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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1900, in Marciana Marina (Livorno); died 1971, in Milan.

Painter, ceramicist, illustrator, scenographer, writer. Stage costumes.

Futurism.

Giovanni Acquaviva studied philosophy and law at the University of Pisa, while devoting himself to illustration at the same time. He founded the Futurist group ...

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Russian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 10 May 1866, in St Petersburg; died 28 December 1924, in Paris.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator. Portraits, nudes, genre scenes, landscapes, seascapes. Stage sets, stage costumes, posters.

Symbolism, Art Nouveau.

Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) group...

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British, 20th century, male.

Born 1904; died 1980.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, draughtsman (including ink), illustrator, designer, photographer. Portraits, landscapes. Stage sets, stage costumes.

Sir Cecil Beaton was influenced, in the first half of the 20th century, by the Russian ballets of Diaghilev and the fashionable world surrounding Coco Chanel. He was particularly known as a theatrical costume designer, for the famous musical comedies ...

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Danish, 20th century, male.

Active from 1947 active in France.

Born 20 or 29 May 1924, in Kolding; died 21 October 1999, in Paris.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, engraver, illustrator, newspaper cartoonist. Stage sets, stage costumes.

Lars Bo was the son of an architect and painter who duly followed in his father's footsteps. His earliest drawings were of animals of every description. He enrolled at the academy of applied arts in Copenhagen in ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 3 September 1921, in La Baule.

Painter, lithographer, illustrator. Scenes with figures, portraits, nudes, landscapes, still-lifes. Stage sets, stage costumes, church decoration.

Jean Bruneau was a student at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nantes from 1938 to 1945 and won the Prix de la Ville de Nantes in his final year. In ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 8 August 1927, in Palermo.

Painter, watercolourist, pastellist, draughtsman, illustrator. Figure compositions, figures. Stage sets, stage costumes.

Bruno Caruso edited the Sicilia review from 1953 to 1956, and worked on numerous other publications, including Graphis, Fortune and Du, providing both drawings and articles. From ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 24 August 1904, in Paris; died 30 March 1992, in Paris.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator. Scenes with figures, figures, landscapes, mountainscapes, seascapes, still-lifes, flowers, fruit, boats. Murals, designs for tapestries, stage sets, stage costumes.

Chapelain-Midy attended the Lycée Louis-le-Grand and then entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He only stayed there for four months, in Cormon's studio, before choosing to enrol in an art academy in Montparnasse, where he received tuition from Charles Guérin, André Favory and Picart-le-Doux. In 1930, during a trip to Italy, he discovered 'modernity' in the work of Piero della Francesca, which had a particular influence on him. On his return, he worked on a number of wall decorations, notably at the Mairie in the 4th Paris arrondissement, the foyer of the Théâtre du Palais de Chaillot in 1937, and the Institut National Agronomique and the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle in 1938. He collaborated on other decorations, including the Lycée d'Enghien, the Préfecture in Mézières, the Lycée de la Folie St-James at Neuilly, the Palais des Congrès in Versailles, the Faculté des Sciences in Rennes, and the garden at the Nouvelle Faculté des Sciences in Paris, as well as the ferries ...

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Egyptian, 20th century, male.

Born 1940, in Cairo.

Painter, watercolourist, illustrator, decorative artist. Decorative motifs. Stage costumes and sets, designs for jewellery.

A pupil at the Académie Julian, the École des Arts Decoratifs and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Georges Doche went on to show his work in several public exhibitions and, in particular, at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants in Paris, as well as at several private galleries in Geneva, Tokyo and London. He had a number of solo exhibitions, including in Paris (...

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Born 1910, in Athens; died 1985.

Painter, illustrator, decorative designer, poet. Mythological subjects, genre scenes, urban landscapes. Stage sets, stage costumes, icons.

Nico Engonopoulos spent his childhood in Istanbul, then known as Constantinople. After an aimless stay in Paris, he studied at the school of fine art in Athens ...

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Erté  

Russian, 20th century, male.

Active from 1910 in France.

Born 1892, in St Petersburg; died 21 April 1990, in Paris.

Painter (including gouache), sculptor, draughtsman, illustrator, stylist, decorative designer. Stage costumes and sets, designs for jewellery, furniture.

Art Deco.

The son of an admiral in the Imperial navy, Erté was a pupil of Ilya Repin in St Petersburg. He went to Paris at the age of eighteen, apparently attended the Académie Julian and was admitted to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Jean-Paul Laurens' workshop. He began his career in 1913 with the couturier Paul Poiret. From that year onwards, he designed stage costumes for Mata-Hari, Mistinguett and Gaby Deslys and in 1914 he worked for the journals ...

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Spanish, 20th century, male.

Active also active in France.

Born 5 February 1897, in Murcia; died 1967, in Paris (?).

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, pastellist, engraver (etching), draughtsman, illustrator. Figure compositions, figures, bullfighting scenes, harbour views. Church decoration, stage sets, stage costumes.

Following the collapse of the family business, Pedro Flores was allowed to leave school and study drawing at the Friends of Murcia academy where he was awarded the Government of Murcia Prize for Painting at a very young age. He also appears to have studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid. In ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 14 April 1886 or or, in Paris; died April 1953.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, humorist, illustrator. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes with figures, landscapes, still-lifes, flowers. Stage sets, stage costumes.

André Foy began his career by producing drawings for various humorous French newpapers and the London ...

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British, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA since 1975.

Born 9 July 1937, in Bradford (West Yorkshire).

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, collage artist, draughtsman, engraver (etching/aquatint), lithographer, illustrator, draughtsman, photographer. Portraits, scenes with figures, interiors with figures, landscapes, still-lifes. Stage sets, stage costumes, painted ceramics...

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Russian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active from 1923 in France.

Born 23 November 1861, in Moscow; died 11 September 1939, in Paris.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, illustrator, decorative artist, architect. Scenes with figures, rural landscapes, urban landscapes, harbour scenes, still lifes, flowers.

Stage sets, stage costumes...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 9 March 1905, in Marchiennes (Nord); died 27 January 1982, in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

Painter (including gouache), draughtsman (ink), illustrator, designer. Mythological subjects, nudes, scenes with figures, animals. Stage sets, stage costumes.

Félix Labisse taught himself to paint and was influenced in his early career by James Ensor, whom he met in Ostend. He visited Paris in 1932 and 1940. Fascinated by Brazilian magic, nature and mulatto women, he regularly visited Brazil, going there seven times between 1950 and 1967. In 1951 he moved to Neuilly-sur-Seine....

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 4 February 1881, in Argentan; died 18 August 1955, in Gif-sur-Yvette.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, ceramicist, illustrator, mosaicist, designer, film producer. Designs for tapestries, designs for stained glass, stage sets, stage costumes.

Puteaux Group, Section d’Or, Association of Revolutionary Writers and Artists, Espace...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 26 June 1887, in Paris; died 15 February 1971, in Bonneval, near Chartres.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator, designer. Figures, portraits, scenes with figures, flowers. Wall decorations, stage costumes, posters.

Georges Lepape was a pupil in the studio of Fernand Humbert in Paris. He met Braque, Picabia and Marie Laurencin, and he then studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Fernand Cormon's studio. In ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 6 July 1904, in Paris; died 14 April 1957, in Antibes.

Painter, draughtsman, lithographer, illustrator. Portraits, landscapes. Stage sets, stage costumes.

Maurice van Moppes began to draw for various magazines from an early age and made his debut in painting in ...

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Czech, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 24 August 1860, in Ivancice; died 14 July 1939, in Prague.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, pastellist, draughtsman, illustrator, lithographer, poster artist. Historical subjects, allegorical subjects, figures, portraits, costume studies. Murals, stage costumes and sets, coats of arms, designs (jewels/postage stamps/banknotes/furniture)...

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Néstor  

Spanish, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 7 February 1887, in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria; died 6 February 1938, in Las Palmas.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, engraver, illustrator, scenographer. Figure compositions, scenes with figures, figures, nudes, portraits, animals. Murals, stage sets, stage costumes, theatre decoration.

Symbolism.

From a very early age Néstor showed signs of being gifted in drawing and painting and in this he was encouraged by his mother. From ...