Dada

Jean Cocteau - Photo of the artist - Image via pinterest

Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau was an enormously prominent French artist and author widely recognized as one of the major figures of Dada and Surrealism, two key early avant-garde artistic movements. With a portfolio that spanned painting, novels, poetry, plays and films, Cocteau established himself as a leading creative force in Paris[1]. He maintained long-term friendships...

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Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

The forgotten mama of Dada, the eccentric poet, sculpture and performance artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven was for sure one of the most important feminists and avant-garde artists of the early 20th century. Known as the pioneering female artist...

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Hannah Hoch

Prized for her pioneering collage and photomontage artworks, Hannah Höch was not only a rare female individual practicing prominently in the arts of the early twentieth century but was also consciously and successfully promoting the idea of women working...

Man Ray - Photograph of the artist at the beach in France - Image via tate

Man Ray

Emmanuel Radnitzky, by far better known by his iconic pseudonym of Man Ray, was an American artist whose innovative work established him as the leading figure behind the concepts of Dada and Surrealism, as well as for the rest of the early avant-garde art....

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Jean Arp

Easily considered to be one of those rare one-man movement occasions in art history, Jean Arp was a pioneer of what we now call abstract expression. His impressive paintings, reliefs and sculptures introduced many innovative thoughts, such as the...

Mr. Dada Kurt Schwitters' Merzbau and the Art of Lang-Katago (detail), photo via bilderundworte.de

Kurt Schwitters

One of the most engaging dissidents of the 20th century, Kurt Schwitters expressed himself through various mediums as painting, sculpture, poetry, graphic design, and typography, but the things that distinguished his work among others were his collages,...

Jean Tinguely

One of the most important artist in the development of Kinetic art as well as Nouveau réalisme, Jean Tinguely was a Swiss sculptor widely recognized for his thought-provoking and playful pieces that he liked to call metamechanics. Using ordinary everyday...

Erwin Blumenfeld - Self Portrait (detail) - New York - 1950 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld

Erwin Blumenfeld

Considered as one of the most innovative and influential photographers of the 20th century, Erwin Blumenfeld made a significant contribution to the fashion industry between 1940’s and 1950’s. His photographs were on the postwar pages of Vogue, Harper’s...

Joan Miro

Joan Miro

The mind is a fascinating thing, and there’s no saying how deep it may truly be, or how high it may soar. We may be confined to our daily thoughts that may be as impressive, but in our dreams, we see how far it can really take us. The man titled to be one...

Salvador Dali - profile picture, portrait, surrealism, cubism, dada

Salvador Dali

One of the most original, innovative, and famous figures in history, Salvador Dali was a Spanish artist who left his mark on the art world a few has managed to do before him. Or after. Remembered for his characteristic mustache and extravagant personality as...

Max Ernst - portrait, photo credits - Claudia Biddle

Max Ernst

One of the most recognized artists of the twentieth century Max Ernst was a proponent of Dada and one of the founding members of Surrealism. Born in Germany, but spent the greatest part of his life in France, Ernst was also one of the first artists to apply...

George Grosz

George Grosz was a German artist known for his caustic pen-and-ink caricatures of Berlin life in the 1920s. He was a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group during the Weimar Republic before immigrating to the United States in 1933....

Francis Picabia - Photo of the artist, November 1925 - Image via netdna-cdncom november

Francis Picabia

Francis Picabia was a celebrated French avant-garde painter, poet and typographist who was one of the leading figures of the Dada movement both in Paris and New York. After shortly experimenting with Impressionism and Pointillism at the initial stage of his...