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Laurent de La Hire, the French Baroque classical painter, was born in Paris
His best work is marked by gravity, simplicity, and dignity. He was influenced by the work of Georges Lallemont and Orazio Gentileschi. One of his most important pieces is "Pope Nicholas V at the Tomb of Saint Francis". -1606

Dutch painter Carel Fabritius was baptized in Midden-Beemster
He worked in Amsterdam and until 1640 was a disciple of Rembrandt. Afterwards he developed his own style, representative of flat somber figures on light backgrounds. -1622

The sculptor, painter and graphic designer of Italian origin Marino Marini was born
He often traveled in Europe, especially Paris, and he also went to the United States. He first experimented with monumental forms, and later made bust-portraits, nudes, and equestrian figures in bronze, wood and gesso. -1901

The Brazilian architect Lúcio Costa was born in Toulon, France
He was a colleague of Gregori Warchavchik in Rio de Janeiro and later the director of the National School of Fine Arts. -1902

The Spanish painter José Llimona died in Barcelona at age 70
He was given a scholarship and moved to Rome where he made the equestrian sculpture of Ramón Berenguer, for which he won the International Exhibition Prize of Barcelona in 1888. -1934

Gino Severini, the painter and writer on Italian art, died in Paris
He was greatly influenced by G. Seurat and by the cubists. In 1910 he was a cofounder of Futurism and after 1917, a Neoclassicist. He made abstract paintings and also religious murals and mosaics for churches. -1966

The Centro Cultural Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico city began the exhibition "The Gelman's Fridas and Diegos"
Interestingly the Gelmans also held an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York featuring works by Bonnard, Braque, Dalí, Dubuffet, Matisse, Miró and Picasso. -1990

Russia dusted off 200 paintings stolen during the war
The Pushkin Museum in Moscow began an impressive exhibition with the works removed from the homes of war victims during the Second World War. Russia had maintained the existence of the works of art as a secret for 5 decades. -1995

An oil painting by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, "Carnival in Venice" sold for $110,000
It was offered a week before for $67,500 but was not bid upon. The purchaser was Antonio Cabecinha, although, it is not known if the one-time gallery-owner bought it for himself or for a client. -1996

Spain, made a statement regarding the exhibition "Salvador Dali: Life is a Dream", which was on view in Turin, Italy
Their opinion was that they doubted the authenticity of the numerous paintings from the Albaretto collection that were being exhibited this was reported by the Commission for Crediting and Cataloguing of the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation in Figueras -1997

In London, the Helly Nahmad Gallery inaugural exhibition was showing paintings from the Impressionists to the pioneers of Abstraction
The works on display included a sublime Monet grain stack in a mist of blues, reds and yellows, a Bonnard drenched in golden light, a luscious Delacroix, three serene Modiglianis, two luminous Kandinskys and a jumble of Braques. -1998

An exhibition titled "The Art of Imagination" was on view at the Mall Gallery, London
The Society for Art of the Imagination was established in 1998 in response to the lack of exposure the genre received. "I noticed that there were lots of shows for people who do realist or abstract art, but nothing on imaginary or visionary themes," said co-founder Brigid Marlin. This was the Society's second open exhibition, and it included Seth Garland's Diminishing Seconds, as well as work by Laurie Lipton and Marlin herself. -1999

The Grand Rapids Art Museum opened the exhibit titled "Contemporary Art From Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island"
The work in this exhibition was by eighteen Cuban artists who grew up in the Cuban Revolution that came to power on January 1, 1959. The oldest was thirty-nine and the youngest was twenty-four. Of course, the references in their work are frequently Cuban. And while it enriched the experience of the work to know some of the cultural and historical references, it would have been a mistake to read these works simply as messages about Cuban reality. -2000

 


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