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David Teniers
David Teniers, the younger, died in Brussels, Belgium. He was highly influenced by Rubens and by A. Brouwer. He was a court painter in Brussels starting in 1651. In 1663 he founded the Academy of Brussels. He painted rural scenes, landscapes, and portraits with soft pictoric style. -1690

Friedrich Preller
Friedrich Preller, was born in Eisenach (Germany today). He was influenced by J. A. Koch while living in Rome between 1828-31. He became director of the Weimar Academy in 1831. Among his main works are landscapes for the Odyssey painted according to the classical Roman tradition. -1804

Karel Appel
Karel Appel, Dutch painter, was born in Amsterdam. He was a representer of informal art and co-founder of the Cobra group in 1949. His works are spontaneous with bright and expressive colors. -1921

Painting by Thomas Gainesborough
British police recovered an 18th century painting by Thomas Gainesborough that was stolen in 1986 along with 16 other masterpieces. This had been Ireland's biggest art robbery. The painting is a portrait of Madame Baccelli and is worth about £3 m. The missing works included paintings by Rubens, Goya, and Vermeer. This painting was the second found of the stolen paintings. -1992

Expo 92
Spain's universal exhibition Expo 92 had been visited by more than 720,000 people at the 215-hectare site on Seville's Cartuja island to see exhibits from 110 countries, 50 multinational companies and more than 20 international organizations. The expo created a display of architecture, technology, culture, history, and art. -1992

Goya
A 1783 portrait of a celebrated Spanish beauty was authenticated as a Goya. It is a study of Maria Teresa de Vallabriga y Rozas, wife of the Infante Don Luis de Borbon, the first big patron of Francisco de Goya. The painting had been at the palace of Boadilla Delmonte, 15 kilometers from Madrid in the 19th century, and had been regarded as a copy because at the back it was written "C. Del Goya". A week later, the painting was auctioned at Christie's. -1992

Art in the Age of Homer
The Harvard University Museums opened the exhibit "Art in the Age of Homer". This exposition included more than 100 works of art, mainly of clay and bronze, selected from the Harvard Collection, and it examined the themes of life and death in ancient Greece. -1994

Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Alborch inaugurated a new installation of the permanent collection at the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, in Madrid. This new installation brought the total of the works on the permanent collection to 445. -1996

Picasso portraits
Picasso portraits were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art. This was the first exhibit dedicated exclusively to his portraits with 130 paintings and 100 drawings exhibited. The exhibit was organized according to the people represented in the portrait and not in chronological order. -1996

Pierre Matisse Gallery
In New York, Acquavella Modern Art stated that it would purchase the Pierre Matisse Gallery for $142.8 million dollars. The gallery owned paintings by Miro, Giacometti, Dubuffet, Chagall, Tanguy, Lam, Matta, Riopelle, Saura, and Millares and belonged to the son of Henri Matisse. -1996

Russian art
The IVAM (Instituto Valenciano Arte Moderno) in Valencia, Spain inaugurated an exhibition about the effects of the Stalin movement in Russian art, including works from 1928 to 1945. The exhibit showed two hundred works by forty artists and included photographs, paintings, and posters. -1996

Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre?
The Art Gallery of Ontario had opened the exhibit titled "Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre?". As Nazi aggression escalated, the Berlin-born Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon sensed the end was near. She wrapped over 800 of her paintings in brown paper and handed them to a friend. Charlotte died in Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of 26. "Life? Or Theatre?" is the name that Charlotte Salomon gave to a sequence of nearly 800 gouaches she produced between 1940 and 1942. She was born in Berlin in 1917 into a cultured middle-class Jewish family. This exhibition featured 400 of her gouaches. -2000

 


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