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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of the artists central to the Dada movement. Read more about the movement on the Dada Overview page.

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Arp, Hans (Jean) Biography, Art & Analysis

Arp, Hans (Jean)

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Arp, Hans (Jean) Famous Art

Hans Arp (also known as Jean Arp) incorporated chance, randomness, and organic forms into his sculptures, paintings, and collages. He was involved with Zurich Dada, Surrealism, and the Abstraction-Creation movement.

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Ball, Hugo Biography, Art & Analysis

Ball, Hugo

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Hugo Ball was a German-born author, poet and artist who is credited with leading the Dada movement in Zurich. In 1916, Ball penned the first Dada Manifesto, and claimed that he coined the term 'Dada' by randomly choosing the word from the dictionary.

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Baroness Freytag-Loringhoven Biography, Art & Analysis

Baroness Freytag-Loringhoven

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Baroness Freytag-Loringhoven Famous Art

Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, the provocateur and essential catalyst for New York Dada movement, upended notions of what was considered art.

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Bellmer, Hans Biography, Art & Analysis

Bellmer, Hans

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Hans Bellmer was a twentieth-century German avant-garde photographer and draughtsman, commonly associated with the Surrealism movement. Bellmer is best known for creating a series of pubescent female dolls in the 1930s, which were designed as a direct criticism of Nazi-controlled Germany and its idealization of the perfect human form. Bellmer eventually fled Germany for Paris and was embraced by Breton and the French Surrealists.

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Brancusi, Constantin Biography, Art & Analysis

Brancusi, Constantin

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Constantin Brancusi, a Romanian artist working in Paris, was one of the founders of modern sculpture. His abstracted animals, portrait busts, and totem-like figures revolutionized the traditional relationship between the sculpture and its base.

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Breton, Andre Biography, Art & Analysis

Breton, Andre

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André Breton, author of the 1924 Surrealist Manifesto, was an influential theorizer of both Dada and Surrealism. Born in France, he emigrated to New York during World War II, where he greatly influenced the Abstract Expressionists.

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Cahun, Claude Biography, Art & Analysis

Cahun, Claude

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Cahun, Claude Famous Art

Cahun's photographs are renowned for blurring the lines between gender and sexuality, as illustrated in her Surrealist-inspired and non-gender specific photomontages and self-portraits.

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De Zayas, Marius Biography, Art & Analysis

De Zayas, Marius

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De Zayas, Marius Famous Art

Celebrated for his caricatures and cartoons, the Mexican-American Marius de Zayas is best remembered today for his prescient introduction of modern art to America. De Zayas had a long association with Alfred Stieglitz and his circle, and he also was a supporter of modernism throughout his life.

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Duchamp, Marcel Biography, Art & Analysis

Duchamp, Marcel

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The French artist Marcel Duchamp was an instrumental figure in the avant-garde art worlds of Paris and New York. Moving through Dada, Surrealism, readymades, sculpture, and installation, his work involves conceptual play and an implicit attack on bourgeois art sensibilities.

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Grosz, George Biography, Art & Analysis

Grosz, George

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George Grosz was a German Dada and Neue Sachlichkeit artist. He was enamored of America and highly critical of Weimar society. Grosz immigrated to the United States just as Hitler came to power and opened a private art school in Des Moines.

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Höch, Hannah Biography, Art & Analysis

Höch, Hannah

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Höch, Hannah Famous Art

Hannah Hoch was a German-born Dada artist. She and Raoul Hausmann were among the first artists to work in photomontage. Hoch is most famous for her works dating from the Weimar years, most notably 1919's 'Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany,' which critiqued Weimar Germany.

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Janco, Marcel Biography, Art & Analysis

Janco, Marcel

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Marcel Janco was a Romanian and Israeli visual artist, architect, and art theorist. He was the co-founder of Dada and a proponent of Constructivism in Western Europe, and his work was widely regarded as avant-garde and innovative.

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Picabia, Francis Biography, Art & Analysis

Picabia, Francis

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Picabia, Francis Famous Art

Francis Picabia was a French artist who worked in Dada, Surrealist, and abstract modes, often employing language and mechanical imagery. He published the Dada journal 391 in Barcelona and America.

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Ray, Man Biography, Art & Analysis

Ray, Man

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Man Ray was an American artist in Paris whose photograms, objects, drawings, and other works played an important role in Dada, Surrealism, modern photography, and avant-garde art at large.

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Richter, Hans Biography, Art & Analysis

Richter, Hans

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Richter, Hans Famous Art

Hans Richter was a German-born American painter, graphic artist and experimental most importantly, filmmaker. Associated with the German Expressionist group The Blue Rider, and later with the Dada movement and De Stijl, Richter's life work is renowned for spanning much of the twentieth-century modern canon.

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Schwitters, Kurt Biography, Art & Analysis

Schwitters, Kurt

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Kurt Schwitters was a German artist who was particularly influential in the development of Dada movement and his own offshoot of Dada that he called Merz. Schwitters was heavily involved in the international avant-garde, with artists like El Lissitzky, Hans Arp, and Tristan Tzara.

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Taeuber-Arp, Sophie Biography, Art & Analysis

Taeuber-Arp, Sophie

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Taeuber-Arp, Sophie Famous Art

Sophie Taeuber-Arp is considered to be one of the most important artists of geometric abstraction of the twentieth century. Taeuber-Arp was married to Jean Arp, the major Dada artist, and the two worked together up to her early death.

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Tinguely, Jean Biography, Art & Analysis

Tinguely, Jean

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Tinguely, Jean Famous Art

Jean Tinguely is best known for his sculptural machines, known as metamechanics, that were made in the Dada tradition. His art often satirized the mindless overproduction of material goods in advanced industrial society.

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Tzara, Tristan Biography, Art & Analysis

Tzara, Tristan

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Tristan Tzara was a Romanian and French poet, playwright, and avant-garde performer who played a key role in the development and founding of Dada. A proponent of pure automatic techniques, he had an at-times contentious relationship with the Surrealism's direction in Paris.

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Dada: 19 of 310 Total Artists



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