Benda, Wladyslaw Theodor (vlädĭˈsläf bäNdäˈ) [key], 1873–1948, Polish American painter and illustrator, b. Poland. He studied at the Art Academy in Cracow and in Vienna, San Francisco, and New York City. In addition to decorative works and many illustrations for magazines and books, he created modern masks, used in the theater; they were first seen in Greenwich Village Follies (1920). Benda wrote Masks (1945).
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