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Argentinian, 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Watercolourist.

Ansa is a teacher of graphic arts and colour theory at the French Institute for the Restoration of Art. In the book The Eagle's Secret (Albin-Michel, 2000), Henri Gougaud describes the turbulent career of Luis Ansa, the 'painter-shaman'. He teaches oriental lacquering, wash procedures and painting in Paris. The Adac gallery and studio held a solo exhibition of his works in Paris in ...

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Sarah J. Weatherwax

(b Geneva, Switzerland, Sept 18, 1737; d Philadelphia, PA, Oct 10, 1784).

American painter, draftsman, collector and museum proprietor of Swiss birth. Du Simitière, the son of Jean-Henri Ducimitière (or Dusimitière), an East Indies broker and Judith-Ulrique Cunegonde Delorme, studied art at the University of Geneva. In 1757 he left Amsterdam for the West Indies to document and sketch native flora and fauna and to collect historical materials, launching more than a decade of traveling and collecting in the New World including stops of varying lengths in New York City, Charleston, SC, Burlington, NJ, Boston, MA, Newport, RI, and Philadelphia, PA. In 1769 Du Simitière became a naturalized American citizen, living in Philadelphia (except for a two year sojourn in the West Indies) from 1770 until his death in 1784.

Du Simitière planned to write a natural and civil history of the West Indies and North America based on the large quantities of books, cartoons, manuscripts, coins, newspapers, natural history specimens, broadsides and art he amassed during his travels, but that project never came to fruition. In ...

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W. Iain Mackay

(b Ica, 1914; d Lima, July 21, 1961).

Peruvian painter, potter and sculptor. He had little formal education, but after training as a boxer in Lima he settled in Buenos Aires, where his interest in pottery led him to set up a workshop for the conservation of Pre-Columbian pottery and for the manufacture of pottery in the style of this period. He learnt to sculpt and studied painting under Emilio Pettoruti (1892–1971). In 1938 he went to Paris, where he studied the work of the French masters and relaxed his style, rejecting academic canons. Returning to Peru in 1942, he adopted a rather Expressionist style of painting, with clear lines, suggestive of sculpted forms. He avoided the other avant-garde European styles of the period, opting for a while for elements of the Indigenist style (see Peru, Republic of, §IV, 2). Under Pettoruti he developed a great interest in sculpture. His activity in this field was limited to a few works, culminating in ...

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American, 19th century, male.

Active in Philadelphia.

Born 18 February 1846, in Philadelphia; died 1929.

Painter, art restorer. Still-lifes.

George Thomson Hobbs was a pupil of Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury in Paris.

New York, 19 March 1969: Still-life, USD 2,500

New York, 18 Nov 1976...

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Canadian, 19th century, male.

Born 10 March 1789, in Quebec; died 1855, in Quebec.

Painter, copyist, art restorer. Religious subjects, genre scenes, portraits, landscapes.

Joseph Légaré started his career as a copier of religious paintings and a restorer of pictures which he collected, notably canvases by Jean Louis Desjardins. He then started to paint portraits as well as Canadian and Native American scenes. He was best known as a portrait painter. He was also a teacher, and one of his pupils was Antoine Plamondon, another Quebec portrait painter. He was a political supporter of Louis Joseph Papineau and was arrested as a suspect after the Lower Canada rebellion in ...

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Deborah Cullen

[MoMA] (New York)

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was founded in 1929 by patrons Lillie P(lummer) Bliss, Cornelius J. Sullivan and Rockefeller family §(1) to establish an institution devoted to modern art. Over the next ten years the Museum moved three times and in 1939 settled in the Early Modern style building (1938–9) designed by Philip S. Goodwin and Edward Durell Stone that it still occupies at 11 West 53 Street. Subsequent renovations and expansions occurred in the 1950s and 1960s by Philip Johnson, in 1984 by Cesar Pelli and in 2002–4 by Yoshirō Taniguchi (b 1937). MoMA QNS, the temporary headquarters during this project, was subsequently used to provide art storage. In 2000, MoMA and the contemporary art space, P.S.1, Long Island City, Queens, announced their affiliation. Recent projects are shown at P.S.1 in Queens in a renovated public school building.

According to founding director, Alfred H(amilton) Barr...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1919, in Biloxi (Mississippi).

Painter, art restorer, designer.

Florian Phillip Nesossis de la Mey was a self-taught artist. He was head of the art department of Chrysler in Detroit and painted decorations in fluorescent paint that were invisible in natural light and only showed up under ultra-violet light....

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Peruvian, 20th century, male.

Born 1934, in Cuzco.

Painter. Scenes with figures.

Quintanilla was a pupil at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Cuzco, and then in Lima. He studied painting restoration for two years. After a competition in 1961, he went to Paris. His creation of an imaginary bestiary evokes the work of Victor Brauner. He also derives his inspiration from the depths of Indian civilisations in order to explore their suffering. In 1959, he received a gold medal. He participated in numerous collective exhibitions, including: Biennale des Jeunes Artistes, Paris, 1959; Exhibition of the Pan-American Union, Washington, 1960; São Paulo Biennale; Exposition d'Art Latino Americain, Musee d'Art Moderne, 1962, 1965. He had solo exhibitions in Latin America and in Paris....

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American, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active during the first half of the 19th century.

Born 1775, in Staffordshire, England.

Painter, art restorer. Landscapes.

Samuel Scarlett was a pupil of Nathan T. Fielding in London around 1795. He worked in Bath (Avon), England until 1817, then emigrated to the USA and went to work in Philadelphia. He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and was a curator there ...

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Brazilian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 16 October 1874, in Rio de Janeiro; died after 1929.

Painter, illustrator.

Gaston Simoes de Fonseca settled in Paris and was a draughtsman and restorer in the Louvre museum. He exhibited work in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français, where he won a mention in ...