Now a symbol of peace and resistance, Maria Prymachenko was one of Ukraine’s greatest artists. Self-taught, she became a legendary example of the Naive art movement. But in looking at her work, with the context of the time period in mind, could we say that is was just folksy and whimsical, or did it contain some brilliantly camouflaged criticisms of Stalin’s genocidal operations…

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A modernist through and through, Alexander Liberman was not only one of the greatest art directors in history –legendary for his decades-long reign as Editorial Director at Condé Nast– he was also a celebrated artist in his own right. In contrast to the bold, fabulous fashion of his Vogue…

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After having his painting of a woman eating oysters alone barred from an exhibition in Antwerp, the artist James Ensor banded together with his friends to form a new group of artists known as Les XX. They would spend a decade exhibiting together alongside other luminaries of the time including great artists, musicians and literary folk.

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