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French, 19th century, male.

Born 7 October 1797, in Paris; died 14 September 1871, in Paris.

Painter, draughtsman. Religious subjects, landscapes, landscapes with figures, architectural views. Stage sets, church decoration.

Barbizon School.

A pupil of Bidauld, Ingres and Girodet-Trioson at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, François Bertin exhibited at the salon quite regularly from 1827 to 1853. He was the son of the founder of the ...


French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 2 February 1823, in Paris; died 1907, in Paris.

Painter, watercolourist, designer. Church interiors, landscapes, urban landscapes, architectural views. Stage sets.

Philippe Chaperon was set designer at the Opéra in Paris, producing most of the sets for French subsidised theatres, as well as the main theatres in France and abroad and the Expositions Universelles. He painted watercolours based on nature. He was the father of Eugène and Émile Chaperon, who took over from him....


Italian, 19th century, male.

Born 8 September 1833, in Milan; died 11 May 1907, in Milan.

Painter, watercolourist. Landscapes, architectural views, church interiors. Stage sets, theatre decoration.

In 1867 Carlo Ferrario decorated La Scala in Milan, and also designed stage sets there, particularly for the works of Verdi. From ...


Italian, 19th century, male.

Born 1829, in Bologna; died 1895, in Pesaro (Marche).

Painter, fresco artist, decorative designer. Landscapes, still-lifes (flowers/fruit). Frescoes, stage sets, church decoration, murals.

Augusto Ferri was the son of Domenico Ferri. After a trip to Paris with his father, he was taken on as a painter at the Teatro Regio in Turin. He spent time in Madrid too, designing sets for numerous operas. He also painted decorative frescoes in many churches, palaces and cafes in Madrid, Barcelona and Valladolid. Ferri is known in Turin for his decorative works in the palace of the Duke of Aosta....


French, 20th century, male.

Born 19 September 1913, in Paris.

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


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 ...


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...


Polish, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1732 (1730 ?), in Warsaw; died 23 August 1817, in Warsaw.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative artist. Historical subjects, portraits. Church decoration, murals, stage sets.

Jan Plersch studied in Augsburg with Goetz and then went to Vienna where he worked at the academy of fine arts. Plersch is known for his portraits of Polish kings and he also decorated Lazienki Palace in Warsaw with pilasters and painted three of its ceilings. He is known for his painting of ...


British, 19th century, male.

Born 24 October 1796, in Edinburgh; died 25 November 1864, in London.

Painter, watercolourist, lithographer, designer. Landscapes, urban landscapes, architectural views, church interiors, interiors, ruins. Stage sets.


David Roberts came from a humble background and was initially apprenticed to a painter-decorator, but soon turned his hand to stage set design. In ...


French, 19th century, male.

Active in Marseilles.

Born c. 1803; died 1858, in Cavalat, near Vignan (Gard).

Painter. Religious subjects. Stage sets.

Roche-Latilla taught F.M. Cailhol.


French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 27 May 1871, in Paris, France; died 13 February 1958, in Paris.

Painter (gouache), watercolourist, engraver, potter. Religious subjects, figures, landscapes. Stage sets, designs for stained glass, designs for tapestries.

Georges Rouault completed his primary education in 1885 and was apprenticed to stained-glass artists – first the Tamonis, then Hirsch. He received a direct offer from Albert Besnard for stained-glass windows for the School of Pharmacy to be made from his design sketches, but he refused out of loyalty to his employer. He was encouraged to consider painting as a career, having been introduced to the appreciation of art by his grandfather, Alexandre Champdavoine, who, modest white-collar worker though he was, knew and admired Honoré Daumier, Gustave Courbet, and Édouard Manet. Rouault achieved entry to the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1891, first in Elie Delaunay’s studio, then in Gustave Moreau’s (where he met Henri Matisse, Albert Marquet, Rudolf Lehmann, Henri Evenepoel, and others). Though he failed twice at the Prix de Rome, he won the Prix Chenavard in 1894 and, by 1900, he had obtained a mention and a bronze medal. In 1903, as Gustave Moreau’s executor, he became the curator of the Musée Gustave Moreau in Paris....


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.


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 ...


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 ...


Portuguese, 19th century, male.

Born 1859; died 1931.

Painter. Waterscapes, seascapes, church interiors. Stage sets.

João Vaz studied at the school of fine arts in Lisbon and under Silva Porto. In 1878 he visited Madrid and Paris. He joined the Grupo do Leão and exhibited with the group ...