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Who isn’t ‘Fida’ about this Indian art legend?

September 17, On This Day Path-breaking, exiled It was 106 years ago today that Maqbool Fida Husain was born, on September 17, 1915, although he left this world a decade ago, depriving it of his monumental talent. Known as one of the most globally recognized and celebrated Indian artists of his time and beyond, MF...


Conceptual. Minimalistic. Sol LeWitt graced the world today

September 9, On This Day An iconic American artist, Sol (Solomon) LeWitt is said to have helped to establish both Minimalism and Conceptual Art through his work. He was born today, 93 years ago — September 9, 1928 — although he passed away in April 2007. LeWitt achieved fame in the late 1960s and has...


When a 12-year-old kid punched through a $1.5-mn 17th century painting

August 23, On This Day That’s some expensive clumsiness! It was a cringe moment, and how. Six years ago, on this day — aka Sunday of August 23, 2015 — a 12-year-old boy accidentally tripped and fell straight into a painting worth $1.5 million at an exhibition in Taiwan, ripping his arm right through it....


Legends set in stone that have lived for centuries

August 16, On This Day David, by Michelangelo Michelangelo’s statue of David has become one of the most recognized works of Renaissance sculpture; a symbol of strength and youthful beauty. On August 16, 1501 — a full 520 years ago — the famed Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance, at the...


No Freudian slip: The figurative master portraitist of the 20th-century

July 20, On This Day A master of figurative art, British painter and draughtsman Lucian Freud was known for his work in portraiture and the nude — and as the grandson of famed Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Sometimes called a realist, Lucian painted in a highly individual style, which in his later years was characterized...


The Big Daddy of Impressionists was born today, almost 200 years ago

July 10, On This Day Making quite an impression Born on July 10, 1830 — that’s 191 years ago — Camille Pissarro is a famous Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter. His trajectory as an artist began in the beautiful Caribbean climes, as he was born on the island of St Thomas (now in the US...

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