365 Days of Art: September 29 – Caravaggio is Born; Pollock Enrolls in Benton’s Class

St. Paul lays on the ground beneath a horse, who is about to kick him.
Caravaggio, The Conversion of St. Paul, 1601

September 29, 1571

Caravaggio is born. He leads a reckless life and makes some great paintings.

A painting of Blanche from A Streetcar Named Desire; she gazes at herself in a mirror while in a roomful of men.
Poker Night (from A Streetcar Named Desire), Thomas Hart Benton, 1948

September 29, 1930

Jackson Pollock enrolls in Thomas Hart Benton’s class at the Art Students League. Oh look, two a-holes in one room together! Pollock’s issues are fairly well-known, but you can read Benton is his own words here and here.