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RAMON CASAS I CARBO (1866/1932), SPANISH PAINTER – Catalan Modernism and avant-garde movements

AT THE GATE OF SPANISH PICTORIAL MODERNISM – Between portraits and caricatures RAMON CASAS I CARBO 1/3 – He was the son of a wealthy family and soon revealed his inclination to art. He had become famous for his paintings on social revolts, but he was also graphic designer of billboard poster and postcards. His 64-year-old parenthesis opens and closes ...

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MARUJA MALLO (1902/1995), SPANISH PAINTER – Painting with imagination, emotion and sensuality

PRECIOUS AND ADMIRABLE PAINTINGS, EVEN FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL RANGE MARUJA MALLO 1/3 – She was born in Viveiro (Lugo) in 1902. http://www.spain.info/en/que-quieres/ciudades-pueblos/otros-destinos/viveiro.html She attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Saint Fernando, interacting with poets and artists (like Salvador Dali and the poet Méndez Shell), and tightening a deep bond of friendship with Rafael Alberti, with whom she had an important ...

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CARMEN LAFFON DE LA ESCOSURA (1934), SPANISH FIGURATIVE PAINTER – One of the pillars of Lyrical Realism

WOMAN WHO MADE THE SPANISH HISTORY OF ART AND SOCIETY – The Andalusian woman painter of intimate environments, gardens, still life and ponds CARMEN LAFFON DE LA ESCOSURA 1/3 – Her beginnings in painting took place at the age of 12, under the care of a valentine painter. She was born in Seville http://www.sevillaonline.es/english/seville/ and is a Spanish figurative painter ...

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THE ERASERS (Les Gommes) – Novel, by Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922/2008)

He was born in Brest, to a family of scientists, and was trained as an agricultural engineer. His first published novel was The Erasers (Les Gommes), which was issued in 1953. He was one of the figures most associated with the new novel. Alain Robbe-Grillet is internationally hailed as the chief spokesman for the noveau roman, and one of the ...

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GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE (1880/1918) – Leader of the Surrealist movement, which marked an epoch

He became friends with avant-garde artists (including Picasso and Braque, Rousseau and Duchamp). Illegitimate son of Polish woman and an unidentified man (his father may have been a cardinal in the Church or an Italian military officer) was born in Rome. His career influenced the development of such artistic movements (as Futurism and Cubism, Dadaism, and Surrealism). Guillaume Apollinaire was bohemian artist ...

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RAOUL DUFY (1877/1953), FRENCH FAUVIST PAINTER – Broad brushstrokes and bright colours

VIVID COLOURS, BRIGHTLY BACHGROUNDS AND SENSE OF JOIE DE VIVRE – Raoul Dufy and the decorative scenes of luxury RAOUL DUFY 1/3 – He was born in Le Havre in 1877, becoming painter noted for his brightly coloured and decorative scenes of luxury. In 1900 he went to Paris to attend the École des Beaux-Arts, painting in Impressionist style in ...

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HENRI JULIEN ROUSSEAU (1844/1910), FRENCH PAINTER – Painter, who had no teacher other than nature

THE ALPHA AND OMEGA OF PAINTING – Henry Julien Rousseau painting like a child HENRI JULIEN ROUSSEAU 1/3 – He had no teacher, other than nature. He was born in Laval (Loire Valley) to the family of a plumber. He became a friend of Picasso and was a self-taught painter inside the Paris avant-garde. In 1868 he moved to Paris, ...

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ALBERT GLEIZES (1881/1953), FRENCH CUBIST PAINTER – The multiplicity of pictorial points of view

AN SELF-TAUGHT MAN, AMONG THE LEADING REPRESENTATIVES OF CUBISM – Albert Gleizes: from the fervor of the Salon des Indépendants to the quiet of Saint-Rémy de Provence ALBERT GLEIZES 1/3 – Frenchman, who was born in Paris was greatly influenced by Cézanne, before becoming a painter linked to the Cubist movement. His first paintings were impressionist landscapes, but he broke ...

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WOLFGANG LETTL (1919/2008), GERMAIN PAINTER – Surrealistic experiments with murals, graffiti and mosaics

A SURREALIST PAINTER WHO LOVED PUGLIA – Wolfgang Lettl: landscapes and portraits in surrealist style WOLFGANG LETTL 1/3 – He was a surrealist painter, who was born and who died in Augsburg, Germany. At the age of 20, he served as a communications officer in occupied Paris (working on his watercolours and first became exposed to surrealism). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKkBEgsCF1c Starting 1945, ...

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ANSELM KIEFER (1945), GERMAN PAINTER – The Neo-Expressionist artist who draws with unusual media

FROM THE BLACK FOREST TO THE VISUAL ART – Anselm Kiefer: the big trip of German painter ANSELM KIEFER 1/3 – He is Artist of the Neo-Expressionism. His works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead and shellac. He, the son of an art teacher, was born during the final months of World War II. He was raised in ...

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