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Jacob Duck, a Dutch painter and etcher, died in Utrecht
He painted guardroom scenes, for example "Soldiers Arming Themselves" or the "Hoard of Booty", in which the figures and their interactions are apparently full of underlying symbolic meaning. He also painted merry companies and domestic activities, such as "Woman Ironing", employing motifs perhaps symbolic of domestic virtue. He placed his figures in high, bare interiors in which the deep local colors of the foreground stand out well against the cool, grayish-brown background. -1667

Nikolaos Kantounis, a Greek painter, was born in Zakynthos
He concentrated on religious subjects and portraits. Some of his more important works are: "Scenes from the Life of Christ", which were originally in the churches of SS Cosmas and Damian and of St George in Kypriana, Zakynthos, "SS Basil, John and Gregory", a portrait of the pharmacist "Dikopoulos" and a portrait of "Elizabeth Martinengou". -1768

George Godwin, an English architect and writer, was born in London
Throughout his career he was keenly interested in the practical aspects of architecture, but none of his designs stepped far outside the architectural conventions of the mid-Victorian period. Almost all his work was carried out in the London suburb of Kensington, where he lived and died starting with the modest Brompton National School (1841-2; destr. 1889-90) and progressing, as the suburb expanded westwards, to the vigorous terraced houses of Redcliffe Square (1869-76). -1813

Anna Golubkina, a Russian sculptor, was born in Zaraysk (now in the Moscow region)
Golubkina had a forceful personality, and she became one of the most outstanding Russian sculptors of the early 20th century, developing a tendency in her work towards Impressionism and Symbolism. She created the first sculptural portrait of "Karl Marx" in Russia. In the spirit of Art Nouveau she often turned to motifs of the figure dissolving into or interacting with the surrounding environment, as in "Wave", the haut-relief on the facade of the Moscow Arts Theatre and "Birch Tree". -1864

Alf Rolfsen, a Norwegian painter, draughtsman and lithographer, was born in Kristiania (now Oslo)
Rolfsen won the competition for the decoration of the new chapel of the Vestre Krematorium in Oslo in 1932. In 1938 Rolfsen was one of the winners in the competition for the decoration of the central hall of the Oslo Town Hall: he worked on this assignment from 1938 to 1950. He later undertook numerous decorative commissions, including Ullensaker Church (1958), and painted his last fresco in 1967 for the Hansa Brewery in Bergen. Rolfsen also made his name as an easel painter, with figure compositions and portraits, such as "Ingrid", and landscapes and views, such as "Acropolis". -1895

Harald Duwe, a German painter, was born in Hamburg
Except for a short phase of painting Impressionistic landscapes, Duwe remained faithful to certain sets of motifs and was not swayed by contemporary artistic taste, painting contemporary life including the misery of the post-war years in Germany; scenes of labor and the harbor in Hamburg in "Changing Shifts at the Harbour", which was a documentation of the political restoration under Chancellor Konrad Adenauer; and many other themes. The pre-eminence of abstract art after World War II did not affect Duwe. -1926

Armand Rassenfosse, a Belgian engraver and painter, died in Liege
He produced prints for the Société des Aquafortistes Belges, while winning many commissions from Parisian publishers. Rassenfosse also produced paintings; these treated the same topics as his engravings, for example "Woman Washing Herself". -1934

Francesco Lo Savio, an Italian painter, sculptor and urban planner, was born in Rome
Lo Savio had a one-man show at the Galleria La Selecta in Rome, entitled "Spazio-luce". In 1960 he planned his "Metals", which took the form of strips of opaque black metal bent in different ways, to modulate the incidence of light in "Uniform Opaque Black Metal". -1935

Yerasimos Sklavos, a Greek sculptor, died in Levallois-Perret, near Paris
In 1961 he was awarded the first prize for sculpture at the International Biennale of Paris and the prize for Young Artists established by André Malraux. He created monumental sculptures for the Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, N.Y. titled the "Eyes of the Sky", and for the Mount Royal Center of Sculpture and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal the "Sister Virtues". Their solidity and low-relief surfaces contrast with the deep penetration used in his horizontal pieces, such as "Delphic Light" -1967

Oleksa Hryshchenko, a Ukrainian painter and theorist, died in Vence
In 1911 he visited Paris where he became an enthusiast of Cubist painting, which, after a trip to Italy in 1913-14, he blended with his study of early Italian Renaissance painters, creating a style that brought together the cosmopolitan and or bane with the orthodoxy of the Byzantine legacy of sacred art. After 1924 Hryshchenko lived in southern France where he painted in muted, controlled and diaphanously transparent tones. -1977

It was reported that one of British artist Stanley Spencer's most outstanding early paintings, Zacharias and Elizabeth, had been purchased jointly by The Tate Gallery and Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust from a private collector for £1,141,578
The substantial price, which reflected Spencer's growing international reputation, was only raised with a £570,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a National Art Collections Fund grant of £200,000, and generous support from the Friends of the Tate Gallery. The painting, which was completed in 1914 when Spencer was 22, would be displayed at the Tate in London. -1999

The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, opened the exhibit titled "Small World: Dioramas in Contemporary Art"
Small World presented works by a younger generation of artists who use the language of dioramas -small- or full-scale models of real or imaginary environments-as a vehicle for creative expression. Inspired by sources such as natural history museum displays, film sets, and miniature models, the artists in this exhibition worked in both two- and three-dimensions, creating and analyzing dioramas to explore the ways people see and understand the world. Small World dealt with a number of the most provocative subjects dominating recent art, particularly a widespread interest in direct experience and scientific ideas and methods. As the millennium approached, it was clear that many artists were turning to realistic modes to examine their personal, social, and global realities. -2000

 


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