On This Day

Art History

Historical Events

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

Historic Event

1831-01-22 Charles Darwin takes his Bachelors of Art exam at Christ's College, Cambridge, coming tenth out of 171 candidates

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

Historic Event

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

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

Historic Event

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

  • 1904-01-17 Anton Chekhov's play "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 Museum of Modern Art opens in Hecksher Building in New York
  • 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 Washington, D.C.
  • 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 US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Art Wall Jr wins by 1 stroke from Cary Middlecoff for his only PGA Tour major victory

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 1966-04-01 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)

Florence Cathedral

1966-11-04 Flooding of Arno River (Florence, Italy) destroys countless art works, kills 113

Meeting of Interest

1966-11-07 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition at Indica Gallery in London [1]

Music History

1967-10-11 "Yoko Plus Me" art exhibit opens in London (the "Me" is John Lennon)

  • 1968-07-01 John Lennon's 1st full art exhibition (You Are Here) opens at Robert Fraser Gallery in London

Woodstock Music and Art Fair

1969-08-15 Woodstock Festival opens in Bethel, New York on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm; performers include Richie Havens, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, and Joan Baez

  • 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
  • 1979-11-15 In Parliament Sir Anthony Blunt, art advisor to the Queen, exposed as 4th man in Soviet spy ring. He was then stripped of his knighthood and fellowship of Trinity College, Cambridge
  • 1982-06-12 Paul Simon and 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 at Aurangabad, killing 61
  • 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.

Film & TV History

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1574)
  • 1729-03-28 Pieter Fouquet, Dutch art merchant (Atlas of Fouquet), born in Amsterdam (d. 1800)
  • 1824-01-14 Vladimir Stasov, Russian art & music critic, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (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, Austrian Symbolist painter (The Kiss), born in Baumgarten, Austria-Hungary (d. 1918)
  • 1862-11-15 Adolf Bartels, German journalist and poet, born in Wesselburen, Holstein, Germany (d. 1945)
  • 1869-10-14 Joseph Duveen, British art connoisseur (Elgin marbles), born in Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1939)
  • 1872-01-16 Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), born in Stevenage Hertfordshire, England (d. 1966)
  • 1878-02-23 Kazimir Malevich, Ukrainian painter and art theorist (d. 1935)
  • 1882-07-10 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, born in Mineola, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1884-06-25 Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, German-French art dealer and publisher, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1889-10-19 Uncle Art Satherley, British-American record producer (Academy of Country Music Award, 1968), born in Bristol, England (d. 1986)
  • 1898-08-26 Peggy Guggenheim, American art patron & collector, born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1908-06-10 Brinsley Ford, British art historian and CEO (National Art Collections Fund), born in Petworth, Sussex, England (d. 1999)
  • 1911-05-31 Edward Adamson, British artist, 'father of art therapy' and collector, born in Sale, England (d. 1996)
  • 1912-06-24 Selwyn Powell, art editor
  • 1923-10-27 Roy Lichtenstein, Pop art painter (painted comic book panels), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1926-03-12 Ronald Alley, art gallery manager (Tate Gallery)
  • 1926-09-19 Pierre Janssen, Dutch art museum director, born in Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 2007)
  • 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, Georgian painter of Figurative Art, born in Abasha, Georgia
  • 1939-08-13 Saul Steinberg, American businessman, founder of Leasco and CEO of Reliance Insurance Company, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1947-01-04 Chris Cutler, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • 1950-06-04 Dagmar Krause, German singer (Slapp Happy; Henry Cow; Art Bears), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1950-10-31 Jozef Stolorz, polish painter
  • 1956-05-13 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, born in Papanasam, India
  • 1970-06-01 Joshua Compston, English art impresario, born in London, England (d. 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • 1800-04-18 Pieter Fouquet, Dutch art merchant (Atlas of Fouquet), dies at 71
  • 1916-03-21 Victor de Stuers, Dutch art expert, dies at 72
  • 1961-03-31 Seerp Anema, Dutch poet and writer (Modern Art & Degenerating), dies at 85
  • 1966-07-30 Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), dies at 94
  • 1994-07-28 Selwyn Powell, art Editor, dies at 82
  • 1996-02-03 Edward Adamson, English artist, 'father of art therapy' and collector, dies at 84
  • 1996-03-05 Joshua Compston, English art impresario, dies at 26
  • 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 TV host (Haggis Baggis, Hootenanny), dies at 70