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Togolese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 12 February 1977, in Lomé.

Painter (mixed media).

Félix Agbokou studied under Sokey Edoth between 1996 and 1999. He abandoned realism in favour of depicting a fantasy world, and his paintings are spontaneous to the extent that they have no predefined theme. Painted at night and by candlelight, each series of paintings is directly inspired by its immediate surroundings: Lomé, Kouma, Abouri or Ghana. Agbokou uses materials that come readily to hand - leaves of indigenous plants or the bark of local trees - and mixes them with acrylic paint, outlining his forms and individual colours with a black line obtained from a mixture of coconut milk and old nails. His work has featured at group exhibitions, including the ...

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Swedish, 20th century, male.

Born 1944, in Göteborg.

Painter.

After starting out doing collages in 1966, Gert Aspelin turned to Realist paintings with a didactic purpose. He has exhibited regularly, in solo and collective shows in Stockhom, since 1966.

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(b Geneva, Feb 25, 1872; d Lausanne, Jan 1, 1938).

Swiss painter and multimedia artist . From 1890/91 she studied under Hugues Bovy (1841–1903) and Denise Sarkissof at the Ecole d’Art in Geneva. A travel scholarship enabled her to study in Munich for a year. From 1904 until the outbreak of World War I Bailly lived in Paris, where she associated with Cubist artists, including Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, Fernand Léger, Marie Laurencin and Sonia Lewitska (1882–1914). From 1905 to 1926 she exhibited regularly at the Salon d’Automne. From 1906 to 1910 her work was influenced by Fauvism, and from 1910 she became interested in Cubism and Futurism: Equestrian Fantasy with Pink Lady (1913; Zurich, Gal. Strunskaja) is reminiscent of the work of Gino Severini or Franz Marc in its rhythmic movement and planar fragmentation of horses and riders into coloured patterns. Other paintings of this period that are also indebted to these movements include ...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Also active in France.

Born 1 January 1888, in Kherson; died 1944, deported to a concentration camp during World War II.

Painter (including gouache/mixed media), sculptor.

Symbolism, Orphism.

After his secondary school studies in Odessa, Baranoff-Rossiné studied at the Academy of Art in St Petersburg from 1903 to 1907. He devoted himself to a career in painting. From 1907 to 1910, he exhibited with various groups including...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1943, in Plougoumelen.

Sculptor, painter (mixed media).

Bauduin's sculptures, which have a clear geometric tendency, are often realised in plastic materials, such as synthetic resins, and in metal. Bauduin has taken part in group exhibitions, including: Salon des Grands et Jeunes d'Aujourd'hui, Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Salon de Mai. He took part in ...

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Dutch, 19th century, male.

Born 11 June 1820, in Rotterdam; died 8 October 1860, in New York.

Painter (mixed media), draughtsman. Landscapes, landscapes with figures, seascapes.

For three years Albertus van Beest accompanied Prince Henry of the Netherlands during his travels in the Far East. He was primarily a painter of shore and river scenes, and is particularly known for his drawings in red chalk, Indian ink, sepia and wash. His approach was bold and simplified, giving it a very modern look....

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Italian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 13 October 1840, in Monza (Lombardy); died 15 May 1904, in Milan.

Painter (including mixed media), watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman. History painting, figures, portraits, genre scenes, still-lifes, landscapes, seascapes, church interiors.

Mosè di Giosue Bianchi studied under Giuseppe Bertini at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. He travelled in the course of his studies to Rome, Venice and Paris (where he exhibited successfully for the first time in ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 26 March 1946, in Le Havre.

Sculptor, painter (mixed media). Low reliefs.

Bosser lives and works in Paris. He realises abstract works on paper, as well as low reliefs revealing the roughness of the material used.

He has taken part in group exhibitions, including: ...

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British, 19th – 20th century, female.

Born 11 November 1850; died 1927.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtswoman (mixed media).

Symbolism.

Pre-Raphaelite.

Catherine Madox Brown studied painting with her father, Ford Madox Brown, as did her sister Lucy and her brother Oliver, and she very soon began exhibiting her work at the Royal Academy, the Dudley Gallery and at other venues in London in ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1877, in Gardner (Massachusetts); died 1970.

Painter (gouache/mixed media), illustrator. Landscapes with figures.

Harrison Cady lived for many years with his father, who was a naturalist, and made close studies of animals and insects. He worked as an illustrator for ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 6 August 1955, in Saarbrücken, Germany, to French parents.

Painter (mixed media).

Laurent Chabolle studied arts and crafts in Paris. He lives and works in the Yonne region and has shown examples of his work at group exhibitions, including at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles (...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1951, in Bronxville (New York).

Painter, collage artist.

Roy Dowell studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland (1969-71), and at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, where he was awarded a bachelor's degree in ...

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Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 6 December 1926, in Deinze.

Painter (mixed media).

Lucien van den Driessche taught himself to paint. He adds all sorts of different elements and objects to his paintings, taking his inspiration from the New Realist practice of appropriating reality.

His work stands at the crossroads between abstraction and figuration. He places shapes which are more or less geometric inside empty spaces in irregular heaps, so that they evoke imaginary planets. He emphasises the fantasy atmosphere with emphatic use of purple and silver....

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British, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1866, in Dundee, Scotland; died 1945, in Edinburgh.

Painter (including gouache/mixed media), watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator. History painting, mythological subjects, genre scenes, landscapes, seascapes. Murals, designs for stained glass.

John McKirdy Duncan studied at the Dundee School of Art and then spent three years in London before leaving for Antwerp and Düsseldorf. During his time on the continent he spent a winter in Rome and developed a deep admiration for the work of Michelangelo. When he returned to Dundee he became a member of the Graphic Arts Association. From ...

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Austrian, 19th century, male.

Born 19 August 1864, in Vienna; died 19 December 1941.

Painter (including mixed media), watercolourist, sculptor, draughtsman. Portraits, genre scenes, landscapes.

This artist was a pupil at the Munich academy in the studio of Löfftz and subsequently lived in Vienna. He exhibited in Munich and Berlin from ...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 14 December 1958, in Antwerp.

Draughtsman, watercolourist, installation artist, performance artist, director, scenographer, film writer.

Jan Fabre attended the art academy and the arts and crafts institute in Antwerp. He is a visual artist, but also a choreographer, dancer and playwright (his first play was written in ...

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British, 19th century, male.

Born 25 November 1832, in London; died after 1906, in London.

Watercolourist, painter (gouache/mixed media), illustrator. Genre scenes, landscapes.

Symbolism.

Almost nothing is known of Fitzgerald's life, and the exact date of his death remains uncertain. He lived on Moore Park Road in Fulham, West London, in ...

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Austrian, 20th century, male.

Born 1930, in Vienna.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver, illustrator, sculptor, collage artist, decorative designer. Scenes with figures, figures. Stage sets.

Groups: Hundsgruppe (Dog’s group), Phantastischer Realismus group.

Ernst Fuchs enrolled at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna in 1945. From 1946 to 1950, he was a pupil of Gütersloh, whom Salvador Dalí considered the most important painter of his time (after himself). In around 1950, he was one of the founders of the Viennese ...

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Latvian, 20th century, male.

Born 24 October 1962, in Riga, Latvian SSR (now Latvia).

Painter, graphic artist, multimedia artist. Allegorical subjects, abstraction and portraiture. Sculptural objects, conceptual installations.

Of the generation that came of age during Latvia’s transition from Soviet occupation to political independence, Kristaps Ģelzis distinguished himself as the most cerebral of that nation’s artists while, paradoxically, anchoring his work in intrinsic properties of base materials, the timelessness of simple forms, and labour-intensive craft. The son and younger brother of renowned architects, Ģelzis resolved to pursue another creative vocation, first studying violin while attending Riga’s 50th Secondary School, then taking preparatory classes for the Latvian Art Academy in lieu of attending the art high school. As a student in the academy’s department of graphic art ...

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Israeli, 20th century, male.

Born 1936, in Tel Aviv.

Painter (mixed media).

Symbolism.

From 1960 to 1964, Gershuni studied at the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv. He won the Ika Brown Prize, awarded by the Museum of Israel in Jerusalem and in 1982 the Sandberg Prize, awarded by the same institution. He has taken part in numerous exhibitions in museums in Israel, which he represented at the Venice Biennale. In ...