Amédée Ozenfant

Amédée Ozenfant

[oh-zahn-fahn]
Ozenfant, Amédée, 1886-1966, French art theorist and painter. He criticized the cubists after 1912 for creating a merely decorative art form. Ozenfant advocated a disciplined geometry known as purism. With Le Corbusier he wrote Après le cubisme (1918) and La peinture moderne (1927). His painting The Vases is in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. Ozenfant's book Foundations of Modern Art (1931) is well-known.

Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo (August 25, 1719November 15, 1795) was a French painter of allegorical scenes and portraits.

He studied under his father, the painter Jean-Baptiste van Loo, at Turin and Rome, where in 1738 he won the Prix de Rome, then at Aix-en-Provence, before returning to Paris in 1745. He was invited to join the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1747, and that year he married his cousin Marie-Marguerite Lebrun, daughter of the painter Michel Lebrun (died 1753).

Among his brothers were the painters François van Loo (1708–1732) and Louis-Michel van Loo (1707–1771).

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