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French, 20th century, male.

Active in Algeria, France and Canada.

Born 1923, in Douera (Algeria).

Painter, illustrator. Portraits.

Symbolism.

Maurice Assier's early artistic leanings were towards music. He then took classes at the École des Beaux-Arts in Algiers. After 1945 he illustrated books and exhibited at the Salon du Livre in Algiers in ...

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Kirk Ambrose

Lithuanian art historian, scholar of folklore and Egyptology, and diplomat of Russian birth. Son of the celebrated Lithuanian Symbolist poet of the same name, Jurgis Baltrušaitis II studied under Henri(-Joseph) Focillon at the Sorbonne and earned the PhD in 1931. The concerns of his mentor are evident in ...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1958, in Kitega, Burundi.

Painter, pastellist. Figures, nudes, scenes with figures, animals.

Symbolism.

Hendrik van den Bossche trained at the academies in Berchem and Antwerp, and the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, where he was appointed to teach drawing. Aiming at symbolism, he sometimes contrasts real and abstract in his compositions....

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 19 January 1913, in Ben Chicao, Algeria; died 4 November 1997, in Clermont-Ferrand.

Painter, lithographer, writer.

Symbolism.

School of Algiers.

René-Jean Clot was a painter prior to becoming a well-known writer. He spent three years studying law in Algiers before moving to Paris, where he was a pupil of Gromaire, Othon Friesz and Despiau at the Académie Scandinave. During this period, his ...

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Moroccan, 20th century, male.

Born 1924, near Marrakech.

Painter. Figures.

Symbolism.

The absence of figurative representation in much traditional Islamic art is less the result of a religious ban than a symptom of the religion's symbolic relationship with the world. Drissi's painting is characterised by this ambiguity: in painting figures in given situations, he nevertheless strips them of their bodily appearance, creating strictly hieratic shapes cloaked either in a burnous or a djellaba, featureless faces, and oppressive, empty surrounds where the living are never far from the grave....

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Algerian, 20th century, male.

Active in Spain since 1963.

Born 11 April 1940, in Tlemcen.

Painter, watercolourist. Figures, landscapes.

Symbolism.

Farid Falsa has had solo exhibitions in the Spanish cities of Salamanca, Málaga and Valladolid. He paints watercolour landscapes using generous brush strokes.

Ayllon (MCA)...

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South African, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Belgium.

Born 1946, in Johannesburg.

Painter, lithographer.

Symbolism.

Gabriel Meiring studied piano before becoming a self-taught visual artist. His work is an interpretation of the former 'Modern Style'.

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 7 February 1955, in Saïda, Algeria.

Painter.

Symbolism.

Jean-François Segura attended courses at the École des Beaux-Arts in Mulhouse in 1978-1979. His painting addresses Symbolist-inspired fantasies, notably featuring dream sequences and madmen.

He has gone on to show his work at group exhibitions, including the ...

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Egyptian, 20th century, male.

Born 1936, in Cairo.

Painter.

Ahmed Fouad Sélim trained as a lawyer and has also worked as an artistic adviser. The symbolism of his Abstraction, in which he draws truncated geometrical forms, is strongly emphasised by the titles of his works: ...