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German, 20th century, male.

Born 1880; died 1966.

Architect, painter.

Die Brücke group.

Fritz Bleyl was an architecture student at the Dresden technical high school. He met Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, together with whom he founded The Bridge ( Die Brücke...

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Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 1939, in Ghent.

Painter. Landscapes.

A self-taught painter, De Gezelle is an architect. He has developed from naive Expressionism to a more direct expression from nature.

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German, 20th century, male.

Born 31 July 1883, in Döbeln (Saxony); died 1970, in Radolfzell.

Painter, engraver.

Die Brücke group.

Erich Heckel studied architecture at the technical university in Dresden in 1904–1905; his fellow students included Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl, and Karl Schmitt-Rottluf. As a group, they were passionate about the ferment of artistic expression resulting from the Munich Jugenstil movement, which would later come to be regarded as one of the wellsprings of 20th century art. Heckel settled in Berlin on his return from World War I, having served in the medical corps in Belgium for the duration. In 1937, the Nazis confiscated 729 of his canvases, declaring his work ‘degenerate’. During World War II, his studio was destroyed in a bombardment in 1944, and he then settled in Hemmenhofen. After the war, he was appointed professor at the academy of arts in Karlsruhe from either 1945 or 1949 to 1954....

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver.

John Himmelfarb is an architecture graduate from Harvard University. He is an exponent of Abstract Expressionism whose development of line has been described as 'dramatic'. His often calligraphic drawings and paintings spring from jazz rhythms or an allusive imagery. Himmelfarb is best known for the gigantism of his 'works in progress' executed in full view of the public, much in the way of a performance. He has benefited from grants from the National Education Association and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He has shown his works in solo exhibitions mostly in the Midwest but also at the University of Connecticut, Fairfield, and at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Christchurch, New Zealand....

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Czechoslovak, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in Belgium.

Born 2 July 1949, in Ostrava.

Painter. Scenes with figures, urban landscapes, architectural views.

Scarlet Nikolska was the pupil of the Czech Expressionist painter Karel Soucek at the academy of fine arts in Prague. In her early years, Scarlet Nikolska's paintings drew on her memories of Prague, using warm yet slightly shadowy tones to depict silhouettes or faces emerging from the fog, the overall ambiance creating a sense of melancholic resignation. Then, following a trip to Brazil, her palette became lighter and brighter and she allowed herself to experiment with audacious and occasionally slightly disconcerting colour ranges. Upon her return to Czechoslovakia, by now a country that had gone through a period of great political upheaval, Scarlet Nikolska's inspiration seemed to be rekindled. Her compositions found a certain depth and at the same time an easiness and deftness of touch. She has been participating in group exhibitions since ...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 2 July 1953, in Ronse, near Renaix.

Painter.

In 1953 Jean-Pol Soudan took architecture lessons at the art academies in Tournai, Brussels, Lille and London. During his Expressionist period he painted the Flemish Ardennes and the sea. The paintings from his Lyrical Abstract period contain esoteric signs of different origins, astrological symbols as in all works of this genre, Egyptian, Aztec signs and so on. He has spoken of an 'austral', 'cosmic' vision....