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Uruguayan, 20th century, male.

Active in Spain.

Born 5 February 1898, in Montevideo; died 12 February 1929, in Montevideo.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator, scenographer. Religious subjects, genre scenes, scenes with figures, landscapes, urban landscapes. Stage sets, comic cartoons.

The son of Spanish emigrants, Rafaél Pérez Barradas spent most of his artistic life in Spain, where he was soon contributing illustrations to the press. In 1913, he traveled in Italy and France, then settled in Condal. In 1928, he decided to return to Uruguay. He died prematurely of an illness. He is considered to have formed part of the Spanish artistic avant-garde at the beginning of the 1920s. Starting in a Post-Impressionist style that was soon influenced by Gauguin, he rapidly lightened his palette and became interested in the Cubist vision of reality while breaking out of the unitary vision of form. His canvases, with grey and ochre colours, represent landscapes and burlesque scenes from daily life. ...


American, 20th century, male.

Born 2 September 1911, in Charlotte (North Carolina); died 12 March 1988, in New York.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, lithographer, screen printer, engraver, collage artist, newspaper cartoonist, illustrator, art theorist. Religious subjects, figure compositions, local figures. Humorous cartoons, frontispieces, stage sets...


American, 19th century, male.

Born 1837, in Philadelphia; died 26 May 1879, in Philadelphia.

Painter, illustrator. Religious subjects, landscapes.

George Frederick Bensell studied painting in Philadelphia for three years with John Lamblin. He sometimes painted landscapes, but concentrated on biblical scenes. Among his biblical paintings are: ...


Argentinian, 20th century, male.

Born 6 September 1877, in Dolorès.

Painter, illustrator. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits, landscapes.

Brughetti was a student at the Royal Institute in London, the Artistic Association in Rome and the Académie Julian in Paris. He was a writer and he illustrated most of his literary work, including ...


American, 20th century, male.

Born 1887, in Springfield (Ohio); died 1932.

Painter, lithographer, illustrator. Religious subjects.

Glenn O. Coleman began working as a newspaper illustrator in Indianapolis but moved to New York in 1905, where he studied under Everett Shinn and Robert Henri. He painted scenes of urban poverty which link him to the Ashcan School. During this period he collaborated with Sloan and Bellows, illustrating ...


American, 20th century, male.

Born 20 March 1910, in North Plainfield (New Jersey).

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, print artist, illustrator. Religious subjects, figures, figure compositions, genre scenes, street scenes. Murals, church decoration, religious furnishings.

Harlem Renaissance.

Allan Rohan Crite studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and then at Harvard University Extension School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the Depression, he worked for the Federal Arts Project. He lived in Boston since he was one year old. From the early 1940s, Crite set out to paint the life of the black community in Roxbury and South End, Boston. He also created a number of religious works for churches in the 1930s and illustrated religious books. In particular, he published two books of Negro Spirituals with Harvard University Press, ...


American, 20th century, male.

Born 12 April 1892, in Chicago; died 1973, in Plains (Illinois).

Painter, watercolourist, collage artist, illustrator.

Art Brut.

Henry J. Darger worked as a handyman at the Catholic mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who took him in when his father died, and then in various hospitals in Chicago....


American, 20th century, male.

Born in St Louis.

Painter, illustrator. Church decoration.

Thomas Furlong studied at the Art Students' League in New York, of which he later became a member. He produced church decorations.

Kettlewell, James K.: Artists of Lake George, 1776-1976, exhibition catalogue, 1976....


Emmanuel Ortega

(fl 16th century).

Mexican painter. Gerson’s life and oeuvre has been linked to the Apocalypse of St John frescoes (1562) in the Franciscan church of Tecamachalco in the state of Puebla. The images were first painted on amate (bark paper made from the amate tree) and later transferred to the vaults above the choir where pigments were added in the fresco medium to blend both surfaces together. The cycle came to prominence via the scholarship of Manuel Toussaint, who in 1932 assigned the authorship to a painter from Flanders named Juan Gerson. Since then, the cycle’s authorship, along with Gerson’s identity, has remained a topic of controversy. Starting in the 1960s, art historians Rosa Camelo Arredondo, Jorge Gurría Lacroix, and Constantino Reyes Valerio revised this view stating that Gerson was instead a local indigenous artist. They agreed that Gerson was the principal master behind these images whose technique remains a prime example of how Pre-Columbian and European traditions were intertwined in religious spaces in New Spain....


American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1961, in Los Angeles.

Painter, draughtswoman. Figures, animals. Artists' books.

Following a serious car accident, Anne Grgich joined a fanatical religious sect in Portland (Oregon) and, later, frequented the punk and drugs sub-culture of San Francisco. She gave up drugs in ...


American, 20th century, male.

Born 17 September 1904.

Painter, illustrator. Religious subjects.


American, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in the Netherlands.

Born 29 September 1850, in Providence; died 2 August 1913, in Marken, the Netherlands.

Painter, watercolourist, illustrator. Religious subjects, genre scenes, landscapes, flowers, figures.

George Hitchcock, son of portrait painter Charles Hitchcock, received a law degree from Harvard University in ...


American, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 31 March 1835, in New York; died 14 November 1910, in Providence (Rhode Island).

Painter, illustrator, watercolourist. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, flowers. Murals, designs for stained glass.

Japonisme, Orientalism.

John La Farge was a leading personality in 19th- and early 20th-century American art. His French-born father took part in General Leclerc's expedition to suppress a slave rebellion on the Caribbean island of St-Domingue (present-day Haiti), after which he settled in the USA and married the daughter of a miniaturist. John La Farge's earliest artistic training was from his maternal grandfather, but he subsequently followed a conventional, academic course of study, practising painting and drawing in his spare time, until 1856. With his studies completed, La Farge embarked for Europe where he met Chassériau, Puvis de Chavannes and the Goncourt brothers. He worked for a time in the Paris studio of the painter Thomas Couture, and copied Old Masters in the Louvre and in museums in England, Belgium and Holland. La Farge began training as a lawyer upon his return to the USA, but devoted himself to an artistic career from 1859, when he became a pupil of William Morris Hunt in Newport, Rhode Island. He became fascinated by Japanese art from 1861, and published ...


American, 20th century, female.

Born 3 June 1895, in Alpine (New Jersey); died 11 August 1981, in Cresskill (New Jersey).

Painter, stained glass painter, illustrator. Religious subjects. Designs for stained glass, designs for mosaics.

Katherine Stymetz Lamb was married to the painter Frederick Stymetz Lamb. She trained in New York at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League and the Cooper Union Art School. Katherine travelled to Paris in ...


Canadian, 19th century, male.

Born 10 March 1789, in Quebec; died 1855, in Quebec.

Painter, copyist, art restorer. Religious subjects, genre scenes, portraits, landscapes.

Joseph Légaré started his career as a copier of religious paintings and a restorer of pictures which he collected, notably canvases by Jean Louis Desjardins. He then started to paint portraits as well as Canadian and Native American scenes. He was best known as a portrait painter. He was also a teacher, and one of his pupils was Antoine Plamondon, another Quebec portrait painter. He was a political supporter of Louis Joseph Papineau and was arrested as a suspect after the Lower Canada rebellion in ...


Chilean, 20th century, male.

Born 23 July 1907, in Valparaíso.

Sculptor, draughtsman, illustrator. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits.

Nadzov had an exhibition of his drawings in Paris in 1933. He illustrated many books and produced portraits of prominent figures. His sculptures were inspired by subjects from antiquity and religion, and he created stage sets for ...


German, 19th century, male.

Born 27 September 1840, in Landau, Germany, to American parents; died 7 December 1902, in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Painter, caricaturist, draughtsman, illustrator. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes.

Nast's father, a musician in Bavaria, had to leave Germany in 1846 for political reasons. The family went to New York where, at a very early age, Nast started to produce drawings for various American newspapers and magazines. In 1860 he was sent to England by the ...


American, 20th century, male.

Born 23 May 1941, in Washington DC.

Sculptor (wood/stone/bronze), draughtsman, engraver (wood), illustrator.

Martin Puryear studied biology, painting and illustration at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, then took a degree in Art and Architecture at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut in ...


American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, in Chicago.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator, lithographer. Religious subjects, musical subjects.

Archie Rand first studied at the Chicago Art Institute and then at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. He established his position as a contemporary artist while still a teenager, with his ...


Brazilian, 20th century, male.

Active from 1921 to 1957 active in France.

Born 19 December 1899, in Recife; died 1970, in Recife.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, illustrator. Figure compositions, religious subjects, allegorical subjects, local figures, portraits.

Vicente do Rego Monteiro travelled to France very young. He entered the Académie Julian at the age of 11, and studied painting and sculpture at the same time. Then after a journey to Brazil he settled in Paris, his true artistic home, and in ...