Today in History: Marilyn Monroe born in 1926

Today in History: Marilyn Monroe born in 1926
Today is the birthday of American actress, model and sex-symbol, Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson). A supporting role in the film “The Asphalt Jungle” (1950) marked Monroe’s breakthrough in Hollywood. Films like “Niagara” (1953), “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), and “Some Like It Hot” (1959) made her to one of the most successful movie stars of the 1950s.Monroe was found dead from a drug overdose on August 5, 1962 in her home in Brentwood, California. She was 36 years old.

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Art History: Eugene Grasset born in 1845

Art History: Eugene Grasset born in 1845

The acclaimed Swiss decorative poster artist would turn 174 years old if he were still alive today. Grasset (25 May 1845 – 23 October 1917) studied drawing and architecture and worked as a painter and sculptor before he moved to Paris in 1871. It was not until the late 1870s that Grasset became interested in graphic design. He created  his first posters in the mid- to late-1880s. Grasset was famous for his classical portrayal of women. His poster works are considered cornerstones of the Art Nouveau movement.

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Today in History: Munich Secession Movement formed in 1892

Today in History: Munich Secession Movement formed in 1892

In Munich, a group of some 100 artists split off from the mainstream Munich Artists’ Association and founded the Munich Secession (“Verein Bildender Künstler Münchens e.V. Secession”). The group’s progressive outlook had an eye toward exhibiting at the upcoming World’s Columbian Exposition. They called for a transformation in the ideas of what constitutes art and promoted the idea of an artists’ freedom to present works directly to the public. Among the circle were such renowned artists as Peter Behrens, Josef Block, Lovis Corinth, Max Liebermann, Franz von Stuck, and Fritz von Unruh.

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Today in History: Ireland Bans Smoking in Workplace

Today in History: Ireland Bans Smoking in the Workplace

In 2004, Ireland becomes the first country to ban smoking in all workplaces. Contrary to initial concerns, the ban had no adverse economic effects, and soon several other countries passed similar legislation. According to the World Health Organization, tobacco smoke is the single greatest cause of preventable death globally.

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Today in History: Art Nouveau conquers Vienna in 1918

Today in History: Art Nouveau conquers Vienna in 1918
121 years ago today, the first exhibition of the “Secession” art movement opened in Vienna. This Austrian artists’ association wanted to set itself apart from the established art business and created the basis for the Viennese Art Nouveau.

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Today in History: Opening of the Bauhaus in 1919

Today in History: Opening of the Bauhaus in 1919

On March 21, 1919, the Bauhaus, a German design school founded in Weimar by Walter Gropius, opened its doors. Its goal was to create a new unity between art and industry, allowing people from the sectors of the decorative arts, architecture and modern technology to work together and learn from one another. The school moved to Dessau in 1925 and to Berlin in 1932 and was closed in July of 1933 by its own staff under pressure from the Nazi government.

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Today in History: Henri Matisse born in 1869

Today in History: Henri Matisse born in 1869

149 years ago today, French painter and sculptor Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse was born.

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