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Flemish baroque painter Sir Anthony van Dyck, died in London
He was born on March 23rd, 1599 in Antwerp. From 1618-1620 Van Dyck worked with Rubens as his pupil and assistant and the older master's style affected his own indelibly. He then accepted the invitation from Earl of Arundel to London, where he was able to -1641

Giacinto Gimignani, an Italian painter and etcher, died in Rome
His first surviving work, also documented by drawings, is the frescoed lunette of the "Rest on the Flight to Egypt" in the chapel of the Palazzo Barberini, while his earliest signed and dated painting is the "Adoration of the Magi". Gimignani developed an individual classicist style, and the intense color and balanced compositions of his many easel paintings of biblical and Classical themes, such as "Rachel Hiding the Idols", are closest to Poussin. -1681

Jean-Robert-Nicolas Lucas de Montigny, a French sculptor, was born in Rouen
In 1777 he settled in Paris and was soon in fashionable demand, producing portraits such as that of "Mlle d'Oligny". He produced portraits of actors, such as his bust of "Préville as Figaro" or the statuette of "Mme de Saint-Huberty as Dido". His portrait busts have sometimes been confused with those of Jean-Antoine Houdon. -1747

John Glover, an English painter, died in Launceston, Tasmania
At the first exhibition of the Society of Painters in Water-Colours, Glover's pictures were priced more highly than those of any other exhibitor; he was elected President of the Society in 1807 and again in 1814-15. A typical watercolor is his "Landscape with Waterfall". In the 1820s he staged a series of one-man shows, placing his work among pictures by Claude Lorrain and Richard Wilson. -1849

Patrick MacDowell, an Irish sculptor, died in London
He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1822 and in 1830 entered the Royal Academy Schools on the recommendation of John Constable. His first important work was the memorial to "William Tennant" in the Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast. His finest work is the memorial to "Frederick Richard Chichester, Earl of Belfast" at Belfast Castle, which combines observation and sentiment within a Neo-classical format. -1870

French painter and printmaker Luc Alberto Moreau was born in Paris
He was one of the chief exponents of neo-realism. He received lessons from Charles Guerin and he first exhibited in 1908. At that time his work was mostly landscapes and nudes. He was then influenced by cubism. Moreau fought during World War I and was wounded several times. He was marked by the war to such an extent that during the 1920s and 30s, his work was mostly made up of paintings of Verdun, memories that he evoked tirelessly from drawings sketched whilst on the front. He died in 1948. -1882

Mark Gertler, an English painter, was born in Spitalfields, London
His earliest still-lifes show the influence of Dutch 17th-century painting and the work of Chardin. In 1908 he won a prize in a national art competition and, because of this, successfully applied for financial assistance to the Jewish Educational Aid Society using William Rothenstein as a referee. Some of his works are: "Merry-go-round" and "Queen of Sheba". -1891

Kiyoshi Hasegawa, a Japanese printmaker and painter, was born in Yokohama
His early Expressionist style, as seen in "Wind", a woodblock print based on a poem by Yeats, gave way to a style full of dignity and tranquillity. He sometimes used the same motifs, for example "Female Nude" and, more often, landscapes of southern France, such as "Elm Tree" or indoor still-lifes or flowers, such as "Time, Still-life". His work was highly regarded in France, where he was awarded the order of Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1935 and the Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1966. -1891

Lubomír Slapeta, a Czech architect, was born in Místek
His main interest was the family house and during the 1930s and 1940s he explored two different concepts: the first was the development of a standard type, in which he harmonized interior and exterior within a basic functional plan; the second was the design of individual houses in a dynamic free-form organic architecture inspired by Scharoon. Slapeta rebuilt theatres in Olomouc (1941-2), Martin (1949-52) and Piestany (1956-7), and built the church of St Nicholas (1968-76) in Tichá. -1908

Gerard Sekoto, a South African painter, active also in France, was born in Botshabelo, Transvaal
. In his work he idealized the dilapidated surroundings of Sophiatown, as in "Yellow Houses: A Street in Sophiatown", a painting that attracted public recognition in the South African Academy exhibition of 1940 from which it was purchased by the Johannesburg Art Gallery. For more than two decades it was the only work by a black artist in a South African art museum. His work of this period is characterized by strong enpathetic representation of the human condition and an increasingly bold use of non-naturalistic color. -1913

Nicholas Joseph Clayton, an American architect of Irish birth, died in Galveston, Texas
In 1875 Clayton was practicing in Galveston under his own name and listed himself in the Galveston City Directory as "the earliest-established professional architect in the state". Among his most notable works in Galveston are the Gresham House, the University of Texas Medical School and the Ursuline Convent. -1916

Denys Pierre Puech, a French sculptor, died in Rodez
He won the Prix de Rome in 1884 and was a faithful exhibitor at the Salon of the Société de Artistes Francais from 1875 to 1939. Often executed in a combination of stone and bronze, his sculptures are lively in composition but lack originality. Some of his works are: "Francis Garnier", "Paul Gavarni", "Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve" and "Leconte de Lisle". -1942

A superb exhibition of photographs by Bruce Weber
Best known as the photographer who gave Calvin Klein underpants their sex appeal, was on view at the National Portrait Gallery in London. -1997

The Queen Sofia National Museum 75th Anniversary
The Queen Sofia National Museum in Madrid celebrated its 75th anniversary. The celebration consisted in the inauguration of a new space dedicated to the works of Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida -1998

$29.5 Million Still-life Painting by Paul Cézanne
An unidentified buyer paid $29.5 million for "Pewter pitcher and fruit", a still-life painting by French impressionist Paul Cézanne at Sotheby's London auction house. The painting was made in 1888 and had been stolen property. It was expected to sell for between $14.6 million and $19 million. The painting was considered to be one of Cezanne's best works and was stolen from its American owners in 1978. The painting was recovered this year after an underwriter from Lloyds, who had been asked to insure the painting, raised his suspicions with the Art Loss Registry. At the same auction, but earlier, twenty-five Picassos owned by Gianni Versace were sold for almost $18 million. The painting "Femme assise sur une chaise" by Picasso was bought for $5.4 million, while Maya's portrait went for $6 million. -1999

 


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