Posts Tagged ‘artists’

365 Days of Art: October 31 – Completed Sistine Ceiling Unveiled, Egon Schiele Dies

October 31, 2014

October 31, 1512 On All Saints Eve, an important date on the Catholic calendar, exactly four years and four weeks after beginning the project, the entire Sistine Ceiling is unveiled for Pope Julius and 17 cardinals for evening vespers. Vasari the art historian, writes: When the work was thrown open, the whole world could be […]

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Han van Meegeren in the witness box at his trial. One of his forgeries is behind him.

365 Days of Art: October 29 – Tortured Witness Testifies Against Artemesia, George Luks Dies After Bar Fight, Art Forger Goes on Trial

October 30, 2014

October 29, 1612 The manuscript from the trial of Artemisia Gentileschi’s rapist shows that Artemisia’s studio assistant gives testimony against the victim, his boss…while being tortured. Nicolo Bedino, who ground and mixed colors for Artemisia, is stripped naked and hung from a rope while testifying that he had delivered letters from her to several men. […]

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Pinacoteca Vaticana

365 Days of Art: October 27 – Egon Schiele Completes Last Artworks, Lichtenstein is Born, Pinacoteca Vaticana Opens

October 27, 2014

October 27, 1918 Egon Schiele completes his final two artworks, drawings of his wife in bed with the Spanish flu. She dies the next morning, as did 20 million others in this worldwide epidemic. Schiele himself dies three days afterwards, also of the flu. October 27, 1923 Roy Lichtenstein is born. October 27, 1932 The […]

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Joan Brown, Nude, Dog, Clouds, 1963

365 Days of Art: October 26 – Joan Brown Killed While Installing Sculpture

October 26, 2014

October 26, 1990 Joan Brown is killed while installing an obelisk she designed. This is probably the perfect way for an artist to die. I remember reading about this in our student newspaper at UC Berkeley, where she was a professor at the time.

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Matta and Breton c. 1939

365 Days of Art: October 25 – Picasso is Born, Krasner and Pollock Marry, Breton Excommunicates Matta for Affair with Gorky’s Wife

October 25, 2014

October 25, 1881 Picasso is born. Two fun facts about Picasso: his father was a drawing professor, and while most people think he couldn’t draw because of his focus on abstraction and Cubism, Picasso himself was excellent at drawing. October 25, 1945 Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock marry. October 25, 1948 André Breton excommunicates Matta […]

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Friday y Diego, circa 1931 in San Francisco

365 Days of Art: October 24 – Frida Writes a Letter About Diego’s Affair, Bacon’s Love Commits Suicide

October 24, 2014

October 24, 1934 Frida writes to her pal and confidante, Dr. Eloesser: I have suffered so much in three months that it is going to be difficult for me to feel completely well soon but I have done everything I can to forget what happened between Diego and me [referring to his affair with her […]

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Barnett Newman, Lace Curtain for Mayor Daley, mixed media sculpture with barbed wire, 1968

365 Days of Art: October 23 – Gauguin Moves in with Vincent; Art Exhibition Takes on Chicago Mayor’s Brutality

October 23, 2014

October 23, 1888 Paul Gauguin arrives in Arles to live with Vincent van Gogh in the Yellow House. This is something Vincent has wanted for some time, but his dreams of an art community dissipate as he and Gauguin repeatedly clash. By the end of the fall, Gauguin moves out and Vincent infamously cuts off […]

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Paul Cezanne, The Pool, 1876

365 Days of Art: October 22 – Cezanne Dies

October 22, 2014

October 22, 1906 Paul Cezanne dies. He’s very important to 20th century art, and ushers in ideas about abstraction, especially reducing forms to their essential shapes, which other artists run with. He paints the same mountain over and over, dozens of times, to really investigate it. Watching Mt. Rainier now, with all of its different […]

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Guggenheim Museum, NYC

365 Days of Art: October 21 – Delacroix Writes to Brother About Patriotism, Guggenheim Museum Opens, Warhol Invites Self to Party at Leather Bar

October 21, 2014

October 21, 1830 Eugene Delacroix, who has been working on Liberty Leading the People, writes to his brother: My bad mood is vanishing thanks to hard work. I’ve embarked on a modern subject — a barricade. And if I haven’t fought for my country at least I’ll paint for her.” October 21, 1959 The Solomon […]

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Peggy Guggenheim at Art of This Century

365 Days of Art: October 20 – Peggy Guggenheim Opens Art of This Century Gallery

October 20, 2014

October 20, 1942 Peggy Guggenheim opens the Art of This Century art gallery at 30 W. 57th Street in New York. A press release calls gallery a “research laboratory for new ideas” that will “serve the future instead of recording the past”. Guggenheim specializes in the work of European modernists and Surrealists like Picasso, Mondrian, […]

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Henry Ossawa Tanner, Daniel in the Lions' Den, 1907-1918 (recreation of the original, award-winning 1895 work, which was lost)

365 Days of Art: October 19 – Henry Ossawa Tanner Wins French Art Award

October 19, 2014

October 19, 1900 Henry Ossawa Tanner, a black painter who moved to France to escape American racial prejudice, wins the silver medal at the Universal Exposition in Paris for his painting Daniel in the Lions Den. He is one of Thomas Eakins’ all-time favorite students from their days at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine […]

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October 18-Canaletto-Piazza San Marco w Basilica

365 Days of Art: October 18 – Canaletto is Born

October 18, 2014

October 18, 1697 Giovanni Canal, the Venician landscape painter better known as Canaletto, is born.

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Henri Matisse, Le Bateau (The Boat), Paper Cut, 1953

365 Days of Art: October 17 – MoMA Hangs a Matisse Upside-Down!

October 17, 2014

October 17, 1961 The Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse’s Le Bateau upside-down–the mistake isn’t noticed or corrected for six weeks! Insert your modern or abstract art joke here…

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Vincent van Gogh, The Bedroom, 1888

365 Days of Art: October 16 – Vincent Describes a Painting He Hasn’t Painted Yet

October 16, 2014

October 16, 1888 Vincent writes a descriptive letter to his brother: My dear Theo, At last I can send you a little sketch to give you at least an idea of the way the work is shaping up. For today I am all right again. My eyes are still tired but then I had a […]

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Palermo devastated by American bombing, May 1943

365 Days of Art: October 15 – Fascist Propaganda Discusses Artworks, Lee Krasner Has First Solo Show

October 15, 2014

October 15, 1943 Radio Rome provides this bit of Fascist propaganda: The first ships left Sicily for London today with precious works of art, some of which will go to the British Museum and some to private collections”. The idea is to create suspicion surrounding Americans interested in artworks (i.e., the Museum and Fine Arts […]

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