Michel Seuphor


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(b Antwerp, 10 Mar. 1901; d Paris, 12 Feb. 1999).

Belgian-born painter, printmaker, writer, and editor who became a French citizen in 1954. He was originally called Fernand Berckelaers; his adopted name ‘Seuphor’ is an anagram of ‘Orpheus’. In 1925 he settled in Paris, where he was one of the founders of the Cercle et Carré association of abstract artists in 1929 and editor of its journal. His artistic work is in a geometrical abstract style, but he is better known for his writings. They include dictionaries of abstract painting (1957) and modern sculpture (1959), both of which have been translated into English.

Subjects: Art.

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