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- February – El Lissitzky enters a Swiss sanatorium, suffering from tuberculosis.
- May 15 – Juan Gris delivers his lecture Des possibilités de la peinture at the University of Paris.
- July 9 – American painters Edward Hopper and Josephine Nivison marry at the French evangelical church in New York City; Guy Pène du Bois attends.
- August – English artist and designer Eric Gill moves with some of his artistic community from Ditchling in East Sussex to the disused Llanthony Abbey at Capel-y-ffin in Wales.
- September 24 – Première of the Dadaist post-Cubist Futurist experimental art film Ballet Mécanique conceived, written and co-directed by the painter Fernand Léger in collaboration with Dudley Murphy and Man Ray at the Internationale Ausstellung neuer Theatertechnik (International Exposition for New Theater Technique) in Vienna presented by Frederick Kiesler. It features Alice Prin ("Kiki de Montparnasse") and has a musical score by American composer George Antheil but is presented in a silent version on this occasion.
- December – The Bucharest International Modern Art Exhibit, an avant-garde event hosted by Contimporanul, displaying works by Constantin Brâncuși, Hans Arp, Paul Klee, János Mattis-Teutsch, Kurt Schwitters, Michel Seuphor, Miliţa Pătraşcu, Marcel Janco, Victor Brauner and M. H. Maxy.
- The Surrealist Manifesto is conceived.
- Sir Frank Brangwyn is commissioned to paint the British Empire Panels, intended for the Royal Gallery in the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, but eventually inaugurated in the Brangwyn Hall at the Guildhall, Swansea, in 1934.
- Vilmos Aba Novák's works are on display for the first time.
- Daniel Chester French begins work on his statue of Abraham Lincoln (located at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.) completed in 1925.
- Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant open a common studio.
- Ben Nicholson begins to paint abstracts.
- 28 January – George Papassavas, Greek-American painter
- 29 January
- 6 February – John Richardson, English art historian.
- 7 March – Eduardo Paolozzi, Scottish sculptor and artist (d.2005).
- 8 March – Anthony Caro, English sculptor (d.2013).
- 13 March – Paul Brach, American abstract painter, lecturer and educator (d.2007).
- 30 March – Robert Dickerson, Australian figurative painter (d.2015).
- 10 April – Kenneth Noland, American painter.
- 20 June – Fritz Koenig, German sculptor.
- 7 August – Georges Lévis, French comic artist (d.1988).
- 8 August – Edouard Jaguer, French poet and art critic (d.2006).
- 29 August – Jack Baer, British art dealer (d.2016).
- 21 September – David Sylvester, English art critic and curator (d.2001).
- 22 September – Charles Keeping, English illustrator, children's book author and lithographer (d.1988).
- 19 November – Knut Steen, Norwegian sculptor (d.2011).
- 26 November – George Segal, American painter and sculptor (d.2000).
- 17 December – Clifton Pugh, Australian artist (d.1990).
- 24 December – Nissim Ezekiel, Indian poet, playwright and art critic (d.2004).
- 24 December – Michael Goldberg, American abstract expressionist painter and teacher (d.2007).
- date unknown
- February 1 – Maurice Prendergast, American painter (b. 1858)
- February 11 – Jean-François Raffaëlli, French realist painter, sculptor and printmaker (b. 1850)
- March 9 – Daniel Ridgway Knight, American painter (b. 1839)
- April 3 – Franz von Bayros, Austrian erotic artist and illustrator (b. 1866)
- April 18 – Frank X. Leyendecker, American illustrator (b. 1877)
- April 22 – Sir James Lawton Wingate, Scottish landscape painter (b. 1846)
- May 30 – Amélie Beaury-Saurel, French painter (b. 1849)
- June 14 – Emile Claus, Belgian painter (b. 1849)
- July 12 – Henrietta Ward, English painter (b. 1832)
- August 19 – Ferdinand Cheval, French naïve architect of the "Palais Idéal" (b. 1836)
- November 2 – Kai Nielsen, Danish sculptor (b. 1882)
- November 7 – Hans Thoma, German painter (b. 1839)
- December 21 – Francesco Negri, Italian photographer (b. 1841)
- December 28 – Léon Bakst, Russian painter and theatrical designer (b. 1866)
- December 31 – Tomioka Tessai, Japanese painter and calligrapher in Meiji period (b. 1837)
- ^ Pascal Bajou, "Le manuscrit Juan Gris: un testament...artistique", Renaissance traditionelle, 2002, p309 (French)
- ^ Chilvers, Ian; Glaves-Smith, John, eds. (2009). Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art. Oxford University Press. p. 400.
- ^ Eliel, Carol S.; et al. (2001). L'Esprit Nouveau: Purism in Paris, 1918-1925. New York: Harry Abrams, Inc. p. 44. ISBN 0-8109-6727-8.
- ^ "Full history of the Branwyn Panels" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- ^ Yaron, Alex (April 16, 1983). "Reception set today in Palm Springs". Los Angeles Times. p. M4. Retrieved November 29, 2013. (Subscription required (help)).
- ^ "Kai Nielsen" (in Danish). Gyldendal. Retrieved 2011-01-22.