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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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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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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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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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Valerio Rivosecchi

(b Faenza, Aug 4, 1909; d Rome, April 5, 1981).

Italian painter, illustrator and stage designer. He began his training in Faenza in the workshop of the Italian painter and ceramicist Mario Ortolani (1901–55). After living briefly in Bologna (1927) and Paris (1928) he settled in Rome in 1929, first exhibiting his work at the Venice Biennale in the following year. His paintings at this time, such as Nude (Susanna after her Bath) (1929; Faenza, Pin. Com.), were characterized by an emphasis on tonal relationships and on the influence of the Scuola Romana. In 1934 he began to work with growing success as an illustrator for the journals Quadrivio and Italia letteraria. The contacts he established with Paris were intensified with his move there in 1947, resulting in three one-man shows at the Galerie Rive Gauche (in 1950, 1953 and 1957), and in his paintings he evolved a cautious balance between the representation and the disassembling of the image. Some of his best-known series of paintings date from this time, including his ...

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French, 19th century, male.

Born 1827, in Épineuil (Yonne); died 1892, in St-Mandé (Val-de-Marne).

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator. Figures, scenes with figures. Stage costumes.

Employed on the railway at Lyons, Grévin started on the Journal Amusant and on the Petit Journal pour Rire...

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French, 20th century, female.

Designer, illustrator. Stage sets, stage costumes.

Sylviane Jouenne studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She has produced and collaborated on numerous stage sets, maquettes, costumes and masks for the ballets of Maurice Béjart. She also illustrates children's books and has exhibited at salons....

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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, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1 November 1853, in Paris; died 7 October 1940, in Paris.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, engraver, illustrator, stage set designer. Historical subjects, figures, scenes with figures, genre scenes, costume studies. Fans.

Maurice Leloir was the son of Jean-Baptiste Auguste Leloir and the watercolourist Héloïse Colin, and the brother of Alexandre Louis Leloir. He was taught by his grandfather, Alexandre Colin, his parents and his elder brother....

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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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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 ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 25 July 1894, in Besançon.

Painter, engraver, illustrator, lithographer, art writer. Murals, stage sets, stage costumes, posters.

Pierre Noury was a pupil of J.-P. Laurens at the Académie Julian in Paris. He first exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français, then from ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1930, in Strasbourg; died 1961 or 1965.

Painter, lithographer, illustrator. Stage sets, stage costumes.

Jacques Pajak attended at the École d'Architecture in Strasbourg in 1948 and studied cinematography in 1951. From 1960 he spent much of his time working on graphic works and industrial aesthetics. In ...

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British, 20th century, female.

Born 26 August 1885, in Cambridge; died 11 February 1957, in Cambridge.

Draughtswoman, illustrator, costume designer, stage designer.

Gwen Raverat was the granddaughter of Charles Darwin; she married the French draughtsman Jacques Raverat in 1911. She was influenced by Eric Gill. In ...

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Romanian, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1957.

Born 14 October 1909, in Bârlad; died 17 May 1982, in Neuilly, France.

Painter (including gouache), draughtsman, watercolourist, illustrator, stage set designer. Figures, nudes, portraits, interiors with figures, landscapes, still-lifes, flowers. Stage costumes, sets.

After training with a Bucharest painter, Siegfried went to Paris, where he studied painting at the Académie d'André Lhote, and theatre décor under Natalya Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov. From ...