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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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French, 20th century, female.

Painter, illustrator. Figures, fruit. Stage costumes and sets.

A graduate of the École des Arts appliqués, Géraldine Allier started out as a graphic illustrator in the advertising and publishing industries. With the help of Louis Bercut, with whom she worked for several years, she then started making her own sets and costumes: ...

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German, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1960.

Born 1934, in Bad Bellingen.

Painter (including gouache), performance artist, watercolourist, engraver (etching), monotype artist, draughtsman. Stage sets, artists' books, posters.

Hermann Amann is very active. He has published written works and given numerous lectures on painting. As a painter, he produces very colourful, very musical works, with a dynamic rhythm, made up of geometric figures in thick lines or black rings, biomorphic forms and graphic signs. He also produces engravings (etchings and monotypes), artists' books ( ...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Also active in France.

Born 11 July 1889, in Petropavlosk (Kamchatka); died 1974, in Paris.

Painter, collage artist, sculptor, illustrator, draughtsman. Stage costumes and sets, film sets.

The son of a political exile in Kamchatka, Yuri Annenkov was able to go to St Petersburg in 1898 and study at the school of fine art and at several artists’ workshops between 1908 and 1911, developing a passion for the theatre and theatrical production. He went to Paris in 1911 and studied with Maurice Denis and Félix Vallotton and then went to Switzerland in 1913. He exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris in 1912 and 1913 and then returned to Russia where he joined the...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1882, in Nantes; died 1932.

Painter (gouache), watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator, stylist. Figures, portraits, landscapes. Stage costumes and sets.

Art Deco.

On the suggestion of his friends Lesage and Broca, Georges Barbier studied with Jean-Paul Laurens. He was to work mainly for the theatre and the cinema, designing costumes and sets. He was responsible for Rudolph Valentino's costumes in the film ...

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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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French, 20th century, male.

Born 20 August 1902, in Paris; died 11 February 1949, in Paris.

Painter (including gouache), pastellist, watercolourist, collage artist, draughtsman, illustrator. Nudes, portraits, genre scenes. Stage costumes and sets.

Bérard studied at the Académie Ranson in Paris in 1920. He was influenced by the graphic art of Maurice Denis, and by the sense of colour he found in the work of both Bonnard and Vuillard. He quickly discovered a passion for stage design and costumes, through theatrical friends such as Louis Jouvet, Boris Kochno and Jean Cocteau. The composer Francis Poulenc dedicated his ...

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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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Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 1920.

Painter (including gouache), draughtsman, engraver, illustrator, decorative designer. Stage costumes and sets, postage stamps.

Oscar Bonnevalle studied at the Ghent academy and went on to produce postage stamp designs which demonstrate a genuine feeling for realism and traditional folklore....

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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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Greek, 20th century, male.

Born 1893, in Athens; died 1972.

Painter, draughtsman (charcoal), illustrator. Scenes with figures, landscapes. Posters, murals, stage costumes and sets.

Nuagisme.

Pericles Byzantios studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and returned to Greece in 1916. Early on, Byzantios was influenced by Bonnard and Vuillard. He used a broad stroke, softly animated lighting, and a pleasing palette of ochres and blues. His charcoal and pencil sketches allowed him to achieve an almost Expressionist line in his depiction of elegant women and Parisian passers by....

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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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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1929, in Brooklyn (New York City).

Illustrator, graphic designer, theatre director. Stage costumes.

Remy Charlip studied at Black Mountain College. He became a professor at the University of California and settled in San Francisco. He is also a dancer and choreographer who worked for 11 years with the Merce Cunningham Company as a dancer, stylist and set designer. He has won numerous prizes, including the Boston Globe - Horn Book, two Obie Awards and three Isadora Duncan Awards. He has also been laureate of the San Francisco Public Library. For three years running, his books were recognised by the ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 25 March 1897, in Paris; died 12 July 1981, in St-Germain-en-Laye.

Painter, engraver, illustrator. Scenes with figures, landscapes, still-lifes. Designs for tapestries, stage costumes and sets.

Roger Chastel's father was a banker and a collector. In 1914, he entered the Atelier Cormon at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, which he left quite quickly for the Atelier Jean-Paul-Laurens at the Académie Privée Julian. Having been drafted in 1916, he was discharged in 1919 and enrolled at the Académie Ranson. At the same time, encouraged by the caricaturist Sem, he was commissioned to produce fashion designs and cartoons for magazines, including the leading contemporary French fashion magazine ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 8 March 1911, in Paris.

Painter, illustrator. Landscapes with figures. Stage costumes and sets.

Chauffrey travelled in Spain, Italy, Greece, the USA and Morocco; he brought back personal studies from these countries. He exhibited regularly in Paris, at the Salon d'Automne, the Salon de Mai and the Salon des Tuileries. Chauffrey created the sets and costumes for ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 13 December 1904, in Meynes; died 21 June 1977, in Paris.

Painter (gouache), engraver, illustrator. Figure compositions, still-lifes, landscapes, landscapes with figures. Murals, designs for tapestries, stage costumes and sets.

Lucien Coutaud was the great-grandson of a Provençal cabinet-maker, some of whose works are housed at the Musée d'Arlaten. His careful, meticulous approach, particularly in his own engraving work, also came from his father, a goldsmith, who taught him his craft. From 1920, for four years, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nîmes where he was taught by Armand Coussens. In 1924 he left for Paris, where he attended the Académies Libres in Montparnasse and enrolled at the École des Arts Décoratifs. In 1952 he discovered the region of Normandy and bought a house near Villerville. Its name, the 'Cheval de Brique' (Brick Horse), would be given to the period of artistic activity lasting until 1976. He received the Prix Daumier de la Gravure in 1952 and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur in 1957, then Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 1958....

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1 May 1916, in Hanoi, Vietnam; died 1988.

Painter, engraver (wood/copper), illustrator. Murals, designs for mosaics, stage costumes and sets, posters, comic strips, decorative designs, medals, postage stamps.

After studying at the school of fine arts in Hanoi in 1935...

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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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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1885; died 1961.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator. Figures, portraits, still-lifes. Stage costumes and sets.

Étienne Drian worked on several magazines, including the fashion magazine La Gazette du Bon Ton before 1914; then Fémina, L'Illustration, Flirt. He illustrated several books including ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1886 or 1890, in Excideuil (Dordogne); died 1967 or 1973.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator, designer. Landscapes. Stage costumes and sets, designs for fabrics.

Pierre Henri Dumas won first place in the National Art Workers' Competition ( Concours National des Ouvriers d'Art...