Posts Tagged ‘artists’

Frida Kahlo, A Few Small Nips, 1935

365 Days of Art: July 23 – Frida Writes Letter to Diego After His Affair with Her Sister

July 23, 2014

July 23, 1934 Frida writes a letter to Diego, who has been carrying on an affair with her sister Cristina for about a year: …all these letters, liaisons with petticoats, lady teachers of “English”, gypsy models, assistants with “good intentions”, “plenipotentiary emissaries from distant places”, only represent flirtations, and that at bottom you and I [...]

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Leonardo, drawing thought to be Salai

365 Days of Art: July 22 – A New Servant Joins Leonardo’s Household

July 22, 2014

July 22, 1490 Leonardo writes in his diary about a young assistant nicknamed Salai (“the devil” or “the little unclean one”) joining his household: Giacomo came to live with me on St. Mary Magdalene’s day [22 July] 1490, aged ten years. The day I had two shirts cut out for him, a pair of hose, [...]

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Arshile Gorky, Charred Beloved II, 1946

365 Days of Art: July 21 – Arshile Gorky Commits Suicide

July 21, 2014

July 21, 1948 Arshile Gorky removes his neck brace and hangs himself in a shed near his home, after writing “Goodbye My Loveds” on a wooden crate nearby. His barking dog leads searchers to his body. Gorky regularly uses the the words “beloveds” or “loveds” to refer to anything close to him–friends, family, and paintings. [...]

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Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970, salt, rocks, earth, water

365 Days of Art: July 20 – Robert Smithson Dies While Surveying Sites for Environmental Artwork

July 20, 2014

July 20, 1973 Robert Smithson dies in a plane crash, while surveying sites for his work Amarillo Ramp in the vicinity of Amarillo, Texas. He is known as an earthworks artist, who also uses photography and film to document his environmental installations. Spiral Jetty is his best-known work, visible depending on the level of the [...]

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365 Days of Art: July 18 – Caravaggio Dies, and Gorky’s Wife Writes About Gorky’s Mental State

July 18, 2014

July 18, 1610 Caravaggio dies at age 38; the cause of death is unknown but rumors posthumously swirl around the painter: that he died of syphilis, or malaria, or was killed by one of his many enemies. In 2010, Italian forensic scientists announce that they believe they’ve found Caravaggio’s remains, and that he died of [...]

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365 Days of Art: July 17 – Distraught Gorky Roams NYC Streets

July 17, 2014

July 17, 1948 A distraught Arshile Gorky roams the streets of New York. He tells a former student that his wife has left him, and that he is unhappy. Another former student suggests that someone stay with Gorky until his psychiatrist appointment in three days’ time. That night, Gorky tries to visit an old friend [...]

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365 Days of Art: July 16 – Gorky Physically Confronts Matta, and His Wife Leaves Him

July 16, 2014

July 16, 1948 Arshile Gorky physically confronts Matta over sleeping with his wife Agnes (aka Mougouch), and she leaves Gorky on the advice of his own doctor. The morning after a huge fight, Gorky’s wife initially thinks they’ve cleared the air. She writes a letter to Matta to let him know that Gorky knows about [...]

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Arshile Gorky, Dark Green Painting, 1948

365 Days of Art: July 15 – Gorky and His Wife Fight About Her Affair with Matta

July 16, 2014

July 15, 1948 Arshile Gorky and his wife Mougouch have a massive argument. He asks her if she loves the artist Matta, whom she recently had an affair with; her reply is that she does, but that she loves Gorky more.

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Gustav Klimt, The Kiss (Lovers), 1908-1909, oil and gold leaf

365 Days of Art: July 14 – Gustav Klimt is Born

July 16, 2014

July 14, 1862 Gustav Klimt is born. He is commercially successful, even in his lifetime, and rarely at a loss for commissions. His stylized works that focus on flat patterns, stylized, elongated bodies (mostly female), and use gold leaf as a material are still famous today.

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365 Days of Art: July 12 – Amadeo Modigliani is Born

July 16, 2014

July 12, 1884 Amadeo Modigliani is born. He’s known for painting very stylized, elongated figures. The woman above is his girlfriend and the mother of his daughter. He’s not a nice person: an addict, womanizer, and wife beater.

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Gray and Black, No. 1, 1871

365 Days of Art: July 11 – James Abbott McNeill Whistler is Born

July 16, 2014

July 11, 1834 James Abbott McNeill Whistler is born. His motto is “art for art’s sake”. One of his best moments (which we’ll cover later in the year) is filing suit against the art critic John Ruskin who unnecessarily slams his work; his bon mots and Oscar Wildesque zingers in the courtroom have everyone laughing [...]

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Wheatfields, Vincent van Gogh, 1890

365 Days of Art: July 10 – Van Gogh Writes Sad Letter to Theo

July 16, 2014

July 10, 1890 After his last visit to Paris, which everyone agrees was tense and strained, Vincent writes to his brother Theo and sister-in-law Jo: Dear brother and sister, Jo’s letter was really like a gospel for me, a deliverance from anguish which I was caused by the rather difficult and laborious hours for us [...]

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365 Days of Art: July 8 – Eakins Praises Bostonians

July 8, 2014

July 8, 1869 Thomas Eakins writes a letter to his sister Fanny in which he observes: “The Bostonians are a very sharp people”. Why thank you.

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365 Days of Art: July 7 – Vincent Writes a Letter But Doesn’t Send It

July 7, 2014

July 7, 1890 Vincent writes a worried letter to Theo and his wife, Jo, which he he doesn’t send. He had visited them at their home the day before, a visit which Jo characterizes years later as tense and strained. Vincent writes: Can I do anything about it – perhaps not – but have I [...]

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Mass at Bolsena, Rahael, fresco, 1512

365 Days of Art: July 6 – Pope Decrees Swiss Guard to be Honored in Fresco

July 7, 2014

July 6, 1512 After the Swiss help drive the French army out of Italy, Pope Julius II issues a papal bull to honor them: he gives the Swiss the title of “Protectors of the Liberty of the Church”, sends silk banners to every town in Switzerland, and instructs Raphael to alter the design of The [...]

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