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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Cubist-Futurist, experimental Dadaist, conceptual artist — Marcel Duchamp was a champion of revolutionizing art

October 2, On This Day Numerous critics consider Marcel Duchamp to be one of the most important artists of the 20th century. The phenomenal visionary, who died 53 years ago today on October 2, 1968, was born in July 1887 and had an incredible career spanning several decades — he was a French painter, sculptor, …

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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 …

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The African-American woman artist who beat all odds in the 20th century

September 22, On This Day She was born on September 22, 1891 — today, 130 years later, Alma Woodsey Thomas is recognized as a major American painter of the 20th century, beating all odds as an African-American female artist, despite the segregation and prejudice of her time. She is alternatively classified by some as an …

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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. …

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