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Russian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active also active in France.

Born 1870, in St Petersburg; died 1960, in Paris.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator, decorative designer, writer.

Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) group.

Aleksander was the brother of Albert Nikolaevich Benois. He studied law, and then painting, in St Petersburg, before going on to Paris for further arts studies. In St Petersburg in 1909, he exhibited a series of paintings entitled, ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 1898, in St-Nazaire; died 1964, in Étables-sur-Mer.

Painter, engraver (wood), illustrator, ethnologist. Genre scenes, local scenes, seascapes. Designs for jewellery, furniture.

Ar Seiz Breur.

René Yves Creston trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nantes in 1919, then at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in ...


French, 19th century, male.

Born 16 May 1853 in Paris; died 25 May 1909, on board the steamship Principe di Udine en route to Buenos Aires.

Active in France and Italy.

Painter, decorator, watercolourist, illustrator, writer. Portraits.

The son of the history painter Edouard Dubufe (1820–1883) and the sculptor Juliette Zimmermann, Guillame Dubufe was a successful portraitist and decorative painter, exploiting the late-19th-century taste for rococo. He was taught by his father and by Alexis-Joseph Mazerolle (1826–1889). He executed decorative schemes for the Comédie-Française (Foyer ceiling) in 1885, the Hotel de Ville (Galerie Lobau) in 1891, Palais de l’ Élysée (Salle des Fêtes) in 1894, Sorbonne (Library) in 1896 and Gare de Lyon (Le train bleu restaurant) in 1900. He also worked as an illustrator and wrote ...


German, 20th century, male.

Born 12 April 1871, in Berlin; died 15 April 1925, in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland).

Draughtsman, architect, decorative artist, designer, illustrator, author. Furniture, jewellery, lamps, art objects.


Deutscher Werkbund.

In Munich, August Endell studied philosophy, art history, aesthetics and psychology, notably a course run by Theodor Lipp on the psychological effect of the perception of lines and forms. There, in ...


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 ...


Swiss, 20th century, male.

Active from 1953 also active in France.

Born 21 February 1909, in Lucerne; died 21 March 2015.

Painter, engraver, lithographer, ceramicist, sculptor, illustrator, decorative designer, writer. Murals, designs for mosaics.

Groups: Die Allianz, Abstraction-Creation.

The son of a mechanic, at the outset Hans Erni was a technical draughstman in an architect's studio. He attended the school of arts and crafts in Lucerne between 1927 and 1928, and the Académie Julian in Paris from 1928 to 1929. Between 1929 and 1930 he was at the Vereinigte Staatschule für Freie und Angewandte Kunst (school of applied arts) in Berlin. During his numerous stays in Paris he was in contact with Arp, Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Wassily Kandinsky and Henry Moore among others. He was also strongly influenced by the work of Picasso and Braque. He joined the group...


Turkish, 20th century, male.

Born 1911 or 1913, in Trabzon; died 1975.

Painter, illustrator, decorative artist, poet. Genre scenes, landscapes. Wall decorations.

Bedri Eyuboglu studied painting in Istanbul and at the André Lhote academy in Paris. A distant follower of Matisse and Dufy, he was basically a modernist, although at the same time he was also heir to the tradition of ancient oriental miniaturists. He was a notable illustrator, and carried out several mural decorations in Turkey....


French, 19th century, male.

Born 1 April 1822, in Paris, to Italian parents; died 1 December 1904, in Menton-Caravan (Alpes-Maritimes).

Painter (gouache), engraver, draughtsman, illustrator, decorative artist, writer, watercolourist. Genre scenes, natural history (animals/birds/insects).

Giacomelli served his apprenticeship with a Parisian goldsmith before going on to work as an engraver of precious stones. In ...


American, 20th century, male.

Active since 1969 also in France.

Born 1905, in New York.

Painter, illustrator, decorative designer, writer. Figures, landscapes, flowers.

After various courses of study in New York, Harold M. Le Roy attended the studio of Hans Hoffman, Brooklyn Museum art school and that of the Art Students' League. He spent part of his childhood in Paris, where his father had a studio and a business in artificial flowers. He worked in the 1930s as a designer of décor and of clothes. He also contributed to fashion magazines and was a writer. He lived and worked both in France and in the USA....


German, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 2 October 1865, in Münster; died 8 October 1937, in Raron (Valais, Switzerland).

Painter (including glass), pastellist, illustrator, draughtsman, decorative designer, graphic designer, writer, publisher.

Melchior Lechter was initially apprenticed to a painter of cartoons for stained-glass windows in Münster, before enrolling at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin in ...


German, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 25 October 1865, in Bromberg (now Bydgoszcz, Poland); died 24 July 1908, in Schlachtensee (Berlin).

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, draughtsman, engraver, illustrator, decorative designer, writer. Landscapes, landscapes with figures, waterscapes. Posters, designs for carpets, designs for tapestries, designs (wallpapers/book-binding)...


Italian, 19th century, male.

Born 28 August 1780, in Pistoia; died 1854.

Painter, fresco artist, illustrator, art writer. Historical subjects, portraits. Wall decorations, church decoration.

Niccolo Monti studied and lived in Florence. In 1818, he travelled to Poland at the invitation of Paul Cieszkovski to decorate the latter's palace and church. He remained in Poland for two years, and during this time painted five frescoes for the palace and three ceilings, one of which represents the ...


Norwegian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 29 July 1849, in Elverum; died 15 January 1929, in Oslo.

Painter, designer, illustrator, art writer. Local scenes, landscapes. Designs for tapestries and stained glass windows.

Gerhard Munthe initially studied under Eckersberg and Morten Muller in Christiania (now Oslo) in the spring of 1870. He continued his training in Düsseldorf in autumn 1874 and in Munich in 1877. He had two stays in Paris which converted him to Impressionism and the Realism of the painters of the Barbizon School. He followed Christian Krohg and Erik Werenskjold in their forthright efforts to bring modern issues into art. In 2001 his work was shown at the exhibition ...


German, 20th century, male.

Born 12 October 1875, in Lahr; died 7 November 1942, in Meersburg.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator, graphic designer, decorative designer, poet. Genre scenes, figures, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes (flowers/fruit). Designs (typefaces).

Emil Weiss was a pupil of Robert Poetzelberger, Karl Walter Leopold von Kalckreuth and Hans Thoma at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe (...


Polish, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 15 January 1869, in Cracow; died 28 November 1907, in Cracow.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver, pastellist, illustrator, designer, poet, writer. Portraits, figures, figure compositions, landscapes. Designs for stained glass, stage sets, furniture.

Neo-Romanticism, Symbolism, Japonisme.

Stanislaw Wyspianski was the son of the sculptor Franc Wyspianski and he studied at academy in Cracow with Jan Matejko ...