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French, 20th century, male.

Born 20 April 1900, in Chatillon-Coligny (Loiret); died, Jacques died in 1984.

Painters, sculptors (including bronze/ceramics), decorative designers. Landscapes, figures, animals.

The Adnet twins exhibited together at the Salon des Artistes Français, winning a joint travel scholarship in 1927. They were members of the Salon d'Automne and also exhibited at the Salons des Indépendants and Salon des Tuileries. Their submissions of paintings have largely been of landscapes, but they have also offered paintings of furniture. Their careers later led them into the decorative arts; Jacques created the ...

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French, 20th century, female.

Born 1937, in Nice.

Painter, sculptor, potter.

D'Agaggio lives and works in Antibes. She regularly exhibits in the USA and in France. One of her most notable exhibitions was in 1985, at the Orangery in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. The French government has commissioned several ceramic-sculpture monuments from her....

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Christine Mullen Kreamer

(b Jan 25, 1930; d Lomé, Jan 4, 2010).

Togolese painter, sculptor, engraver, stained glass designer, potter and textile designer. Beginning in 1946, he received his secondary education in Dakar, where he also worked in an architecture firm. He travelled to France and received his diplôme supérieur from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. A versatile artist, Ahyi is best known for his murals and for monumental stone, marble and cement public sculptures. His work reflects the fusion of his Togolese roots, European training and an international outlook, and he counts among his influences Moore, Braque, Modigliani, Tamayo, Siqueiros and Tall. His work combines ancient and modern themes and materials, maternity being a prominent topic. The messages of his larger, public pieces operate on a broad level to appeal to the general populace, while smaller works often reflect his private engagement with challenges confronting the human condition. His compositions are both abstract and figurative and evoke the heroism and hope of the two world wars, Togo's colonial period and the struggle for independence from France, as well as the political efforts of the peoples of Vietnam, South Africa and Palestine. Ahyi has won numerous international prizes, including the prize of the city of Lyon (...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 22 June 1952, in Bordeaux.

Painter (including mixed media), sculptor, potter. Stage sets.

At the age of 24, Philippe Aïni gave up his job as a pastry cook to become an artist, although he lacked any training. At first, he was supported and encouraged to exhibit by Jean-Pierre Roche of the Galerie Émergences in Bordeaux (...

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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.

Futurism.

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 ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 24 September 1930, in Benicia (California); died 2 November 1992, in Benicia.

Ceramicist, sculptor, painter, printmaker, draughtsman. Figures.

Pop Art, Funk Art.

Robert Arneson studied at the College of Marin Kentfield, California (1949-1951), California College of Arts and Crafts (...

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Inmaculada Julián

(b Madrid, Feb 26, 1937).

Spanish painter, sculptor, potter, printmaker and stage designer . As a painter he was mainly self-taught. After working as a journalist in 1957, he left Spain in 1958 to avoid military service, settling in Paris. There he continued to work both as a journalist and painter. From 1968 to 1972 he lived in Milan, returning to Paris in 1973. His work developed from expressionism to realism (Nueva figurina), which reflected on the pictorial language and function of painting and the artist’s role in society. He manipulated ready-made images, words and elements derived from commercial art and the work of other painters. His pieces formed series whose titles referred to the legacy of the Spanish Civil War and the contemporary political situation to help make their critical point. His work frequently provoked controversy, for example his series Arcole Bridge and St Bernard’s Pass (1962–6) was based on the theme of Napoleon Bonaparte as a symbol of imperialism (e.g. ...

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French, 20th century, female.

Born in Paris; died 1949.

Painter, sculptor, ceramicist.

Renée Assa was a pupil of Guilloux and the sculptor Blondat. She exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1912, 1914 and 1921, and at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants in 1926...

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Native American (Wiyot and Yurok), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Newport (Oregon).

Sculptor, painter, ceramicist, mixed-media artist, print-maker.

Rick Bartow of the Wiyot and Yurok Nations of Northern California works in a number of media to create images which often reference indigenous North American transformation myths. His work with the Maori artist John Bevan Ford has also been an influence. In ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 31 December 1931, in Nantes.

Painter, sculptor, ceramicist.

A student at the École des Beaux-Arts in Angers, Joël Baudoin then studied painting with Léger and André Lhote and sculpture with Zadkine at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. He also studied at the Grand Séminaire in Le Mans....

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Bauhaus  

Rainer K. Wick

[Bauhaus Berlin; Bauhaus Dessau, Hochschule für Gestaltung; Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar]

German school of art, design and architecture, founded by Walter Gropius. It was active in Weimar from 1919 to 1925, in Dessau from 1925 to 1932 and in Berlin from 1932 to 1933, when it was closed down by the Nazi authorities. The Bauhaus’s name referred to the medieval Bauhütten or masons’ lodges. The school re-established workshop training, as opposed to impractical academic studio education. Its contribution to the development of Functionalism in architecture was widely influential. It exemplified the contemporary desire to form unified academies incorporating art colleges, colleges of arts and crafts and schools of architecture, thus promoting a closer cooperation between the practice of ‘fine’ and ‘applied’ art and architecture. The origins of the school lay in attempts in the 19th and early 20th centuries to re-establish the bond between artistic creativity and manufacturing that had been broken by the Industrial Revolution. According to Walter Gropius in ...

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Valerie Holman

(b Mennecy, Seine-et-Oise, Feb 3, 1895; d Paris, June 6, 1979).

French painter, sculptor, draughtsman, graphic artist, ceramicist and tapestry designer. He attended the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, from 1911, until he joined the army in 1915. After World War I he devoted himself primarily to painting. In 1922 he met Juan Gris with whose encouragement his early Matisse-influenced rhythmical compositions acquired greater stability. In the late 1920s he was promoted by Tériade as a successor to the Cubists, with such works as The Mirror (1929; Paris, Pompidou), in which a highly simplified figure and its mirror-image are defined by patches of flat colour and fragments of linear contrast, and by the 1940s he was seen as one of the major representatives of the Ecole de Paris. In the 1950s his earlier predilection for curvilinear shapes gave way to a more angular and dynamic geometry, as in the First Race (1952; Paris, Pompidou). His subject-matter was taken from daily life, with marked preferences for the nude in movement, as in ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 6 July 1934, in Dodge City (Kansas).

Painter, watercolourist, sculptor, ceramicist.

Funk Art.

Billy Al Bengston settled in Los Angeles with his family in 1948. Between 1953 and 1957 he attended various art schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco before joining the Los Angeles County Art Institute (now the Otis College of Art and Design) where he studied under Richard Diebenkorn and Peter Voulkos. He continued to be a regular visitor at the Universities of California and Colorado until ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1938, in Lille.

Painter, potter, sculptor. Figure compositions, figures, interiors, landscapes, seascapes, still-lifes.

The son of Philippe Georges Bermyn. Since 1961, Jean-Michel Bermyn has exhibited with the Salon des Artistes Français, winning a commendation in 1962, a silver medal in ...

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British, 20th century, male.

Active in Crays Pond, near Reading.

Born 1909, in Essex; died November 1996, in London.

Painter, printmaker, sculptor, ceramicist, textile designer. Portraits, landscapes, urban landscapes.

London Group.

André Bicât was a self-taught artist. Born to French and Anglo-Irish parents, he worked as a theatre designer and scene painter in the 1930s. His theatre work included work for Mercury Theatre Productions in ...

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American, 20th century, female.

Born 1934, in Los Angeles.

Sculptor, ceramicist, draughtswoman, print artist, photographer, film maker. Figures, scenes with figures. Murals.

Camille Billops has a BA from California State College and an MFA from City College in New York. She settled in New York, where in ...

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Spanish, 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 20 February 1907, in Foz-Calanda (Aragon).

Sculptor, painter.

Eleuterio Blasco-Ferrer learned how to handle clay from his father who was a potter. He studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Barcelona. After four exhibitions in Spain circumstances forced him to leave the country in ...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, in Alost.

Painter, sculptor, potter.

Luc de Blok trained at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Alost. He paints imaginary landscapes, sculpts figures and makes casts of ordinary objects of daily life in decorative ceramic panels, as quasi-fossil prints. He has had regular solo shows since ...

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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 ...

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Dutch, 20th century, male.

Born 1893; died 1965.

Painter, sculptor (including wood), potter. Figures, nudes.

Employed a rudimentary and at times crude technique to paint and sculpt most effectively in situ events (a sailor falling overboard, harbour women, and so on).

Amsterdam, 8 Dec 1988...