Mario Prassinos


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Greek-French painter, designer, and graphic artist, born in Constantinople. He moved to Paris in 1922, studied languages at the Sorbonne, 1932–6, and acquired French nationality in 1940. In 1937 he began exhibiting Surrealist paintings, but after the Second World War he turned to expressive abstraction in the Tachiste manner. Much of his work was concerned with the image of his grandfather Pretextat; Prassinos explained the obsession in his book Les Pretextats (1973). His work also included illustrations for several books and designs for the theatre and ballet.

From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.

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