Anniversaries

23rd November 2012

This week’s Party 64: Jackson Pollock (1912 – 1956)

Jackson Pollock was undeniably one of the greatest abstract artists throughout the 20th Century. His melancholy and uneasy childhood created within him the innovative ability of emotiona...

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1st August 2012

This week's party 63: Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640)

The most sought-after painter in northern Europe in the seventeenth century, Peter Paul Rubens, was also a classically educated humanist scholar, linguist, art collector and diplomat who was knight...

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8th May 2012

This week's party 62: Gary Hume (1962-)

Gary Hume is a British painter. His work is strongly identified with the YBA artists who came to prominence in the early 1990s.

Born in Tenterden, Kent, Hume worked as an assistant film edi...

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25th January 2012

This Week's Party 61: Francesco Guardi (1712-1793)

Francesco Guardi was, after Canaletto, the main painter of views of Venice in the 18th century. His early figurative paintings were carried out in association with his brother Gian Antonio, bu...

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20th December 2011

This Week’s Party 60: Mario Sironi (1885-1961)

Sironi was an Italian modernist artist who was active as a painter, sculptor, illustrator and designer. His visions were always sombre and dramatic, characterised by blocky forms, stark oppositions...

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29th November 2011

This Week’s Party 59: Frederic Remington (1861 – 1909)

Frederic Remington is best known for his art depicting the cowboys, soldiers and Native Americans of the Old West. A native of Canton, New York, Remington found inspiration in these subjects from a...

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1st November 2011

This Week’s Party 58: Lelio Orsi (1511-1587)

Born in Novellara, Italy, Orsi studied with his painter father, but very early on he incorporated into his polished, illusionistic style the two influences that remained primary throughout his life...

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23rd October 2011

This Week’s Party 56: Francis Danby 1793 – 1861)

Francis Danby was an Irish painter of the romantic era. Born near Wexford in the South of Ireland, his father’s death in 1807 caused the family to move to Dublin, while Francis was still a sc...

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18th October 2011

This Weeks Party 57: Roger Hilton (1911-1975)

Hilton was a pioneer of abstract art in post-war Britain. Born in Northwood, London, Hilton studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, under Henry Tonks and also in Paris, where he developed links wi...

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6th September 2011

This Week's Party 55: Louis –Léopold Boilly (1761 – 1845)

Louis –Léopold Boilly was a French painter and draftsman. A gifted creator of popular portrait paintings, he also produced a vast number of genre paintings vividly documenting French m...

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16th August 2011

This Week’s Party 54: Arthur Devis (1712 – 1787)

Arthur Devis was born in Preston, Lancashire, the eldest son of Anthony Devis. His father, who was a member of the town council as well as a carpenter and a bookseller, may have been responsible fo...

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27th July 2011

This Week’s Party 53: Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574)

Vasari was born in Arezzo, Tuscany. Recommended at an early age by his cousin Luca Signorelli, he became a pupil of Guglielmo da Marsiglia, a skilful painter of stained glass. Sent to Florence at t...

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1st July 2011

This Week's Party 52: Roberto Antonio Sebastián Matta Echaurren (1911 – 2002)

Roberto Antonio Sebastián Matta Echaurren, better known as Roberto Matta, was one of Chile’s best known painters and a seminal figure in 20th century abstract expressionist and surreal...

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25th May 2011

This Week’s Party 51: Erlund Hudson (1912 – 2011)

Erlund Hudson was one of an extraordinary group of women artists who managed to depict life on the Home Front during the Second World War. Although at the time of the war female artists tende...

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7th April 2011

This Week's Party 50: Raoul Dufy (1877-1953)

Born into a large family at Le Havre, in Normany, Dufy left school at the age of fourteen to work in a coffee-importing company. At 18, he started taking evening classes in art at Le Havre’s...

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30th March 2011

This Week's Party 49: George Braque (1882 – 1963)

Creator of the cubist movement, George Braque, born on May 13th 1882, began his career following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a painter and decorator. However, he soon realised...

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16th March 2011

This Week’s Party 48: Kaj Frank (1911–1989)

Kaj Franck is one of Finland’s most prominent designers. Despite this, it took a long time for Franck to find his speciality in the design world. Starting off studying to be a draughtsm...

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9th March 2011

This Weeks Party 47: John Merton (1913-2011)

Cecil Beaton once described one of Merton’s many portraits as “the picture of the century”. Throughout the last century he was known as one of the most prolific portrait pai...

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24th February 2011

This Week’s Party 46: Peter Thursby (1930 – 2011)

Thursby was a high achiever in the world of sculpture, with much of his work taking pride of place in public spaces and corporate buildings throughout Britain and America. He grew up in Salisbury,...

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17th February 2011

This week’s Party 45: Vanessa Bell (1879 – 1961)

Bell was a key member of ‘The Bloomsbury Group’, a group of artists, writers and philosophers whose work has deeply influenced literature, aesthetics, criticism and economics. The...

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9th February 2011

This Week’s Party 44: Alphonse Legros (1837 – 1911)

Legros was a painter, etcher, sculptor and teacher. He grew up in Dijon where he spent hours painting and sketching the local people and surrounding landscape. He was sent to art school in order to...

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1st February 2011

This Week’s Party 43: Mary Edmonia Lewis (1845 – 1911)

Lewis was the first African American and Native American woman to gain recognition internationally for her astonishingly beautiful work in sculpture. At the age of just nine years old both of Lewis...

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27th January 2011

This Week’s Party 42: Giorgio Vasari (1511 – 1574)

Vasari was an Italian painter, writer, historian and architect. He is re-known for his biographies of Italian artists which are considered to be the ideological foundation of art-historical writing...

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18th January 2011

This Week’s Party 41: Jules Dupre (1811-1889)

Dupre has a painting style that was a compelling mix of the realistic and the romantic – he saw nature as majestic and almost spiritual and believed, for example, that ‘trees were signi...

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11th January 2011

This Week’s Party 40: Roberto Matta (1911 – 2002)

Born 100 years ago in Chile, Santiago, Matta grew up to become one of Chile’s best known painters in the 20th Century movement of Abstract Expressionism and Surrealist art. After studying at...

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6th January 2011

This Week's Party 39: George Caleb Bingham (1811 – 1879)

Bingham was one of the most important artists of the early North American Frontier Painters, painting the landscapes of the American West and its settlers. At a time when the camera was not widely...

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22nd December 2010

This Week's Party 38: Jack Levine (1915 – 2010)

‘To paint is to be a keeper of the flame and to do something with it.’
Levine was an American Socialist Realist Painter and printmaker who was well-known for his satires on modern...

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15th December 2010

This Week’s Party 37: George Stubbs (1724 – 1806) - 1760s Horse Collection

250 years ago Stubbs started painting a collection of oils which would become among some of the highest sold paintings in the world. Born in Liverpool, son of a leather merchant Stubbs worked for h...

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6th December 2010

This Week’s Party 36: Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi (1842 – 1910)

Kuindzhi, having died now 100 years ago, was a Russian landscape painter of the late 19th Century. Although he has not gained much recognition internationally, his style shows an interesting approa...

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29th November 2010

This Week’s Party 35: Alexandre Calame (1810 – 1864)

Born 200 years ago Calame was recognised as one of Switzerland’s most famous landscape painters of the 19th Century. Whilst growing up in Neuchatel he lost the sight in one of his eyes in an...

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23rd November 2010

This Week’s Party 34: Piero della Francesca (1410/20 – 1492)

Piero della Francesca was one of the most popular artists of the 15th Century. Born 700 years ago in a small town in Tuscany, Piero was part of a small nobility of Tuscany, as part of the Florentin...

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15th November 2010

This Week’s Party 33: David Teniers the Younger (1610 - 1690)

Born 400 years ago, Tenniers was a Flemish born artist and the son of the more celebrated David Teniers. Due to his father’s well established connections within the art world of that era Teni...

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8th November 2010

This Week’s Party 32: William Dobson (1610 – 1646)

Dobson, born 500 years ago now, was one of England’s first notable painters. Born and bred in England he became apprentice to William Peake and then went on to become part of Francis Cleyn&rs...

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28th October 2010

This Week's Party 31: Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)

Kandinsky was a painter at the epicentre of the creation of abstract art starting in 1910. Russian born, Kandinsky, originally enrolled at the University of Moscow to study Law and Economics. It wa...

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20th October 2010

This Week’s Party 30: Kazimir Malevich (1879–1935)

Malevich was among one of the first artists to discover the style of Geometric Abstract Art and the creator of the Avant-Garde Suprematist movement. Born in the Ukraine, coming from a large family...

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12th October 2010

This Week’s Party Leo Lionni 29: (1910–1999)

Lionni was born 100 years ago in the suburbs of Amsterdam, and grew up to become one of the most highly acknowledged designers and artists of the 20th Century. He was a creative and innovative thin...

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7th October 2010

This Week’s Party 28: Georges Jouve (1910 – 1964)

Georges Jouve is known as one of the most important ceramists of the 20th century. Born 100 years ago, his art depicts a story of the world he grew up in by incorporating a style of sens...

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29th September 2010

This Week’s Party 28: William Mctaggart (1835-1910)

McTaggart, having died now 100 years ago, devoted his entire life to art. Renowned for his impressionist landscape paintings of his home land in Scotland he was a warm kind-hearted man who was dedi...

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20th September 2010

This Week's Party 27: Adriaen Van Ostade (1610 - 1685)

Ostade, born now 400 years ago, portrayed the Dutch lower class with a certain element of beauty and passion. Orginally chirstened as Adriaen Hendricx, Ostade was the eldest son of Jan Hendricx Ost...

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13th September 2010

This Week’s Party 26: Sir Hugh Casson (1910-1999)

Born 100 years ago, Casson was an all-rounder in the eclectic world of 20th Century British Design. Professionally know as an architect he also dabbled in interior design, art, writing a...

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10th September 2010

This Week’s Party 25: Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)

Rousseau, having died 100 years ago, was ridiculed throughout his life for having a painting style like that of a child. He was born in the Loire Valley as son of a plumber and attended Laval High...

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23rd August 2010

This Week’s Party 24: Dorothea Tanning (1910- )

The Surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning was born in Galesburg, Illinois, 100 years ago. Tanning has described her home town as a place where ’nothing happens except the wall paper’ and r...

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11th August 2010

This Week's Party 23: William Holman Hunt (1827 – 1910)

Dying a hundred years ago, William Holman Hunt studied at the Royal Academy art school but rejected the tenets of founding father Sir Joshua Reynolds and established the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood...

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26th July 2010

This Week’s Party 22: Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps (1803-1860)

The French painter Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps was born in Paris in 1803 and died 150 years ago. He was ranked one of the leaders of the French school at the time, along with such famous faces as Ver...

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7th July 2010

This Week’s Party 21: Gaston Chaissac (1910 – 1964)

Arguably born 100 years ago but some say earlier, Chaissac was a self-taught French painter, draughtsman and sculptor who did not take up painting until his late 20s. He had initially undertaken a...

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1st July 2010

This Week’s Party 20: Diego Velasquez (1599 – 1660)

Mr Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velasquez, born 350 years ago, is probably the most critically important Spanish painter.  Inextricably associated with the court of Philip IV and his own idiosyn...

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21st June 2010

This Week’s Party 19: Ennio Morlotti (1910 – 1992)

The Italian painter Ennio Morlotti is born in Lombardy 100 years ago. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence and subsequently at the Brera Academy in Milan. In 1937, he went to Paris...

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16th June 2010

This Week’s Party 18: Philipp Otto Runge (1777 – 1810)

A brilliant German Romantic painter who died tragically young from tuberculosis and adopted painting as a career relatively late. One of ten children born in Western Pomerania, he was introduced to...

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1st June 2010

This Week’s Party 16: Caravaggio (1571-1610)

One of Europe’s the most influential and notorious painters, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, died four hundred years ago. He trained under a rather indifferent Mannerist in Milan before mo...

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1st June 2010

This Week’s Party 17: William H. Bell (1830-1910)

Born in Liverpool, William Bell was a pioneering photographer who quickly moved to America and in 1848 he established a partnership with his brother-in-law John Keenan in Philadelphia; the pair ope...

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25th May 2010

This Week’s Party 15: Johann Zoffany (1733–1810)

Son of a cabinet maker and architect, Zoffany was a German neoclassical painter born in Frankfurt and died in London 200 years ago. He studied initially in Ellwangen and Regensburg under Martin Spe...

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11th May 2010

This Week’s Party 14: Sandro Botticelli (c.1445-1510)

Today one of the best loved of early Renaissance Florentine painters, whose actual name was Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi. He died 500 years ago and his best known masterworks are the gra...

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4th May 2010

This Week’s Party 13: James Ensor (1860-1949)

The extraordinarily innovative and socially engaged painter and printmaker James Ensor was born in Ostend, Belgium, 150 years ago and proved to be a significant influence on both the Expressionist...

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21st April 2010

This Week’s Party 12: Adam Elsheimer (1578 –1610)

A remarkable German lyrical landscape painter who died in acute poverty 400 years ago at the rather tender age of thirty-two. Elsheimer produced only about 40 attributed paintings in his brief and...

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13th April 2010

This Week’s Party 11: Thomas Colman Dibdin (1810-1893)

Born 200 years ago, Dibdin was a fine illustrator and decorative watercolour painter with a particular emphasis on architectural subjects, townscapes and landscapes in England and France. Born in B...

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7th April 2010

This Week’s Party 10: Winslow Homer (1836-1910)

America’s finest painter of the 19th century was born in Boston and died 100 year’s ago at the wonderfully named Prouts Neck, Maine, overlooking the Atlantic. Homer was a multi faceted...

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29th March 2010

This Week’s Party 9: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

Fifty years ago the brief constellation named Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in New York to a Haitian father and a Brooklyn born Puerto Rican mother. Initially responsible for the aphoristic anti-ma...

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22nd March 2010

This Week’s Party 8: Jacopo Bassano (c.1510-1592)

Born Jacopo da Ponte in Bassano del Grappa, the latter tastes like heaven but better, this Italian painter is the most celebrated of a whole family of artists, including his father and four sons. B...

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15th March 2010

This Week’s Party 7: Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988)

Pietro Annigoni, the reactionary Italian portrait and fresco painter, best known for his relentlessly reproduced romantic painting of Queen Elizabeth II in 1955, was born 100 years ago. Whilst the...

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8th March 2010

This Week’s Party 6: Felix Nadar (1820-1910)

100 years ago Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, better known by his pseudonym Felix Nadar, died in Paris, an innovative and talented individual of curiously broad interests. He was a well known writ...

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1st March 2010

This Week’s Party 5: Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953)

Born 125 years ago, this Russian painter, sculptor and designer’s eponymous Tower, commissioned in 1919 as the Monument to the Third International, is probably the seminal work of the Constru...

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22nd February 2010

This Week’s Party 4: Giorgione (1477/8 – 1510)

500 years ago the extraordinary Giorgio da Castelfranco died of the plague. He is better known as Giorgione, the Italian painter regarded by many as one of the foundation stones of modern painting...

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15th February 2010

This Week’s Party 3: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

This year is the 250th anniversary of the birth of iconic Japanese painter and wood engraver Hokusai. He seemed to have suffered from a serious name issue, using some thirty to fifty different ones...

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8th February 2010

This Week’s Party 2: Thomas Crapper (c1836-1910)

The glorious Mr Crapper of lavatorial fame died 100 year’s ago in 1910 and did not, contrary to popular opinion, invent the self flushing toilet at his plumbing works in Chelsea. He did howev...

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1st February 2010

This Week’s Party 1: Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939)

Image maker of that shrinking violet Sarah Bernhardt and pioneer of Art Nouveaux, Alphonse Maria Mucha, born in Ivancice in South Moravia within today's Czech Republic, would be 150 years old this...

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