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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 2 December 1899, in Albisola; died May 1971, in Albisola.

Ceramicist, draughtsman, painter, sculptor, screen printer, photographer. Artists' books.


Tullio d'Albisola studied with his father Giuseppe, a master potter, then with Gaetano Ballardini at the international university pottery class in Faenza, which he entered in ...


American, 20th century, male.

Born 2 February 1914, in Washington (North Carolina), 1919, according to some sources; died 1977.

Sculptor, print artist, ceramicist, illustrator.

William E. Artis studied at the University of Syracuse, New York, New York State University and the Art Students League, New York. He was also a student of Augusta Savage at the Harlem Community Art Center, New York. Artis expressed his humanist ideals by depicting impassive faces in a purified style, combining African and classical sculpture....


Swiss, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active also active in Germany.

Born 16 December 1874, in Zoug.

Painter, illustrator, sculptor.

Johann Bossard made his debut as a ceramicist before he enrolled at the Munich academy of arts and crafts, where he studied sculpture; he worked in the atelier of Wilhelm von Ruemann at the academy of fine arts in Munich. In ...


(b Leiden, Oct 19, 1877; d Zoeterwoude, Oct 23, 1933).

Dutch potter and sculptor. He trained as a drawing teacher but took a particular interest in bookbinding, decorative woodcuts and household pottery. From the example of the Arts and Crafts Movement he learnt the value of traditional techniques and craftsmanship. In 1898 he settled in Gouda in order to perfect his technical knowledge of pottery-making. Three years later he started his own ceramics firm in Leiderdorp. His ceramics are characterized by their intentionally plain shapes, combined with mostly geometric linear ornament and frequently with sculptural decoration applied in low relief. His work attracted international attention and gained awards at several exhibitions, including the Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte Decorativa in Turin (1902) and the Exposition Universelle et Internationale in Brussels (1910). Around 1907 Brouwer began to experiment with large-scale ceramic decoration. His terracotta ornaments and façade sculptures were greatly admired by contemporary architects, who secured him important commissions in this field, for example the ...


Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1876; died 1960.

Sculptor, illustrator, decorative artist, potter, glassmaker, watercolourist, draughtsman.

Cambellotti's work was shown in the exhibitions Roman Secession, 1913-1916, held in Rome in 1987, and From Glass to Diamond: Artistic Stained Glass in Rome 1912-1925 at the Exhibition Centre in Rome in ...


Italian, 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 1892, in Florence; died 1974, in Paris.

Painter, sculptor, potter, illustrator. Figures, landscapes.

Colucci studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and then left to work in Cairo. In 1917, he travelled to Africa and began to paint. He returned to Paris in 1919, where he exhibited for the first time. He exhibited etchings at the Salon d'Automne and the Surindépendants, and his works were hung amongst those of Gleizes, Herbin, Delaunay, Duchamp-Villon, Férat and Survage. In 1929, he took up pottery in Aubagne. In 1939, he belonged to the ...


Polish, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1866, in Lubaczów; died 1924, in Cracow.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator, decorative artist, ceramicist, sculptor, designer. Portraits, genre scenes, landscapes. Furniture.

Symbolism, Art Nouveau.

Debicki studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna from 1881 to 1884, then in Munich, Paris, Lemberg (now Lviv, Ukraine) and Cracow. He first settled in Lemberg and began teaching in ...


French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 19 November 1950, in Chaumont (Haute-Marne).

Sculptor (including wood), ceramicist, installation artist. Low reliefs, artists' books.

Martine Diersé is a graduate of the École des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. She settled in the Ardèche, France. She has made artists' books, such as ...


Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 1919, in Etterbeek (Brussels).

Painter, sculptor, medallist, ceramicist, draughtsman, decorative designer, illustrator. Designs for tapestries.

Roger Duterme studied at the Etterbeek school of industrial art and design, and the Academy of St Luke in Brussels, where he later taught drawing. He became director of the École des Arts in Ixelles. He made large decorative panels for the Pavillon du St-Siège at the ...


Swiss, 20th century, male.

Active from 1953 also active in France.

Born 21 February 1909, in Lucerne; died 21 March 2015.

Painter, engraver, lithographer, ceramicist, sculptor, illustrator, decorative designer, writer. Murals, designs for mosaics.

Groups: Die Allianz, Abstraction-Creation.

The son of a mechanic, at the outset Hans Erni was a technical draughstman in an architect's studio. He attended the school of arts and crafts in Lucerne between 1927 and 1928, and the Académie Julian in Paris from 1928 to 1929. Between 1929 and 1930 he was at the Vereinigte Staatschule für Freie und Angewandte Kunst (school of applied arts) in Berlin. During his numerous stays in Paris he was in contact with Arp, Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Wassily Kandinsky and Henry Moore among others. He was also strongly influenced by the work of Picasso and Braque. He joined the group...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 10 December 1885, in Paris; died 1973.

Painter, pastellist, engraver, sculptor, illustrator. Landscapes, animals. Designs for ceramics.

Georges Lucien Guyot studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Rouen. He was one of the Group of Twelve founded by François Pompon in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Until it was destroyed by fire in 1970, he worked for 52 years at the Bateau-Lavoir in the Rue Ravignan in Paris (a famous residence of artists at the turn of the 20th century). Throughout his life, during which he worked continuously at the Jardin des Plantes and the Paris Museum, Guyot specialised in the study of animals such as bears, apes and lions, and had a good understanding of their psychology. He collected skeletons and built up a remarkable library. His originality was noticed by Pompon. In 1923, the Musée d'Art Moderne acquired his ...


Mitsuhiko Hasebe


(b Kyoto, March 23, 1883; d Kanagawa, Dec 21, 1959).

Japanese potter, calligrapher and medallist. At an early age he taught himself seal-carving and calligraphy, for which he won a prize in 1904; soon after he became a commercial calligrapher and medallist. In 1915 he had his first experience of decorating pottery at a kiln in the district of Hokuriku. In 1919 he opened an art shop in Tokyo, and in 1920 he founded the Gourmet’s Club on the second floor of the store, serving food in traditional ceramic vessels that he had himself collected. Kitaōji soon began to produce his own pottery, creating forms drawn from studying the vessels that he used for his cuisine. In 1925 he opened the Gourmet’s Club Hoshigaoka Restaurant in Tokyo. In 1926 he established a studio and kiln known as Hoshigaokayō in Kita Kamakura. He often surpassed the classical forms on which his works were based, becoming well known for his simple but original designs. He used red enamels and gold in his work and was influenced by blue-and-white wares and coloured porcelain from the Ming period (...


Cuban, 20th century, male.

Active also active in France.

Born 8 December 1902, in Sagua la Grande; died 11 September 1982, in Paris.

Painter (including gouache), pastellist, watercolourist, draughtsman, sculptor, engraver, illustrator, lithographer, potter. Murals.

Surrealist group.

After a brief period at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro in Havana from 1918 to 1923, Lam went to Spain and remained there from 1924 to 1938, first in Madrid and later Barcelona. By 1938 Spain had been devastated by civil war and Lam was forced to move to Paris. Picasso became very fond of Lam and introduced him to André Breton, Max Ernst and Victor Brauner, among others. From 1938 to 1941, Lam participated in the activities of the surrealist group, particularly from 1940 when he found himself in Marseilles with the surrealists who had been driven out of Paris by the war and the invasion of France.In 1940 Lam illustrated Breton's ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 4 February 1881, in Argentan; died 18 August 1955, in Gif-sur-Yvette.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, ceramicist, illustrator, mosaicist, designer, film producer. Designs for tapestries, designs for stained glass, stage sets, stage costumes.

Puteaux Group, Section d’Or, Association of Revolutionary Writers and Artists, Espace...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 13 July 1927, in Montrouge near Paris, of Polish origin (on mother's side).

Sculptor, potter, painter, engraver, illustrator.

Groups: Comme, Terres.

Born in a family of musicians, Stanislas Lelio, served in World War II as a dispatch rider, then enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris in the architecture department; in ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 1926, in Paris.

Painter, engraver, illustrator, sculptor, potter. Figures, landscapes, still-lifes. Murals, designs for tapestries, designs for stained glass, designs for mosaics.

Louttre B. was in the difficult position of being the son of the famous artist Bissière. In an effort to disguise his origins, he adopted the nickname Louttre, which had been given to him by his parents, for use in his work as an artist. He spent his youth in the company of his parents' friends, including Braque, Henri Laurens and Latapie, whose daughter Laure he later married, and the recently formed group at the Académie Ranson where Bissière taught. He learned to paint as a matter of course while he was growing up. He was active in Paris and Boissièrettes....


Swedish, 19th century, male.

Born 8 June 1855, in Smedstorp.

Painter, designer, sculptor, potter, illustrator. Landscapes.

Martensson painted many scenes of rural peasants in landscapes.

New York, 25 Jan 1980: The Cattle Wagon (1903, oil on canvas, 25¼ × 37 ins/64 × 94 cm) ...


Éva Bajkay

(b Kaposvár, June 10, 1899; d Pécs, April 11, 1986).

Hungarian painter, sculptor, designer and illustrator. He spent his childhood in Kaposvár in the house of the Secessionist painter József Rippl-Rónai. His early works are figurative. During the 1920s he painted arcadian scenes, but he was soon influenced by Surrealism, often combining experienced events with subconscious visions. Martyn lived in Paris from 1926 to 1940 and moved towards abstraction, joining the Cercle et Carré group, and then in 1931 Abstraction-Création, taking part in their exhibitions. He painted cityscapes and portraits, and was influenced by Constructivism. His non-figurative works were painterly and expressive of his Hungarian temperament and used the rhythm of expansive arched forms. He can be seen as an intermediary between the Ecole de Paris and Hungarian art; he often returned to Budapest to organize exhibitions of Hungarian abstract painters living in Paris.

Martyn’s abstract work largely derived from his experience of Paris, southern French towns, Mediterranean landscapes, the sea, bird life, and his frequent visits to Spain and Hungary. His horror at World War II was seen in ...


Romanian, 20th century, female.

Active in France from 1960.

Born 17 February 1917, in Constanta.

Painter, illustrator, decorative artist, sculptor, mosaicist, ceramicist.

After studying law, Cecilia Merlaub enrolled at the academy of fine arts in Bucharest. She produced icons painted on glass, illustrations for popular stories, mosaics and tapestries. Affectionate reminders of popular Romanian art are found in her works, which are abstract and figurative by turn. She has been living and working in Paris since ...


Greek, 20th century, male.

Active in France fromc.1965 to c. 1995.

Born 12 December 1928, in Stavroupoli.

Sculptor, painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator, ceramicist. Figures, landscapes, seascapes.

Stavros Papassavas trained at the fine arts school in Athens from 1947 to 1952, winning first prize for sculpture. In ...