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Colour, drama and rebellion: Commemorating James Ensor

November 19, On This Day A Belgian painter and printmaker who had a tremendous influence on expressionism and surrealism, James Ensor, born in April 1860, passed away today, 72 years ago, on November 19, 1949. He was famously associated with the artistic group Les XX, a group of 20 Belgian painters, designers and sculptors, formed...


‘Max’ controversy in the life of this psychedelic artist

November 10, On This Day It was a big scandal on November 10, 1997, when German-American artist Peter Max pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal district court to tax fraud and time served. He had concealed over $1.1 million in income from the US Internal Revenue Service in connection with the sales of his works between...


The Life Of Pi(casso): Remembering the legend on his 140th birthday

October 25, On This Day Pablo Picasso, the iconic Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer, was born 140 years ago today on October 25, 1881. He is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and known for co-founding the Cubist movement. After a long and prolific career, he...


Isn’t that surreal? What André Breton did for art, today

October 15, On This Day Known quite literally as one of the primary founders of Surrealism as a concept, André Breton is a celebrated and highly influential French poet, essayist, critic, and editor, who lived from 1896–1966. In an indelibly iconic move for the world of art, almost a century and exactly 97 years ago...


The Swiss sculptor who was also a philosopher: Alberto Giacometti

October 10, On This Day His face was one among icons that adorned the eighth series of Swiss franc banknotes (for 100 Swiss francs), as did his iconic sculpture, L’Homme qui marche I. But that’s not his only legacy. Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draftsman and printmaker of much repute and renown, and...


Sensuality, Tension, Irony, Preoccupation with Death, Hope and more: Rothko’s formula to create art

September 25, On This Day Mark Rothko: A colourful mind The distinctive style of color field paintings, depicting irregular rectangular regions of color, is most quickly attributed to the iconic American abstract painter Mark Rothko. He was born on September 25, 1903. Of Latvian Jewish descent, Rothko is associated with the American Abstract Expressionist movement...