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Bartlett, William Henry  

British, 19th century, male.

Born 26 March 1809, in Kentish Town, London; died 13 September 1854, at sea, between Malta and Marseilles.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman, writer. Genre scenes, landscapes with figures, landscapes, topographical views.

Orientalism.

William Henry Bartlett is thought to have exhibited at the Royal Academy ...

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Behzad, Kamal Al-Dim  

Persian School, 15th – 16th century, male.

Active in Herat from 1468 to 1506, then in Tabriz.

Born between 1450 and 1460; died, in 1536 according to some sources, in 1537 according to others.

Miniaturist, writer.

Bahzad became the first truly famous Persian miniature painter and is the first known painter to have signed his work. The Louvre has a painting by him in grisaille, dated circa ...

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Boullata, Kamal  

Palestinian, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA and in France.

Born 1942, in Jerusalem.

Painter, watercolourist, pastellist, draughtsman, writer. Artists’ books.

Kamal Boullata received a diploma from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, then studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC ...

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Constant, Joseph  

Palestinian, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1919.

Born 1892, in Jaffa; died October 1969, in Paris.

Painter, sculptor, writer. Portraits, landscapes, animals.

In 1919 Joseph Constant moved to Paris, where he took part in the Salon des Artistes Indépendants from 1928 to 1931...

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Eyuboglu, Bedri Rahmi  

Turkish, 20th century, male.

Born 1911 or 1913, in Trabzon; died 1975.

Painter, illustrator, decorative artist, poet. Genre scenes, landscapes. Wall decorations.

Bedri Eyuboglu studied painting in Istanbul and at the André Lhote academy in Paris. A distant follower of Matisse and Dufy, he was basically a modernist, although at the same time he was also heir to the tradition of ancient oriental miniaturists. He was a notable illustrator, and carried out several mural decorations in Turkey....

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Gibran, Khalil  

Lebanese, 20th century, male.

Active then naturalised in the USA.

Born 6 January 1883, in Bécharré; died 10 April 1931, in New York.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, sculptor, poet. Figures, portraits.

Symbolism.

Together with his family, Khalil Gibran left the Lebanon at the age of 12, and settled in Boston, where his artistic talent brought him to the attention of well-known writers and artists. He had to return to the Lebanon in ...

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Lane, Edward William  

British, 20th century, male.

Born 1801; died 1876.

Draughtsman, engraver, illustrator, writer. Figures, scenes with figures, local scenes, costume studies.

Edward William Lane was trained in engraving. Recognised as a great scholar in the Arab world and an excellent artist, he was above all a man with a passion for Egypt, which he discovered between ...

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Lear, Edward  

British, 19th century, male.

Born 12 May 1812, in Holloway (London); died 29 January 1888, in San Remo, Italy.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator, writer. Landscapes, animals.

Orientalism.

Edward Lear was almost entirely self-taught at the start of his career. He was initially employed as an ornithological draughtsman, and provided the illustrations for ...

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Mir Sayyid Ali  

Persian, 16th century, male.

Active in Tabriz, under the reign of Mughal emperor Humayun (1530-1556).

Illuminator, poet.

Persian School.

Mir Sayyid Ali was the son of the painter Mir Musavvir and a founder of the Akbar School in India. In his youth, he was an apprentice of the great Persian master Bihzad in Tabriz. After working on the staff of Shah Tahmasp, he went to Kabul in ...

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Weizman, Eyal  

Israeli, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1970, in Haifa, Israel.

Architect, activist, academic, writer.

Eyal Weizman is an Israeli architect and intellectual whose theories on architecture as a form of political intervention and witness of war have gained him international acclaim. Weizman is currently based in London where he runs the Research Architecture department at Goldsmiths College.

Weizman moved to London where, shortly after obtaining his architecture degree, he and his colleague Rafi Seagal were commissioned to curate a selection of the best Israeli architecture for the 2002 International Union of Architects Congress in Berlin. The two colleagues presented their exhibition, A Civilian Occupation, revolving around exposing the role of architecture in the occupation and repression of Palestine. As a direct response, the Israel Association of United Architects withdrew their support, cancelled the exhibition, and destroyed all the catalogues, propelling Weizman to worldwide esteem. Babel Press in Tel Aviv reprinted the catalogue and the exhibition was restaged at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York that same year as well as at Kunst-Werke in Berlin as part of the exhibition ...

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Younan, Ramsès  

Egyptian, 20th century, male.

Born 1913, in Minieh; died 25 December 1966, in Cairo.

Painter, art critic.

Art and Freedom Group.

Ramsés Younan was a student at the school of fine arts in Cairo from 1929 to 1933. In 1938, he published a critical review of the purist Cubist movement of Ozenfant and Jeanneret, ...