Baziotes, William

Baziotes, William

Baziotes, William (băzēōˈtēz), 1912–64, American painter, b. Pittsburgh. Baziotes's works of the 1940s and 50s are largely abstract images, usually with brooding, primitive qualities encompassed in rich and muted colors. He taught in New York City at several schools including the Brooklyn Museum Art School and New York Univ. Representative works are Dragon (Metropolitan Mus.) and The Dwarf and Pompeii (both: Mus. of Modern Art, New York City).
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Baziotes, William

(1912–63) painter; born in Pittsburgh, Pa. Based in New York, he was one of the founders of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors (1940). His calligraphic approach to painting can be seen in such works as Moon Forms (1947), and Pompeii (1955).
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