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French, 20th century, male.

Born 19 August 1890, in Fontainebleau; died 22 April 1969, in Paris.

Painter, engraver, illustrator. Figure compositions, figures, landscapes. Designs for tapestries, wall decorations, stage sets.

Yves Alix studied at the Académie Julian in Paris, and won a place at the École des Beaux-Arts, but instead chose to enter the Académie Ranson, where Bonnard, Vuillard, K.-X. Roussel, Maurice Denis and Sérusier worked as teachers. He began exhibiting his work in 1912 at the Salon des Indépendants, of which he became a committee member, as well as at the Salon d'Automne. He also exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries and the Salon Comparaisons. Alix's work featured in a large number of solo exhibitions, mostly in art galleries in Paris, but also in Strasbourg, and at a retrospective exhibition in 1990 to mark the centenary of his birth, held at the Donadeï de Campredon hotel of the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue....


Spanish, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1910.

Born 1892, in Bilbao; died April 1971, in St-Jean-de-Luz, France.

Painter (gouache), illustrator, decorative designer. Landscapes with figures. Stage sets.

Ramiro Arrue y Valle, the brother of Alberto, José and Ricardo, was educated at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. Although he painted Basque subjects, he was mainly active in France. Before World War I, he exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris, and was a regular exhibitor at the Salon d'Automne ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 17 September 1943, in Lillebonne (Seine-Maritime).

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator. Historical subjects, scenes with figures. Stage sets, wall decorations.

Nouvelle Figuration.

Daniel Authouart decided to become a painter at the age of 14 on discovering the work of Toulouse-Lautrec, although he had to wait for two years to enter the fine arts school. He devoted these two years to drawing, observing the works of the great masters in the museum in Rouen and reading Flaubert, Spillane, Faulkner and Sartre. He lives and works in Rouen, painting the story of his surroundings in a style of exaggerated realism. He says, 'Each of my pictures strives to be a bit like a cartoon strip with a single image. By means of the different signs in my canvases, it is possible to discover what happened before and what may be going to happen next.' His compositions appear to unroll to infinity, not only in terms of time and space but in the profusion of detail. He has created record sleeves for musical artists and variety performers, and has designed theatre décor for the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the Athénée, the Essaïon and the Maison de la Culture in Le Havre. He has produced illustrations for Baudelaire's ...


French, 20th century, female.

Born 1894, in Marseilles; died 1989.

Painter, fresco artist, decorative designer, illustrator. Portraits, scenes with figures, landscapes, waterscapes. Stage sets.

After studying drawing at the Conservatoire in Toulouse, Alix Aymé worked with Maurice Denis and assisted in the decoration of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. From the 1920s, she taught art in the French lycée in Hanoi and travelled widely in Indochina, India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). In ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 4 August 1927, in Paris.

Painter, decorative designer, illustrator. Stage sets.

André Beaurepaire exhibited from 1948 onwards, and featured at the Salon Comparaisons in 1956. He provided illustrations for Wisdom ( Sagesse) by Paul Verlaine and for an edition of Corneille. He is best known for his stage designs, among many others for Jean Cocteau's ...


British, 20th century, female.

Born 13 May 1879, near London; died 7 April 1961, in Sussex.

Painter, engraver, illustrator, designer, graphic designer. Still-lifes, landscapes, portraits. Designs for wallpapers and fabrics, furniture, stage sets.

Bloomsbury Group, Omega Workshops, London Group, Euston Road School.

Vanessa Bell was the daughter of Sir Leslie Stephen, the sister of Virginia Woolf and the wife of the art historian Clive Bell. She started her training with the Royal Academician Sir Arthur Cope, and continued it at the Royal Academy of Art under the direction of the American portrait painter John Singer Sargent between 1900 and 1904....


Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 1920.

Painter (including gouache), draughtsman, engraver, illustrator, decorative designer. Stage costumes and sets, postage stamps.

Oscar Bonnevalle studied at the Ghent academy and went on to produce postage stamp designs which demonstrate a genuine feeling for realism and traditional folklore....


Egyptian, 20th century, male.

Born 1940, in Cairo.

Painter, watercolourist, illustrator, decorative artist. Decorative motifs. Stage costumes and sets, designs for jewellery.

A pupil at the Académie Julian, the École des Arts Decoratifs and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Georges Doche went on to show his work in several public exhibitions and, in particular, at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants in Paris, as well as at several private galleries in Geneva, Tokyo and London. He had a number of solo exhibitions, including in Paris (...


Greek, 20th century, male.

Born 1910, in Athens; died 1985.

Painter, illustrator, decorative designer, poet. Mythological subjects, genre scenes, urban landscapes. Stage sets, stage costumes, icons.

Nico Engonopoulos spent his childhood in Istanbul, then known as Constantinople. After an aimless stay in Paris, he studied at the school of fine art in Athens ...



Russian, 20th century, male.

Active from 1910 in France.

Born 1892, in St Petersburg; died 21 April 1990, in Paris.

Painter (including gouache), sculptor, draughtsman, illustrator, stylist, decorative designer. Stage costumes and sets, designs for jewellery, furniture.

Art Deco.

The son of an admiral in the Imperial navy, Erté was a pupil of Ilya Repin in St Petersburg. He went to Paris at the age of eighteen, apparently attended the Académie Julian and was admitted to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Jean-Paul Laurens' workshop. He began his career in 1913 with the couturier Paul Poiret. From that year onwards, he designed stage costumes for Mata-Hari, Mistinguett and Gaby Deslys and in 1914 he worked for the journals ...


American, 20th century, male.

Born 10 December 1874, in Fort Wayne (Indiana); died 15 April 1960, in Falls Village.

Painter, engraver, illustrator. Wall decorations, stage sets, posters.

Charles Buckles Falls was a member of the Society of Illustrators and the National Society of Mural Painters and was awarded a number of distinctions....


Norwegian, 20th century, male.

Born 1907, in Sköger, near Drammen; died 1989.

Painter, illustrator, decorative designer. Figures, urban landscapes. Stage sets, advertising art.

Fjell began to draw when he was a child, encouraged by his teacher, Nils Schjelbred, a friend of Munch. In 1930 he worked in Oslo as a designer and painter of advertising material. He settled in the area around Telemark, so as to devote himself entirely to his art. In ...


Austrian, 20th century, male.

Born 1930, in Vienna.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver, illustrator, sculptor, collage artist, decorative designer. Scenes with figures, figures. Stage sets.

Groups: Hundsgruppe (Dog’s group), Phantastischer Realismus group.

Ernst Fuchs enrolled at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna in 1945. From 1946 to 1950, he was a pupil of Gütersloh, whom Salvador Dalí considered the most important painter of his time (after himself). In around 1950, he was one of the founders of the Viennese ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 8 June 1903, in Dax (Landes); died May 1991.

Painter (including gouache), illustrator, designer, scenographer. Figures, landscapes, still-lifes. Wall decorations, stage sets.

Léon Gischia had already pursued advanced studies in literature and the history of art and archaeology before deciding on a career in painting in 1923. From 1923 to 1927 he was a pupil of Othon Friesz and Léger, but in 1927 he went to the USA and gave up painting. However, in 1936 he started to paint again and was from then on an interesting presence on the contemporary French art scene....


Spanish, 20th century, male.

Active from 1936 in France.

Born 22 June 1911, in Barcelona; died 21 June 1975.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, pastellist, decorative designer, scenographer, illustrator. Sporting subjects, genre scenes, figures, nudes, portraits, interiors, harbour scenes, urban landscapes. Stage sets.

Emilio Grau Sala studied at the fine arts school in Barcelona, where he became friends with Antoni Clavé. While still very young he began exhibiting at the Humourists Exhibition. In Paris he exhibited at the major annual Salons. He also exhibited at many international group exhibitions and in 1937 received an important award at the Carnegie Foundation International Exhibition in Pittsburgh. He showed collections of his work in many solo exhibitions starting in Barcelona in 1929 and 1930. His first solo exhibition in Paris was in 1937 and he went on to exhibit in Madrid, London, Buenos Aires and New York. After three trips to Paris he finally settled there in 1936....


Romanian, 20th century, female.

Active in Germany from 1978.

Born 4 October 1929, in Bucharest.

Painter, illustrator, decorative artist, stage set designer. Figures, landscapes. Stage sets.

Edith Gross-Orascu graduated from the Nicolae Grigorescu fine arts institute in Bucharest in 1956. She created many stage sets fro the Bucharest Opera, including: ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 2 August 1880, in Les Mureaux (Yvelines); died 9 August 1961, in Paris.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator, designer. Stage sets, wall decorations.

Joseph Hémard produced several theatre sets and painted decorations, and also worked on Paris reviews such as La Baïonnette...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 29 September 1935, in Philippeville, Algeria.

Painter, draughtsman, watercolourist, engraver, medallist, illustrator. Figures, landscapes. Wall decorations, designs for stained glass, postage stamps.

Irolla's figurative painting is traditional, depicting the skies of Champagne, its valleys, vineyards, village churches and streets. He executed stained glass windows (Châlons-sur-Marne), mural decorations (Vitry-le-François, St-Memmie, Châlons-sur-Marne) and numerous postage stamps. He also illustrated several books, notably ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 1 April 1884, in Paris; died 14 January 1967, in La Garde-Freinet (Var).

Painter, illustrator, caricaturist. Figures, portraits, landscapes. Stage sets, wall decorations.

Jacob-Hians studied at the École Estienne in Paris. He knew the Perret brothers and Picasso. He was also a close friend of Manguin. Between ...


German, 20th century, male.

Born 28 June 1885, in Munich; died 1967.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator, poster artist, decorative designer, lithographer. Stage costumes and sets.

Ludwig Kainer started out as a doctor and only later became an artist. From 1904 to 1914, he lived in Paris. In ...