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French sculptor Raymond Gayrard was born
A member of the Legion of Honor, he created the busts of famous people. -1777

English painter Richard Parkes Bonington was born
He worked with Gros in Paris. His light and subtle landscapes greatly influenced British landscape painting and the School of Barbizon. -1801

German painter Walter Leisitikow was born
His Impressionism-style landscapes are generally scenes of Bradenburg. -1865

Spanish painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born
Known as the most important exponent of modern art, his work is characterized by his continuous search of new forms. His "Blue" period, for instance, concentrated on the life of the poor, while the "Rose" period is a stylistic extension of his early work but with a warmer tonality and enigmatic themes. -1881

Nils von Dardel, Swedish painter, was born
Von Dardel's interest in Post-Impressionist tendencies, especially Pointillism, was expressed in strong, clear colours blended with a naive style of storytelling. A typical example is Begravning i Senlis (Funeral in Senlis) from 1913, which he painted while staying in the small medieval town of Senlis. Back in Paris he portrayed the German art dealer Alfred Flechtheim. The human figure is the dominant motif in von Dardel's works, noted e.g. in Den doende dandyn (The Dying Dandy) from 1918. -1888

Harry Shoulberg, American painter, was born
He was known to be among the early group of WPA artists working in the screen print (serigraph) medium, as well as oil. -1903

American painter Arshile Gorky was born
He represents a major link between European Cubism, Surrealism and American Abstract Expressionism. His washes of paint bursting out of black lines defined his unique style established early in the 1940s. -1904

William Merritt Chase, an American painter and printmaker, died in New York
He exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1875, received a medal of honor at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and won critical attention for his portrait "Ready for the Ride", shown at the inaugural exhibition of the Society of American Artists. Some of his works are: "The Smoker", "Miss Dora Wheeler", "Sunlight and Shadow", "Back of a Nude", and "Fairy Tale". -1916

Ismail Gulgee, Pakistani painter, was born
Amin Ismail Gulgee is an award-winning, globally famous Pakistani artist born in Peshawar on October 25, 1926. He is a qualified engineer in the U.S. and self-taught abstract painter and portrait painter. Before 1959, as portraitist, he painted the entire Afghan Royal Family. From about 1960 on, he is noted as an abstract painter influenced by the tradition of Islamic calligraphy and by the American "action painting" idiom. -1926

Cabanes Sainte-marie by Van Goch Auctioned
Cabanes Sainte-marie by Vincent Van Gogh was auctioned at Christie's for $95,000 dlls. In this same auction season the pieces: Buste de jeune by George Braque was sold for $270,000 dlls., Madame Berthe Bady by Henri de Toulouse-Lautre. -1972

Academia Valentino in Rome was held a homage to Balthus
With an exhibition of more than one hundred oil paintings, watercolours and sketches, the Academia Valentino of Rome honoured the French artist of Polish origin, Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola). Balthus is considered one of the "great masters" of the 20th century. His works were exhibited through January 31 and were put together from collections from the Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo de Mexico, the Tate Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery in Melbourne, as well as from family collections and other private collections. Balthus presented his first exhibit in Paris in 1934. He has created landscapes, still lifes and self portraits but it is his nude representations of adolescents that he is renowned for. -1996

 


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