April 29, 1945: U.S. Seventh Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberates Dachau


“In 1944 Zoran Music was arrested by the Gestapo in Venice and deported to the concentration campo in Dachau, an experience that marked his life and his art thereafter. In 1945 he made a series of drawings depicting scenes related to the Holocaust: cremation ovens, hanged men and piles of corpses. These drawings would be the inspiration, in the 1970s, for the series Nous ne sommes pas les derniers (We Are Not the Last)…”

When we were in the camp, people would often declare that this sort of thing could never happen again. When the war is over, they said, a better world will come into being and such horrors will never recur. . . But then, as time went by, I saw the same sort of thing starting to happen again all over the world—in Vietnam, in the Gulag, in Latin America—everywhere. And I realized that what we had said in those days—that we would be the last people to experience such things—was not true: the truth is that we were not the last. – Zoran Music

Some of Zoran Music’s artwork~ http://www.tate.org.uk/art/search?aid=1685&sort=date

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/28~

The term this photographer invented to describe himself – Bildjournalist – is still the German word for photojournalist.

In 1960 this artist patented a color of his own invention, which he called International (__) Blue after himself.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/04/28/april-28/

Nelle Harper Lee: April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016

On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, ABC News named her their Person of the Week.

“19 Impressive To Kill A Mockingbird Covers from Around the World”~ https://www.printmag.com/design-culture-2/to-kill-a-mockingbird-book-covers/

6de25b970ea4bbb8c7716760a4595924“[A] selection of the film’s original artwork: some of the colour lobby cards and posters from its international release”~

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, first published in 1960: list of 403 editions on Goodreads~ https://www.goodreads.com/work/editions/3275794-to-kill-a-mockingbird?per_page=100&utf8=%E2%9C%93


Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/26~

Although not the first person to attempt to catalog all the birds of America, for half a century this painter was the country’s dominant wildlife artist.

This French Romantic painter was also a renowned lithographer who illustrated works by Shakespeare, Goethe, Byron, and Scott.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/04/26/april-26/

Ella Fitzgerald: Born April 25, 1917~

Ella Fitzgerald by Al Hirschfeld, 1993. Ink on board. Melvin R. Seiden Collection
of Drawings by Al Hirschfeld, Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

In mid 1936, Ella made her first recording. “Love and Kisses” was released under the Decca label, with moderate success. By this time she was performing with Chick’s band at the prestigious Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom, often referred to as “The World’s Most Famous Ballroom.”

Shortly afterward, Ella began singing a rendition of the song, “(If You Can’t Sing It) You Have to Swing It.” During this time, the era of big swing bands was shifting, and the focus was turning more toward bebop. Ella played with the new style, often using her voice to take on the role of another horn in the band. “You Have to Swing It” was one of the first times she began experimenting with scat singing, and her improvisation and vocalization thrilled fans. Throughout her career, Ella would master scat singing, turning it into a form of art.
Ella Fitzgerald | Official Site~ http://www.ellafitzgerald.com/about/biography

Ella Fitzgerald at 100 (npr)~


American Masters~

21 Dazzling Photos Of Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald Over The Years

RARE PHOTO of Ella Fitzgerald Goes On Display at Smithsonian

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/25~

This artist created a vocabulary of various signs and marks that read metaphorically, rather than according to any form of traditional iconography.

This Dutch-born artist was part of the original CoBrA group (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam) founded at the Café de l’Hotel Notre Dame in Paris.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/04/25/april-25/