When Jack Roosevelt Robinson stepped onto Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, he not only changed the face of professional baseball in America. In ways subtle and profound — ways that have been debated, dissected and celebrated in books, films, popular songs, academic circles and casual conversations in the long decades since — he changed the nation itself.
Here, LIFE.com offers a selection of both classic and, in some cases, rare pictures that paint a portrait of a man whose dignity, competitive fire and grace under pressure set him indelibly and inevitably apart from his peers and his rivals.
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
art: Wilhelm August Rieder
Visual Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/31~ https://schristywolfe.com/2016/01/31/artist-birthday-quiz-for-131/
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“Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea”~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/31/picturing-mary-woman-mother-idea/
Japan Society’s “Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection”~
What artist had the plant Ehretia named in his honor?
What artist is one of India’s most celebrated modern artists?
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Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773)
Richard Brautigan: Born January 30, 1935~
Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
Luigi Nono (1924-1990)
Visual Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/29~
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Arthur Rubinstein made his first United States tour in 1906 when he was only 19 years old. He became one of the world’s foremost concert artists.
Rubinstein was born in an Lodz, Poland, on January 28, 1887. He made his first public performance at the age of seven. Four years later, the child prodigy was sent to Berlin to be presented to the great violinist, Joseph Joachim. Impressed with the boy’s amazing talent, Joachim offered to assume responsibility for Rubinstein’s cultural and musical education. At the age of thirteen, Rubinstein debuted formally in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic at a concert featuring the Mozart A major and Saint-Saens G minor concertos. In 1906, he made his American debut, performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. His success here initiated a tour of the United States that included over 40 concerts.
Although the various cinematic adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s books never seem to follow the stories very faithfully, I have for some reason decided to note his birthday by having a look around for a list of tv shows and movies based on Alice. This site has done the best job, in my opinion, and it includes some good links if you are interested enough to pursue the topic further:
Alice in Wonderland
cinema, tv and video representations
Compiled by Michael Organ
William Blake’s visionary art was to have a profound effect on this artist.
This artist is considered one of the most talented Russian landscape painters of his generation.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
art: Joseph Lange Mozarteum Foundation
Jerome Kern (1885-1945)
art: George Gershwin 1937