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NameBrassaï (pseudonym of Gyula Halász)
Born9 September 1899, Brassó, Kingdom of Hungary (now Brașov, Romania)
Died8 July 1984 (aged 84), Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France
Alma MaterHungarian Academy of Fine Arts
OccupationsPhotographer, writer, sculptor, painter
SpouseGilberte-Mercédès Boyer (m. 1948)
Known ForPhotography, sculpture, writing, filmmaking
LanguagesHungarian, Romanian
Artistic InfluenceHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Early LifeLived in Paris at age three; father taught at the Sorbonne; studied painting and sculpture in Budapest
Military ServiceServed in a cavalry regiment of the Austro-Hungarian army during WWI
Post-WWIMoved to Berlin in 1920; worked as a journalist; studied at Berlin-Charlottenburg Academy of Fine Arts
Paris ConnectionMoved to Paris, and became part of the Hungarian artist circle
Notable DiscoveriesOver 200 letters and hundreds of drawings from 1940 to 1984 were discovered in the early 21st century

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