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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1887, in Paris; died 14 June 1940, in Paris.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative artist. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, figures, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, horses. Frescoes, murals, designs for stained glass.

Billotey studied under the academic painters Jules Lefebvre (1836-1911) and Tony Robert-Fleury (...


Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1762, in Palmanova (Veneto); died 1844, in Milan.

Painter (gouache), draughtsman, decorative designer. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes.

Giuseppe Bison started his career in Brescia and travelled to Venice at the age of 14 to study at the academy there under Antonio Maria Zanetti and Constantino Cedini. He also studied decorative painting under Antonio Mauri and was advised by Romani and Sedini. He left Venice for Trieste in ...


French, 17th century, male.

Born 1 October 1600, in Paris; died before 10 November 1638, in Paris, where he was buried on that date.

Painter, engraver. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, allegorical subjects. Wall decorations.

His uncle, Nicolas Bollery, started teaching Jacques and his brother Jean-Baptiste to paint when Jacques was just 13 years old. They went to Rome in 1624, breaking their journey in Lyons to work with Horace Le Blanc, the town's official painter. Jacques Blanchard went to Venice in 1626, and remained there for two years before going to Turin in 1628 to work for the Duke of Savoy. He married twice and had three children....


French, 17th century, male.

Born 1614 according to his death certificate, in Paris, in 1617 according to some sources; died 21 June 1689, in the Hôtel de Ville in Lyons.

Painter, draughtsman (including red chalk), engraver, architect, decorative designer. Historical subjects, mythological subjects, religious subjects, portraits, landscapes...


Flemish School, 15th – 16th century, male.

Active in Brussels.

Sculptor (wood). Religious furnishings (altars).

Brussels School.

Jan Borreman was the head of a famous studio in Brussels producing retables in a style that was flamboyant and, in its expressiveness, akin to the painting of Rogier Van der Weyden. In around ...


French, 18th century, male.

Born 29 September 1703, in Paris; died 30 May 1770, in Paris.

Painter, watercolourist, pastellist, draughtsman (including red chalk/ink/wash), illustrator, engraver, lithographer. Historical subjects, mythological subjects, religious subjects, allegorical subjects, portraits, rustic scenes, genre scenes, interiors with figures, animals, landscapes with figures, landscapes...


French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 30 November 1825, in La Rochelle; died 19 August 1905, in La Rochelle.

Painter, watercolourist, decorative designer, draughtsman. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects, mythological subjects, portraits, genre scenes. Wall decorations.

William Bouguereau was the son of a middle-class family of English origin. From 1832 to 1837 he lived with his uncle Eugène in the small town of Mortagne. His uncle recognised the boy's artistic talent and at the age of 13 allowed him to pursue his interest in painting and to attend art classes at school in Pons under the direction of Louis Sage, a former pupil of Ingres. Despite his son's obvious gift, William's father made him join the family business in Bordeaux but at the same time he enrolled at the municipal drawing and painting school and soon decided to become a painter. He was awarded first prize for figure painting in 1844 for his painting of ...


Swiss, 17th century, male.

Born 25 August 1661, in Basel; died 27 August 1691, in Basel.

Painter, decorative artist. Religious subjects, portraits.

Gregor Brandmüller studied under the portrait painter, Johann Caspar Meyer, subsequently joining Le Brun's studio in Paris in 1678. He collaborated with Le Brun on the decorations for the Château of Versailles and settled in Basel ...


British, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 13 May 1867, in Bruges, Belgium, to English parents; died 11 June 1956, in Ditchling.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, engraver, lithographer, illustrator. Religious subjects, figure compositions, figures, local scenes (carnival), rustic scenes, urban landscapes, architectural views, urban views, harbour scenes, seascapes...


French, 20th century, female.

Born 19 November 1889, in Verdun; died 25 June 1972.

Painter, draughtswoman, humorist artist, watercolourist, illustrator, designer. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, genre scenes. Church decoration, furniture, frescoes, designs for tapestry, posters, costumes.

The third child of Edouard Branly, a doctor, Elisabeth Branly trained with Claire Chevalet, as well as with Jacques Cancaret at the Académie Julian until ...


Bohemian School, 18th century, male.

Born 25 February 1684, in Otz (Tyrol), or in Sautens (Tyrol), according to some sources; died 15 February 1738, in Prague.

Sculptor, decorative designer. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects. Statues.

Mathias Bernard Braun established himself in Prague in 1710. Little is known of the early life of this Baroque sculptor. It is thought that he studied in Italy, where he was strongly influenced by the works of Bernini....


French, 20th century, male.

Born 18 November 1907, in Versailles; died 29 May 1990, in Paris.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, engraver (etching), lithographer, draughtsman (including ink), monotype artist, illustrator, decorative designer. Figures, portraits, scenes with figures, genre scenes, landscapes with figures, landscapes, architectural views, seascapes, still-lifes...


French, 19th century, male.

Born 18 August 1810, in Paris; died 29 March 1890.

Painter. Historical subjects, religious subjects, flowers. Murals, church decoration, decorative panels.

A pupil of Picot and Couder at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he won the Prix de Rome in ...


French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 11 February 1763, in Toulon; died 28 February 1831, in Toulon.

Sculptor, draughtsman, art restorer. Religious subjects, seascapes. Decorative schemes.

Brun first studied sculpture at the workshop of the Port of Toulon, before moving to Rome in 1782, where he spent six months perfecting his art with the Roman masters of the day. With no means to support himself, he eventually returned to France. Two years later, influential patrons secured him a grant from the King, enabling him to study in Italy for a further four years. Upon his return to Toulon in ...


French, 19th century, male.

Born 28 September 1823, in Montpellier; died 23 January 1889, in Paris.

Painter, draughtsman (including red chalk), watercolourist. Historical subjects, mythological subjects, religious subjects, portraits, figures, landscapes. Wall decorations.

Enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts on 1 October 1840 and studied under Picot. Cabanel was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1845 for his ...


Spanish, 19th century, male.

Born 31 October 1798, in Seville; died 1861, in Seville.

Painter, decorative designer. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes.

Antonio Cabral y Aguado Bejarano was appointed professor at the school of fine art in Seville in 1825. He was represented in the Seville exhibition in ...


Italian, 16th century, male.

Born 1492, in Caravaggio near Milan; died 1543, in Messina.

Painter, fresco artist, draughtsman, decorative designer. Mythological subjects, religious subjects, historical subjects, battles, portraits, landscapes. Ornaments.

Polidoro Caldara began work at a very young age; Vasari tells us that he was employed by artists, notably by Giovanni da Udine, and worked at the Vatican fetching and carrying materials for fresco painters. As a young apprentice he soon began to show a great aptitude for art, practising his skills in his free moments; his drawings caught the eye of Raphael, who took him on as a student. He worked so well under Raphael's guidance that the master commissioned him to paint some frescoes at the Vatican....


Swedish, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in Göteborg.

Born 1840, in Oerebro; died 1922.

Painter. Portraits, genre scenes, interiors with figures, church interiors. Wall decorations, designs for stained glass.

Karl Callmander studied in Stockholm, Düsseldorf, Antwerp, Paris and Munich. His repertoire consisted of genre scenes, portraits, wall and ceiling decorations and later a number of stained glass windows....


Italian, 15th century, male.

Active 1442-1509.

Born c. 1420, in Perugia; died c. 1505, in Perugia.

Painter, decorative artist, art restorer. Religious subjects. Banners, armorials.

Perugian School.

Bartolomeo Caporali was active between 1472 and 1499 in Perugia. Nothing is known of his training but from his first work, an ...


Belgian, 19th century, male.

Born 1822, in Liège; died 1892, in Liège.

Painter, decorative designer. Religious subjects.

Liège: One More Angel in Heaven