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British, 20th century, male.

Born 1904; died 1980.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, draughtsman (including ink), illustrator, designer, photographer. Portraits, landscapes. Stage sets, stage costumes.

Sir Cecil Beaton was influenced, in the first half of the 20th century, by the Russian ballets of Diaghilev and the fashionable world surrounding Coco Chanel. He was particularly known as a theatrical costume designer, for the famous musical comedies ...


British, 20th century, male.

Born 14 January 1904, in London, UK; died 18 January 1980, in Broad Chalke, UK.

Photographer, illustrator, scenographer. Portraits, fashion photography, costume, film set and stage design.

Cecil Beaton established himself as a fashion photographer during the Roaring Twenties, when he circulated among the Bright Young Things, a group of British socialites that included Evelyn Waugh, the Mitfords and the Sitwells. His portraits and fashion photographs attracted the attention of American magazine editors, and in ...


American, 20th century, male.

Active from 1954 in France.

Born 26 November 1929, in the Bronx (New York City).

Draughtsman, engraver (etching), illustrator. Figures, nudes, landscapes, interiors, still-lifes. Stage costumes and sets, videos, artists' books.

Gregory Masurovsky studied at Black Mountain College in North Carolina in ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 4 March 1943, in Digne (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence).

Painter, draughtsman, pastellist, photographer, scenographer, illustrator. Figures, landscapes. Stage sets.

Daniel Ponsard graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1967. He has been a photographer at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris since ...


Czech, 20th century, male.

Born 29 April 1916, in Trebon; died 17 June 1978.

Painter, pastellist, engraver (dry-point), illustrator, ceramicist. Animals, insects. Stage sets, cartoon strips, animated films.

Zdenek Seydl worked in a variety of media, including cartoon strips and puppet films. As painter and dry-point engraver he adapted Jugendstil scrolls and arabesques to the representation of animals and sometimes even the microscopic world of insects, while as an illustrator he often depicted the horrors of fascism and nazism. He was deeply influenced by Chinese art, travelling to that country in ...


Polish, 20th century, male.

Active in England (naturalised British in 1947).

Born 14 August 1907, in Czenstokova; died 24 August 1989.

Painter, caricaturist, illustrator, stage set designer, film maker.

Feliks Topolski studied art at the Warsaw academy and was a cadet at the Reserve Artillery Officers' School. After a study trip to France and Italy he settled in England in ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 7 January 1938, in Paris; died 16 April 1997, in Paris.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator, poster artist, scenographer, writer. Stage costumes and sets, animated films.

Groupe Panique.

Roland Topor studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1955. From 1955...


Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1908, in Milan; died 25 February 1998.

Painter, engraver, illustrator, film producer. Stage sets, artists' books.

Groups: Abstraction-Création, MAC (Movimento Arte Concreta).

Luigi Veronesi studied textiles, and in 1932 he met Fernand Léger in Paris, becoming a member of the first generation of Italian abstract painters. From 1934, he belonged to the ...


Swiss, 20th century, male.

Born 7 May 1938, in Geneva.

Painter, engraver, illustrator, film producer. Landscapes. Stage sets.

After an eventful adolescence, Pierre Vogel travelled extensively, including a period of residence in the USA and time spent working in a mine in Sweden. In 1960...