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Raymond Hains was a French artist renown for his collage images and work with photography. Raymond Hains was born in Saint-Brieuc, France in the year 1926. Hains attended the Ecole Nationale des Beaux- Arts located in Rennes, France.

The artist became interested in photography after seeing an early photomontage that was the cover a book that he read.

Hains went on to work as an apprentice to the French photographer Emmanuel Sougez. It was here he learned the basics of the medium. He began producing his own style of photography in 1946.

The artist was one of the first photographers to experiment with abstract designs rather than traditional realism.

Price range information: The artist created posters, sculptures of wood and metal, and collage work. Prices range from $5,000 to $300,000.

Hains took part in the first Paris Biennial.

Below a great montage of works by Raymond Hains:

Raymond Hains passed away in 2005.

Raymond Hains was a wonderful artist who was very ahead of his time. Hains was the precedent for such as artists as Jasper Johns and one could argue that Hains also help to inspire text artists such as taggers and graffiti writers.

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