Today in History: Robert Rauschenberg is born in 1925

Today in History: Robert Rauschenberg is born in 1925

93 years ago today, American painter and graphic artist, Robert Rauschenberg, was born in Port Arthur, Texas. He studied art in Kansas (1946-1947), Paris (1947) and at Black Mountain College in North Carolina under Joseph Albers (1948-1950). Rauschenberg was based in New York City and is perhaps best known for his influence on pop art of the 1960s, constantly questioning the distinction between art and everyday objects. The eclectic artist often combined sculpture and paint in his works. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he experimented with collage and photography. Rauschenberg died from heart failure in 2008.

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Today is National Boss’s Day

Today is National Boss’s Day

Back in 1958, Patricia Bays Haroski, a secretary at State Farm Insurance in Deerfield, Illinois registered “National Boss’s Day” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She was working for her father at the time and chose October 16 in honor of her father’s (i.e. her boss’s) birthday. Four years later, Illinois Governor, Otto Kerner, officially proclaimed Boss’s (also Bosses) Day. It became a Hallmark Holiday in 1979 with the introduction of National Boss’s Day cards.

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Today in History: Mona Lisa shown at Castle Clos Lucé in 1517

Today in History: Mona Lisa shown at Castle Clos Lucé in 1517

501 years ago today, Leonardo da Vinci allegedly presented his Mona Lisa to King Francis I of France. Da Vinci was invited to work at King’s castle in 1516 and it is believed that he took the Mona Lisa (and several other works) with him where he continued to make refinements to his masterpiece before presenting it to the King. The Mona Lisa was acquired by King Francis at the time and is now property of the French Republic. It is likely the most visited, most written and talked about, and possibly even the most valuable painting in the world. It has been on permanent display at the Louvre in Paris since 1797.

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Today in History: Graf Zeppelin heads for the USA in 1928

Today in History: Graf Zeppelin heads for the USA in 1928

90 years ago today, the legendary airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin launched its first intercontinental flight to the United States. The airship traversed 6,168 miles (9,926 km) during its 111 hour journey. It flew over New York at 4 pm on October 15 before it landed at the Lakehurst Naval Station. It stayed in the U.S. for two weeks and arrived safely back in Germany on November 1. The poster below is a 1930s travel poster for the Graf Zeppelin designed by Ottomar Anton.

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Today in History: Air France formed in 1933

Today in History: Air France formed in 1933

The French airline was formed 85 years ago today and this is always a great reason to show another example of Air France’s wonderful poster art, incl. this beautiful work from 1947.

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Today in History: Le Corbusier born in 1887

Today in History: Le Corbusier born in 1887

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (6 October 1887 – 27 August 1965), known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five decades and he designed buildings in Europe, Japan, India, and North and South America. Dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities, Le Corbusier was influential in urban planning, and was a founding member of the Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM). Le Corbusier prepared the master plan for the city of Chandigarh in India, and contributed specific designs for several buildings there. On 17 July 2016, seventeen projects by Le Corbusier in seven countries were inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites as The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement. Source: wikipedia.org.

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Today in History: Buster Keaton born in 1895

Today in History: Buster Keaton born in 1895

Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname “The Great Stone Face”. Many of Keaton’s films from the 1920s, such as Sherlock Jr. (1924), The General (1926), and The Cameraman (1928), remain highly regarded,with The General widely viewed as his masterpiece. Among its strongest admirers was Orson Welles, who stated that The General was cinema’s highest achievement in comedy, and perhaps the greatest film ever made. Keaton was recognized as the seventh-greatest film director by Entertainment Weekly, and in 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him the 21st greatest male star of classic Hollywood cinema. SOurce; wikipedia.org.

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