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365 Days of Art: July 31 – Vincent’s Sister-in-Law Wishes She’d Been Kinder to Him

July 31, 2014

July 31, 1890 Theo van Gogh’s wife, Jo, writes to Theo just after Vincent’s death: If only I’d been a bit kinder to him when he was with us! She’s referring to Vincent’s last visit to them earlier in the month, which everyone admits was tense and strained.

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365 Days of Art: July 30 – Vincent Becomes Youngest Art Dealer in Firm, and Vincent is Laid to Rest

July 30, 2014

July 30, 1869 Van Gogh becomes the youngest employee of the art dealers firm of Gouil & Cie in The Hague. July 30, 1890 Twenty one years later, Vincent’s funeral is held. His coffin is placed for viewing in his room at the inn in Auvers, surrounded by his last paintings, and the tools of [...]

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365 Days of Art: July 29 – Vincent Dies

July 29, 2014

July 29, 1890 About a day and a half after shooting himself, Vincent van Gogh dies of the wound. Theo, who will die himself in less than seven months, is at his side.

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Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1967

365 Days of Art: July 28 – Andy Warhol is Released from Hospital Following Murder Attempt

July 28, 2014

July 28, 1968 Time for some good news this week: After almost two months of care following the attempt on his life, Andy Warhol is released from the hospital.

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Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfield with Crows, 1890

365 Days of Art: July 27 – Vincent Shoots Himself

July 27, 2014

July 27, 1890 Vincent van Gogh shoots himself in the chest while out painting in the wheatfields. He eventually walks a mile back to the inn where he’s staying, and the doctor is called to bandage his wound. Thinking that the case is hopeless, Dr. Gachet doesn’t even remove the bullet. During the night, Vincent [...]

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Diane Arbus, Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967

365 Days of Art: July 26 – Three Events About Women in the Art World: a Suicide, a Congressional Debate, and a Job Interview

July 26, 2014

Three events today, about women in the art world: July 26, 1971 Diane Arbus commits suicide. She is a photographer, known for her black-and-white, usually head-on photos of folks that might make other folks cringe: a man in rollers and make-up, presumably half-way through his transformation to drag queen (this photo is spat on by [...]

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Adam and Eve, Lucas Cranach the Elder, oil on panel (diptych), 1528

365 Days of Art: July 25 – Nazis Send Telegram About “Rescue” of Two Paintings Admired by Hitler

July 25, 2014

July 25, 1944 SS General Karl Wolff sends a telegram to Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler, reporting on the “rescue” of two paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder (the diptych Adam and Eve), noting how much Hitler had admired them when he’d seen them in Florence, and asking “whether these art treasures should be brought to the [...]

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365 Days of Art: July 24 – Vincent Sends His Last Letter

July 24, 2014

July 24, 1890 Vincent van Gogh sends his last letter to Theo, which reads in part: As far as I’m concerned, I am giving my canvases my undivided attention. I am trying to do as well as certain painters whom I have greatly loved and admired. He mentions some specific paintings, as well as some [...]

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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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