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Swiss, 19th century, male.

Born 2 October 1793, in Geneva; died 12 March 1857, in Geneva.

Miniaturist, enameller, art writer. Portraits.

An artist who was also a connoisseur and writer and the possessor of a renowned collection of paintings. His wrote a treatise on painting on enamel....


American, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 17 May 1865, in Chillicothe (Ohio).

Draughtsman, decorative designer, writer.

John Bennett studied at the Art Students League in New York and at the Cincinnati Academy. He wrote and illustrated The Pigtail of Ah Lee Ben Loo (published 1928...


Russian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active also active in France.

Born 1870, in St Petersburg; died 1960, in Paris.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator, decorative designer, writer.

Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) group.

Aleksander was the brother of Albert Nikolaevich Benois. He studied law, and then painting, in St Petersburg, before going on to Paris for further arts studies. In St Petersburg in 1909, he exhibited a series of paintings entitled, ...


Swiss, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in Germany.

Born 31 December 1849, in St Gall; died 1921, in Planegg.

Architect, painter, decorative designer, theorist. Designs (furniture/fabrics/metal objects/ceramics).


From 1868 to 1871 Hans Eduard von Berlepsch-Valendas was a student of architecture with Gottfried Sempers in Zurich. After graduating he abandoned architecture while he was living in Frankfurt, to go and train as a painter in Munich (...


American, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 15 December 1848, in Brooklyn (New York City); died 12 October 1936, in New York.

Painter, mosaic designer, writer. Allegorical subjects, figures, portraits, decorative schemes, genre scenes. Murals.

Edwin Howland Blashfield studied in Paris under Léon Bonnat (1867-1869, 1875-1880), and received guidance from Jean-Léon Gérôme and Henri-Michel-Antoine Chapu. He studied the decorations of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Jean-Paul Laurens and Paul Baudry in the Panthéon in Paris. During a trip to Englandin 1887, Blashfield associated with Anglo-American artists Edwin Austin Abbey, John Singer Sargent, Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederic Leighton. He returned to the USA in 1881. He later travelled to Italy to see frescoes, and also visited Switzerland, Germany and Belgium. Blashfield was President of the National Academy of Design....


Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 11 February 1881, in Quargnento (Alessandria); died 13 April 1966, in Milan.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, collage artist, engraver (including etching), lithographer, decorative designer, art theorist. Landscapes, landscapes with figures, urban landscapes, seascapes. Frescoes.

Futurism, Pittura Metafiscia (Metaphysical Painting), Novecento Italiano, Magic Realism...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 1898, in St-Nazaire; died 1964, in Étables-sur-Mer.

Painter, engraver (wood), illustrator, ethnologist. Genre scenes, local scenes, seascapes. Designs for jewellery, furniture.

Ar Seiz Breur.

René Yves Creston trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nantes in 1919, then at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in ...


French, 18th century, male.

Born 28 August 1706, in Dunkirk; died 30 July 1791, in Rouen.

Painter, draughtsman (including red chalk), decorative artist, writer on art. Historical subjects, portraits, interiors.

Jean Baptiste Descamps was erroneously thought to have been a student of his uncle, Louis Coypel. In fact he studied with Ulin and Largillière. On ...


French, 19th century, male.

Born 16 May 1853 in Paris; died 25 May 1909, on board the steamship Principe di Udine en route to Buenos Aires.

Active in France and Italy.

Painter, decorator, watercolourist, illustrator, writer. Portraits.

The son of the history painter Edouard Dubufe (1820–1883) and the sculptor Juliette Zimmermann, Guillame Dubufe was a successful portraitist and decorative painter, exploiting the late-19th-century taste for rococo. He was taught by his father and by Alexis-Joseph Mazerolle (1826–1889). He executed decorative schemes for the Comédie-Française (Foyer ceiling) in 1885, the Hotel de Ville (Galerie Lobau) in 1891, Palais de l’ Élysée (Salle des Fêtes) in 1894, Sorbonne (Library) in 1896 and Gare de Lyon (Le train bleu restaurant) in 1900. He also worked as an illustrator and wrote ...


German, 20th century, male.

Born 12 April 1871, in Berlin; died 15 April 1925, in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland).

Draughtsman, architect, decorative artist, designer, illustrator, author. Furniture, jewellery, lamps, art objects.


Deutscher Werkbund.

In Munich, August Endell studied philosophy, art history, aesthetics and psychology, notably a course run by Theodor Lipp on the psychological effect of the perception of lines and forms. There, in ...


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 ...


French, 17th century, male.

Born 1606, in Nantes; died 25 May 1689, in Rome.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver, decorative designer, architect, writer. Historical subjects, mythological subjects. Wall decorations, designs for tapestries, medallions.

Charles Erard was his father's pupil, and at the age of 18 followed him to Rome where he undertook his serious studies. On his return to Paris the king awarded him a bursary to go to Rome and complete his education, where they arrived on ...


Swiss, 20th century, male.

Active from 1953 also active in France.

Born 21 February 1909, in Lucerne; died 21 March 2015.

Painter, engraver, lithographer, ceramicist, sculptor, illustrator, decorative designer, writer. Murals, designs for mosaics.

Groups: Die Allianz, Abstraction-Creation.

The son of a mechanic, at the outset Hans Erni was a technical draughstman in an architect's studio. He attended the school of arts and crafts in Lucerne between 1927 and 1928, and the Académie Julian in Paris from 1928 to 1929. Between 1929 and 1930 he was at the Vereinigte Staatschule für Freie und Angewandte Kunst (school of applied arts) in Berlin. During his numerous stays in Paris he was in contact with Arp, Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Wassily Kandinsky and Henry Moore among others. He was also strongly influenced by the work of Picasso and Braque. He joined the group...


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....


French, 19th century, male.

Born 1 April 1822, in Paris, to Italian parents; died 1 December 1904, in Menton-Caravan (Alpes-Maritimes).

Painter (gouache), engraver, draughtsman, illustrator, decorative artist, writer, watercolourist. Genre scenes, natural history (animals/birds/insects).

Giacomelli served his apprenticeship with a Parisian goldsmith before going on to work as an engraver of precious stones. In ...


Italian, 17th century, male.

Active in Ferrara.

Died 1644.

Painter, engraver, architect, engineer, poet. Stage sets.

Francesco Guitti worked for the city and for the duke. In 1638 he produced the plan for the decoration of the stage sets for the first Carnival, which he published with other plans, as engravings, under the title of ...


British, 20th century, male.

Born 16 November 1892, in London; died 1957.

Painter, engraver, furniture designer, writer. Genre scenes, landscapes, architectural scenes.

Eric Hesketh Hubbard studied at Croydon School of Art, South Western Polytechnic and the Westminster School of Art. He became an accomplished printmaker, specialising in woodcuts and linocuts. Many of his works explore the life of gypsies and the fairground....


Swiss, 19th century, male.

Born 18 December 1842, in La Sagne; died 13 February 1903, in Boudry (Vaud).

Painter, draughtsman, writer.

After careers as a joiner and primary school teacher, Huegenin became a self-taught artist. The war of 1871 furnished him with subjects for numerous drawings. He caught the attention of the painter Léon Berthoud, who gave him advice. Huguenin wrote works that he illustrated with very conscientious pen drawings. He also did oil portraits and landscapes that are interesting for their sincerity....


Italian, 16th century, male.

Painter, architect, scholar. Decorative schemes.

Antonio Maria Lari worked on the decoration of Siena for the triumphal entry of Charles V into the city in 1536.


American, 20th century, male.

Active since 1969 also in France.

Born 1905, in New York.

Painter, illustrator, decorative designer, writer. Figures, landscapes, flowers.

After various courses of study in New York, Harold M. Le Roy attended the studio of Hans Hoffman, Brooklyn Museum art school and that of the Art Students' League. He spent part of his childhood in Paris, where his father had a studio and a business in artificial flowers. He worked in the 1930s as a designer of décor and of clothes. He also contributed to fashion magazines and was a writer. He lived and worked both in France and in the USA....