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Saint of the Day for Tuesday, May 5th, 2015: St. Hilary of Arles


today’s birthday: Vincent van Gogh (1853)


Vincent van Gogh (1853)

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch postimpressionist artist whose paintings include some of the world’s best known, most popular, and most valuable pieces in the world today. Yet, only one of his paintings was sold while he lived. The majority of the works for which he is best known were produced in 29 months of frenzied activity and intermittent bouts with epileptic seizures and profound despair that tragically ended in suicide. What iconic painting did van Gogh complete while in a mental hospital? More… Discuss

Claude Debussy – Suite Bergamasque – Clair de Lune , Pianist: François-Joël Thiollier


Claude Debussy – Suite Bergamasque – Clair de Lune

Today’s Birthday – December 2: Georges Seurat


Today’s Birthday:  December 2

Georges Seurat
1859–1891, French painter.

He devised the pointillist technique of painting in tiny dots of pure color. His method, called divisionism, was a systematic refinement of the broken color of the impressionists. His major achievements are his Baignade (Tate Gall., London), shown in the Salon des Independants in 1884, and his masterpiece, Un Dimanche à la Grande Jatte (Art Inst., Chicago), completed two years later. He died of pneumonia at 31. Seurat is recognized as one of the most intellectual artists of his time and was a great influence in restoring harmonious and deliberate design and a thorough understanding of color combination to painting at a time when sketching from nature had become the mode. Other examples of Seurat’s work are in the Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pa., and in the Louvre.

Bibliography:

See catalog (ed. by A. Blunt and R. Fry, 1965); drawings (ed. by R. L. Herbert, 1966); complete paintings, ed. by John Rewald and Henri Dorra (1988); biographies by John Russell (1985) and Pierre Courthion (1988).

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Van Gogh’s Portrait of Doctor Gachet Sold for $82.5 Million (1990)


Van Gogh’s Portrait of Doctor Gachet Sold for $82.5 Million (1990)

In June 1890, shortly before his death, Vincent Van Gogh created two versions of a painting depicting his doctor, Paul Gachet. The paintings, called Portrait of Dr. Gachet, portray the doctor seated beside a foxglove plant, an extract of which is used to treat heart conditions. In 1990, 100 years after it was first painted, Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito purchased one version of the work for the record sum of $82.5 million. Why did he later say he would have the painting burned? More… Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: JEANNE CALMENT (1875)


Jeanne Calment (1875)

At the age of 100, Calment was still riding a bicycle around her native Arles, France. She lived on her own until she was 110 and smoked until she was 117. She saw the Eiffel Tower being built and remembered selling colored pencils to Vincent van Gogh as a girl in her family’s shop. By the time she died in 1997 at the age of 122, Calment had lived the longest confirmed human life in history—and outlived her entire family. What foods have been cited as contributing to Calment’s longevity? More… Discuss

 


 

Why Van Gogh’s Flowers Are Changing Colors

When conservation work on Flowers in a Blue Vase by Vincent van Gogh was begun in 2009, conservators noticed that the vibrant yellow paint used for some flowers in the painting had become greyish and cracked. Scientists who investigated the change say it’s due to a never-before-seen chemical reaction between the pigment, called cadmium yellow, and a protective varnish added well after the painting was finished. Using X-rays on a microscopic sample of the painting, scientists found the compound causing the discoloration—cadmium oxalate—in a micrometer-thin layer between the paint and the varnish.More… Discuss