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Maurice Baskine

1901-1968 (Ukraine)

Baskine was a French Ukranian-born artist whose artworks and theories were  inspired and informed by alchemy, astrology and Kabbalah. His symbolist  paintings caught the attention of Andre Breton, who asked him to illustrate Arcane 17 (1947) and join the surrealists. Shortly thereafter Baskine was contacted by Jean Dubuffet, and his strange and distinctive works included (for a short time) in shows at le Foyer d’Art Brut.