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Breathing life into the soothing joy of painting: Bob Ross 

July 4, On This Day While famous in life, American painter, art instructor, and television host was fated to become even more popular posthumously on the internet. In fact, his videos have become hugely beloved for devotees of autonomous sensory meridian response or ASMR, which is a pleasant form of paresthesia (or tingling) often brought...

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Remembering the father of Greek seascape painting

JUNE 29, ON THIS DAY The Greek painter who is considered as the “father of seascape painting” Konstantinos Volanakis died on this day, 29 June 1907. He is regarded as one of the most appreciated seascape painters of the period after the Greek War of Independence and considered as an authentic representative of the Munich...

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The first major sports artist of the world died on this day

JUNE 20, ON THIS DAY Best known for his brilliantly coloured, expressionist paintings and illustrations that presented scenes of sports and entertainment, LeRoy Neiman passed away on this day, 20 June 2012. He worked both as an illustrator and as an artist whose paintings, prints, and drawings were shown in galleries and reproduced in numerous publications....

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The raw, radical, intense yet delicate portraiture of Egon Schiele

June 12, On This Day In an artistic stint that has been called “short, intense, and amazingly productive”, Austrian Expressionist painter Egon Schiele is said to have become one of the best portrait artists of the modern era and a key contributor to the Vienna Secession movement. Born on this day 132 years ago, on...

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A remarkable artist of folding screens: Ogata Korin

JUNE 2, ON THIS DAY One of the masters of the Sotatsu-Koetsu school of decorative painting, Ogata Korin died on this day in June 2, 1716. He was famous for his screen paintings, lacquer work, textile designs and particularly for his byobu folding screens, such as Irises and Red and White Plum Blossoms. He was...

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Tintoretto: The Venetian ‘dyer’s boy’ who became an art legend

May 31, On This Day   For his phenomenal energy in painting, he was also termed Il Furioso (‘The Furious’) as much of his work is characterized by his muscular figures, dramatic gestures and bold use of perspective, in the Mannerist style. Famed 16th century Italian painter identified with the Venetian school Tintoretto (born Jacopo...

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This artist’s voluptuous nudes sparked the term ‘Rubenesque’

May 30, On This Day Known for his rich and voluptuous art, Sir Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish artist and diplomat from the Duchy of Brabant in the Southern Netherlands (modern-day Belgium), considered the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition.   He was born in June 1577 and passed away today, centuries...