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Jean Varda

American, (1893–1971)
Jean "Yanko" Varda was an American artist, best known for his collage work. He was the subject of the short documentary, Uncle Yanco (1967), made by his cousin, Agnès Varda. Varda was one of the early adopters of the Sausalito houseboat lifestyle that was popular in the 1960s–1970s. During the 1930s Varda developed a type of mosaic that involved the use of pieces of broken mirrors. By 1943 Varda started shifting over to collages from his earlier mosaic/mirror pictures. The collage, which would typically combine scraps of cloth and bits of paper with paint on a board, would remain his favored medium for the rest of his life. In 1946 Varda taught at a Summer Institute at Black Mountain College, an experimental school in rural North Carolina. During the late 1940s and early 1950s Varda taught at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute).


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