Art History

Historical Events

  • 1667-04-09 1st public art exhibition at the Palais-Royale in Paris

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1831-01-22 Charles Darwin takes his Bachelors of Art exam

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1870-04-13 Metropolitan Museum of Art forms in NYC
  • 1871-03-28 SF Art Association holds open reception at 430 Pine
  • 1872-02-20 New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art opens

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1886-02-13 Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class

Painter Thomas Eakins
Thomas Eakins
  • 1900-11-12 World's Fair (Exposition Universelle) in Paris closes (50 million visitors) - Art Nouveau style dominates

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1901-01-31 Chekhov's "Three Sisters" opens at Moscow Art Theater

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov
  • 1904-01-17 Anton Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater
  • 1906-05-13 Bezalel Art School opens in Jerusalem
  • 1913-02-15 1st avant-garde art show in America opens in NYC
  • 1929-11-07 NYC Museum of Modern Art opens in Hecksher Building
  • 1932-11-15 Walt Disney Art School created
  • 1935-12-28 W P A Federal Art Project Gallery opens in NYC
  • 1937-03-24 National Gallery of Art established by Congress
  • 1937-07-19 Entartete Art Fair opens in Munich
  • 1938-06-03 German law on "Entartete Art" legalizes art robbery
  • 1941-03-16 National Gallery of Art opens in Wash DC
  • 1947-10-29 Trial of art forger Han van Meegeren begins in Amsterdam
  • 1949-03-10 Detroit Tiger pitcher Art Houtteman is critically injured in an auto accident but recovers to win 15 games in 1949
  • 1951-05-21 The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition - a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School.
  • 1958-01-26 Jack Smith takes over from Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"
  • 1959-04-05 23rd Masters Golf Tournament: Art Wall Jr wins, shooting a 284

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1961-10-17 NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • 1961-12-04 Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days
  • 1962-09-25 "New Painting of Common Objects" exhibition at Pasadena Art Museum opens - 1st show on American Pop Art

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1963-01-07 The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1966-04-01 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)
  • 1966-11-04 Flooding of Arno River (Italy) destroys countless art works, kills 113

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1966-11-09 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition at Indica Gallery in London

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1967-10-11 Yoko Plus Me art exhibit opens in London (the me is John Lennon)

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1968-07-01 John Lennon's 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

1969-08-15 Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in New York State on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm

  • 1972-09-04 Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1975-04-08 47th Academy Awards: "The Godfather Part II", Ellen Burstyn & Art Carney win

  • 1979-11-15 British government identifies Sir Anthony Blunt, art advisor to the Queen, as 4th man in Soviet spy ring
  • 1982-06-12 Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel perform in Rotterdam
  • 1984-10-25 King Boudouin opens Museum for Modern Art in Brussels
  • 1990-03-18 Largest art robbery in US history: 13 works of art worth over $500 million are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
  • 1990-10-05 Cincinnati jury acquits art gallery of obsentity (Mappelthorpe photos)
  • 1992-10-12 Wash Redskin Art Monk sets NFL record with 820th reception
  • 1993-01-23 Indian Airlines B737 crashes art Aurangabad, 61 die
  • 1996-02-08 NFL & Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Balt but he had to leave the Browns' name behind
  • 2001-05-04 The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.

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2006-02-07 Uma Thurman is named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature

Actress Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
  • 2012-04-18 The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples begins burning artworks after cultural institution budget cuts
  • 2012-05-09 Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars
  • 2014-11-25 Switzerland's Bern Art Museum agrees to accept artworks looted from their Jewish owners by the Nazis

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2015-05-11 Record price for a work of art at auction: Picasso's The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’) sells for US$179.3 million at Christies in New York

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
  • 2015-08-13 US Government formally returns to France Picasso's painting La Coiffeuse, stolen from Paris' National Museum of Modern Art in 2001

Famous Birthdays

  • 1519-06-12 Cosimo I de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and art patron of Florence (d. 1574)
  • 1729-03-28 Pieter Fouquet, Dutch art seller (Atlas of Fouquet)
  • 1824-01-14 Vladimir Stasov, Russian art and music critic (d. 1906)
  • 1832-12-27 Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and patron of art, born in Moscow (d. 1897)
  • 1841-03-07 William Rockhill Nelson, founder of The Kansas City Star and patron of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (d. 1915)
  • 1843-10-20 Victor de Stuers, Dutch art connoisseur
  • 1862-07-14 Gustav Klimt, Austria, Art Nouveau painter
  • 1862-11-15 Adolf Bartels, German folk art writer
  • 1869-03-03 Henry J Wood, English conductor (Gentle Art of Singing, Proms)
  • 1869-10-14 Joseph Duveen, England, art connoisseur (Elgin marbles)
  • 1872-01-16 Edward G Craig, actor/director (On the art of theatre)
  • 1878-02-23 Kazimir Malevich, Ukrainian painter and art theorist (d. 1935)
  • 1879-04-13 Edward Bruce, Director art projects (d. 1943)
  • 1882-07-10 Ima Hogg, Texas art patron/founder of Houston Symphony
  • 1884-06-25 Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, German art promoter (d. 1979)
  • 1889-10-19 Uncle Art Satherly, entertainer (1968 Acad of Country Music Award)
  • 1898-08-26 Peggy Guggenheim, art patron & collector
  • 1908-06-10 Brinsley Ford, CEO (National Art Collections Fund)
  • 1911-05-31 Edward Adamson, art therapist/collector
  • 1912-06-24 Selwyn Powell, art editor
  • 1912-06-30 Kenneth Jameson, art educator
  • 1923-10-27 Roy Lichtenstein, Pop art painter (painted comic book panels), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926-03-12 Ronald Alley, art gallery manager (Tate Gallery)
  • 1926-09-19 Pierre Janssen, art museum director
  • 1935-07-24 Pat Oliphant, Australia, cartoonist (7 Pres: The Art of Oliphant)
  • 1936-05-16 Philippe de Montebello, art exhibitionist (Treasures of Tut), born in Paris, France
  • 1936-08-21 Radish Tordia, painter of Figurative Art from Georgia
  • 1939-08-13 Saul Steinberg, artist (The Art of Living)
  • 1947-01-04 Chris Cutler, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • 1950-06-04 Dagmar Krause, West Germany, singer (Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • 1950-10-31 Jozef Stolorz, polish art painter
  • 1956-05-13 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of the Art of Living Foundation
  • 1970-06-01 Joshua Compston, art impressario

Famous Deaths

  • 1800-04-18 Pieter Fouquet, art merchant (Atlas of Fouquet), dies
  • 1916-03-21 Victor de Stuers, Dutch art expert, dies at 72
  • 1961-03-31 Seerp Anema, Dutch poet/writer (Modern Art & Degenerating), dies at 85
  • 1966-07-30 Edward G Craig, English actor/dir (On Art of Theatre), dies at 94
  • 1994-07-28 Selwyn Powell, art Editor, dies at 82
  • 1996-02-03 Edward Adamson, art therapist/collector, dies at 84
  • 1996-03-05 Joshua Compston, art impressario, dies at 26
  • 1996-03-17 Kenneth Jameson, art educationalist, dies at 83
  • 2003-03-20 Sailor Art Thomas, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2006-11-28 Robert Volpe, Artist, Art Theft Detective (b.1942)
  • 2007-12-18 Jack Linkletter, American television host, son of Art Linkletter (b. 1937)