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Arcabas  

French, 20th century, male.

Born 1926, in Frémery (Moselle).

Painter, sculptor, decorative designer. Figure compositions, religious subjects, landscapes. Murals, church decoration, designs for mosaics and stained-glass windows, stage sets, stage costumes.

Arcabas studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and also had a degree. He was a friend of the painter Dimitri Varbanesco. He exhibited in numerous towns in France and abroad. From ...

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Derain, André  

French, 20th century, male.

Born 10 June 1880, in Chatou; died 10 September 1954, in Garches, as the result of an accident.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, pastellist, draughtsman (red chalk/charcoal/ink), sculptor (including bronze), engraver (wood/metal), lithographer, illustrator. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, nudes, hunting scenes, scenes with figures, horse racing scenes, landscapes, waterscapes, landscapes with figures, urban landscapes, seascapes, architectural views, still-lifes, flowers, fruit...

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Erdély, Miklós  

Annamaria Szőke

(b Budapest, July 4, 1928; d Budapest, May 22, 1986).

Hungarian architect, sculptor, conceptual and performance artist, teacher, theorist and film maker. He came from a Jewish–Christian family, many of whom were killed during World War II. In 1947 he began training as a sculptor at the College of Fine Arts in Budapest, but he left and continued his studies in the studio of Dezső Birman Bokros (1889–1965), before training as an architect from 1947 to 1951 at the Technical University in Budapest. During the 1950s and early 1960s he worked as an architect and began experimenting with painting and graphic art, as well as writing poems and short stories. During this period he became acquainted with such artists as Dezső Korniss, László Latner and, most importantly, Béla Kondor and Sándor Altorjai (1933–79), with whom he began a lifelong friendship. In 1959 and 1963 he also enrolled at the Budapest College of Theatre and Film Arts but was advised to leave both times....

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Pasquier, Jacques  

French, 20th century, male.

Born 9 April 1932, in Caen.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, lithographer, illustrator, sculptor. Scenes with figures, landscapes. Murals, church decoration, stage costumes and sets.

Jacques Pasquier built up an entomological collection from 1946 to 1956, while also drawing comic strips. He started oil painting in ...

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Pignon-Ernest, Ernest  

French, 20th century, male.

Born 1942, in Nice.

Draughtsman, sculptor, intervention artist. Religious subjects, figures, nudes.

Nouvelle Figuration, Figuration Narrative.

Pignon-Ernest creates stencil paintings, serigraphs taken from preparatory drawings in charcoal and black pencil, casts and frescoes, all of which are destined to disappear over time as they are exposed to the weather. He situates his figures and tortured bodies at the heart of everyday life in the city, and also in natural surroundings, such as his 'aboriginal' sculptures of nudes in vegetable resin placed in trees. He conceives his images according to their location, distorting them if the angle of a building dictates it, and adapting the form to the environment. The place where the work is situated is a decisive factor and gives the image its entire meaning, for example, ...

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Poitras, Edward  

Native American (Gordon First Nation), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1953, in Regina (Saskatchewan).

Sculptor, painter, draughtsman, installation artist, performance artist.

A highly regarded figure in the field of First Nations/Native American contemporary art in Canada, Edward Poitras was the first indigenous artist to gain the distinction of representing his country at the Venice Biennale in ...

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Prassinos, Mario  

Greek, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1922 and naturalised from 1949.

Born 12 August 1916, in Istanbul, to Greek parents; died 23 October 1985, in Eygalières, France.

Painter (including gouache), draughtsman (including ink/wash), sculptor, engraver, illustrator. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, scenes with figures, landscapes, mountainscapes, landscapes with figures, harbour scenes...

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Salesses, J. B.  

French, 19th century, male.

Born 2 November 1817, in Toulouse; died 20 March 1873, in Orléans.

Sculptor, painter, draughtsman, musician. Religious subjects, portraits. Busts, statuettes.

Orléans: Portrait of Meyerbeer (plaster bust); Christ (plaster statuette)

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Stoenesco de Pontbriant, Michel  

Romanian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 5 June 1946, in Bucharest.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, illustrator. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, scenes with figures, landscapes, still-lifes, flowers. Icons, frescoes, stage costumes and sets, designs for stained glass.

Michel Stoenesco de Pontbriant is the son of Grégoire and the great-nephew of Eustache Grégoire. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Romania and taught Byzantine art at Helsinki between ...

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Verrocchio, Andrea del  

born: Andrea di Michele di (Francesco) Cioni

Italian, 15th century, male.

Born 1435, in Florence; died 7 October 1488, in Venice.

Painter, sculptor, goldsmith, musician. Religious subjects, historical figures. Equestrian statues.

Florentine School.

Andrea Verrocchio’s biographical details are not really known, but his works are proof of the important place he occupies in the history of art. It is known that he was born in Florence in 1435, that he was outstanding in the art of the goldsmith, and that he studied under Donatello. He also established a famous workshop where he taught a number of pupils including Perugino, Lorenzo di Credi, and Leonardo da Vinci. Verrocchio’s workshop, as will be seen shortly, was pivotal in the development of Florentine art.

Vasari says that Cosimo de’ Medici, like all the family members so famous for their patronage of the arts, was a great lover of classical ruins. He brought back a white marble Marsyas from Rome to be placed in one of his gardens in Florence. His nephew Lorenzo, the future ...