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Painter, printmaker and architect Albrecht Altdorfer died in Regensburg, Germany
He was one of the principle artists of the Danube School. His landscapes used religious narration with a spiritual sense of nature, capturing the light in luminescent color. He was also one of the first German artists to cultivate the art of landscape painting without the use of figures. -1538

Jacques Courtois, called Le Bourguignon was born in St. Hippolyte (Franche-Comté)
He worked in Bologna, Florence, Venice, and Rome painting and printmaking combat themes, especially equestrian scenes. -1621

French architect Etienne-Louis Boullée was born in Paris
His work was representative of the Revolutionary style in France. Boullée's designs, ahead of their time, accentuated simplistic cubic and spherical forms. -1728

Innocenzio Ansaldi, an Italian painter and writer, was born in Pescia, near Lucca
During the 1760s he made visits to Florence, Bologna, Genoa, Padua, Venice and Naples and in addition to looking at paintings, spent time studying history and classical mythology. He also published a book on art in Pescia, the "Descrizione delle sculture, pitture ed architettura della cittá e diocesi di Pescia". -1734

Ferdinand Braekeleer (Brakeleer) was born in Antwerp, Belgium
He painted genre and historical scenes following Flemish styles. He also did lithographs from his own paintings -1792

The French architect Auguste Perret, noted for his pioneering contributions to reinforced-concrete construction, was born near Brussels
He left architectural school before finishing to enter his father's stonemason business. He and his brothers Gustave and Claude built what was probably the first apartment block designed for reinforced concrete, at 25 rue Franklin, Paris. Among Perret's notable buildings of the 1920's and 30's was the "Ecole Normale de Musique" in Paris (1929). It is considered by some to be an acoustical masterpiece. -1874

German Expressionist painter Max Beckman was born in Leipzig
His work is noted for its violence and reflection of tragic events that occurred during the 20th century. Under the influence of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, Beckman turned to Expressionism. The events of his service as a medical corpsman in World War I changed his art. Horrifying imagery and distorted figures characterize his mature work. Some of his most noted pieces include "The Decent from the Cross" (1917) and "The Night" (1918-19). In Berlin, he completed "Departure" (1932-33), the first of his large-scale allegorical triptychs, which is considered his most important work. -1884

Otto Dix, German painter, printmaker, draftsman and sculptor, was born in Untermhaus
He worked in Berlin and beginning in 1927 he was a professor at the Academy in Dresden. From 1933-45, he was prohibited to create, but continued to narrate the abuses and social and political cruelties of the war. His harmonically colored landscapes and religious works very closely related to old German and romantic paintings. -1891

Joan Mitchell, American painter and member of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists, was born in Chicago, Illinois
Mitchell studied both at home and in France, after which she gained admittance (in the early 1950's) to "The Club", a group formed by the Abstract Expressionists of the New York School. She used vivid colors to paint heroic-sized slashed lines that sometimes appeared calligraphic in nature. In her later work, she added various clusters or blocks of color. Although completely non-objective, her huge works (sometimes measuring 8 meters) evoke associations of landscapes, foliage, and flowers. -1926

The English architect and designer Charles Voysey died in Winchester, Hants
He is chiefly remembered for his country houses, and often for the furniture, wallpaper and textiles that he put into them. What is remarkable about these houses is that they are independent of past styles to an extent revolutionary at the time, and yet they breathe the spirit of vernacular tradition. -1941

Sotheby's announced a full internal review of its practices following allegations that senior staff members were involved in offering to smuggle Italian art treasures to London
The board of the oldest and biggest firm of auctioneers in the world insisted that is procedures were the "most stringent in the industry". -1997

An exhibition on the French painter Bonnard opened at the Tate Gallery, London
Repetitive and variable in quality, Bonnard nevertheless makes the banal magical by means of color, texture and tone. -1998

It was reported that Paul Mellon, the great American Anglophile, left several million dollars and more than 100 works from his collection of art to the National Gallery in Washington
Artists like van Gogh, Seurat, Bonnard, Cézanne, Braque, Delacroix, Monet and Renoir form the collection. He also left money and other works of art to the British art center that he founded at Yale University, as well as a string of bequests to British institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts and his old Cambridge College. The billionaire philanthropist died on February 1, 1999, at the age of 91. -1999

This year's edition of ARCO had Italy as its guest country with twenty-four galleries
Tuscany artist Loris Ceccahini took up the gallery space of Continua with computers and plastic cables. Gabrielle Pico and Myriam Laplante also had solo exhibits. La Case d'Arte gallery exhibited works by 24-year-old Gabriele Picco, while the Emi Fontana gallery featured Myriam Laplante, who lives in Rome. Laplante is known for her performances and her installation is titled 'Bambole', made up of little figures of characters not liked by children. The Roman gallery Ferranti presented works by artists like Domenico Bianch, Andrés Serrano, Brice Marden and Robert Barry. -2000

 


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