher. His work featured in both group and solo exhibitions, notably in Pistoia in 1911, in Florence in 1913, in Rome in 1922, in 1929 at the second Novecento exhibition, in 1952 at the Biennale exhibition in Venice, and in 1957 at the Olivetti centre in Ivrea. His work featured in group exhibitions held at, notably, the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence in 1960, at the Modern Art Museum in Turin in 1963, and at an exhibition entitled ...

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Russian, 20th century, female.

Born 21 June 1886, in Malenki; died 8 November 1918, in Moscow.

Painter, collage artist, draughtswoman, engraver, poet.

Futurism, Suprematism.

Groups: Soiuz Molodezhi (Union of Youth), Supremus.

Ol’ga Vladimirovna Rozanova studied at the Stroganov School of Art and Industry in Moscow. She was one of the most active members of the St Petersburg avant-garde. In ...

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Ester Coen

Italian painter, printmaker, writer and composer. The fourth of five children, he was trained in music by his father, who was a clockmaker and organist. In 1901 he went to Milan to join his family, who had moved there so that his two brothers, Giovanni and Antonio, could study music at the conservatory. Diverging from his father’s inclinations, Luigi was attracted towards other forms of art, especially painting. Though not actually enrolled at the Accademia di Brera, through new friends he indirectly followed the ideas taught there. In the same period he worked for the restorer ...