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Haas, Aad de  

Dutch, 20th century, male.

Born 1920, in Rotterdam; died 1972, in Schaesberg.

Painter, engraver.

Aad de Haas's art is connected to an Expressionism deriving directly from the German School, where religion and sexuality are closely intermingled. His painting is defined by a fantastical interpretation of familiar subjects. He exhibited from ...


Kralj, Franz  

Slovene, 20th century, male.

Born 26 September 1895, in Zagorica; died 1960.

Painter, sculptor. Religious subjects, portraits.

Franz Kralj was the founder and main representative of the Slovenian Expressionist movement. He exhibited immediately after World War I in Belgrade, Prague and Berlin. In Czechoslovakia he represented the ...


Nolde, Emil  

German, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 7 August 1867, in Nolde; died 13 April 1956, in Siekbüll (Schleswig).

Painter, engraver, lithographer, sculptor. Religious subjects, figure compositions, figures, landscapes, seascapes.

Die Brücke, Dachau Artists’ Colony.

The son of a farmer, Emil Nolde’s early economic and social conditions were not conducive to an artistic career. He developed his talents as an apprentice woodcarver from 1884 to 1888 in Flensburg, with Heinrich Sauermann. He then worked as a designer in furniture factories in Munich, Karlsruhe, and Berlin. It was in Karlsruhe, from 1888, that he took up drawing and painting, initially at evening classes, then full-time at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts). From 1889 to 1892, he lived in Berlin, where he worked as a design draughtsman for the Pfaff furniture factory. In 1892, he taught ornamental draughtsmanship at the Gewerbemuseum at St Gall, Switzerland, where he stayed for seven years. It was here that he began to draw and paint watercolours of landscapes and faces in his spare time....


Paxton, Mollie  

Australian, 20th century, female.

Painter. Figure compositions, religious subjects.

Mollie Paxton was the wife of the Australian Expressionist painter Brian Midlaine. Their work was not appreciated in Australia, and she exhibited mainly in London. She was a self-confessed follower of Georges Rouault and her painting is influenced by his work....