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Prax, Valentine Henriette

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00145672
Prax, Valentine Henriette

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French, 20th century, female.

Born 1899, in Bône (now Annaba), Algeria; died 15 April 1981, in Paris.

Painter (including gouache), monotype artist, watercolourist. Genre scenes, scenes with figures, harbour views, figures, nudes, landscapes, still-lifes (including flowers). Painting under glass.

Valentine Prax studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Algiers before coming to Paris in 1919. She was married to the sculptor Ossip Zadkine. Her artistic values, which were clear from the outset, were based on sound construction underpinned by deep and judicious colour. Her works are characterised by loose brushwork and her mastery of painting techniques can be judged by her breadth of subject matter. Besides her landscapes and still-lifes, she left rural scenes - ...

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Subjects: Painting ; Prints and Printmaking ; 20th-Century Art

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