Richard Avedon: May 15, 1923-Oct 1, 2004

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Mr. Avedon revolutionized the 20th-century art of fashion photography, imbuing it with touches of both gritty realism and outrageous fantasy and instilling it with a relentlessly experimental drive. So great a hold did Mr. Avedon’s fashion photography come to have on the public imagination that when he was in his 30’s he was the inspiration for Dick Avery, the fashion photographer played by Fred Astaire in the 1957 film “Funny Face.” In 1978 he appeared on the cover of Newsweek while a retrospective exhibition of his work was on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
https://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/02/obituaries/richard-avedon-the-eye-of-fashion-dies-at-81.html

MoMA Collection~ http://www.moma.org/collection/artists/248?=undefined&page=1
International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum~ http://www.iphf.org/hall-of-fame/richard-avedon/

American Masters~ http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/richard-avedon-about-the-photographer/467/
The Richard Avedon Foundation~ http://www.theavedonfoundation.net/

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Viktor Hartmann: Born May 5, 1834

In 1873 at the age of thirty-nine, Viktor Alexandrovich Hartmann, Russian architect and painter, died from an aneurysm. He was at the forefront of the Russian Revival, friend of and inspiration to many contemporaries in the field of architecture, art and music. Shortly after his death, Vladimir Vasilievich Stasov, helped to arrange an exhibition of Hartmann’s work.

Mussorgsky poured out his feeling about his friend’s death in a letter to Stassov. who shared the Russian nationalist tendencies of Hartmann and Mussorgsky and had brought the two men together in the first place.

Mussorgsky’s piano suite was not published until after his death, is dedicated to Stassov. Stassov, with whom Mussorgsky had discussed the suite as he composed it, explained in the first edition of the Pictures at an Exhibition: “The composer here portrays himself walking now right, now left, now as an idle person, now urged to go near a picture; at times his joyous appearance is dampened, he thinks in sadness of his dead friend. …”
http://korschmin.com/pictures-at-an-exhibition/

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Keith Haring: May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990

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Renowned street artist Keith Haring…was born on May 4, 1958, in Pennsylvania, and died in New York in 1990. His eponymous foundation was established a year before his death, and provides grants to those affected by AIDS.
https://news.artnet.com/people/keith-haring-birthday-2016-485381

Keith Haring was born and grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania with his parents and three younger sisters. His father, Allen Haring, was a cartoonist who may have been an inspiration for him to pursue his artistic talents and certainly influenced his son’s work. Haring entered the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburg at age 17 and studied there for two years. He then tired of the commercial art genre and went on to study fine arts in New York City. Here at the School of Visual Arts he was inspired by graffiti art for the first time…http://www.stencilrevolution.com/profiles/keith-haring/

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Odilon Redon: Born April 20, 1840

Odilon Redon (born Bertrand-Jean Redon) (April 20, 1840-July 6, 1916) was a French symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman and pastellist.

Odilon Redon (April 20, 1840 – July 6, 1916)
Brief Biography~ http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/odilon-redon-2243
A better understanding of Redon. Extracts from writings~
http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/around-redon.html#c52029
Collection at MoMA~ http://www.moma.org/collection/artists/4840?locale=en

William Henry Jackson: Born on April 4, 1843

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From age twelve until age ninety-nine, William Henry Jackson was involved on some level with photography. After a tour of duty in the Civil War, he headed West and eventually settled in Omaha, Nebraska, where he opened a portrait photography studio with his brother Edward. As Jackson explained, however, “Portrait photography never had any charms for me, so I sought my subjects from the house-tops, and finally from the hill-tops and about the surrounding country; the taste strengthening as my successes became greater in proportion to the failures.” In 1870 he accompanied geologist Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden on an expedition across Wyoming, along the Green River, and eventually into the Yellowstone Lake area. Jackson’s images were the first published photographs of Yellowstone. Partly on the strength of these photographs, the area became America’s first national park in March 1872.

On one of several independent expeditions that he headed, Jackson also became the first to photograph the prehistoric Native American dwellings in Mesa Verde, Colorado. He finally settled in Denver, Colorado, where he worked as a commercial landscape photographer and continued to publish his photographs as postcards. 
http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/artists/1853/william-henry-jackson-american-1843-1942/

http://www.iphf.org/hall-of-fame/william-henry-jackson/Jackson1

March 31~

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
art: Elias Gottlob Haussmann
Leipzig Bach Museum
bio: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Lib/Bach-Johann-Sebastian.htm
video: https://youtu.be/BOZEj8wyj-I

 

 

 

 

 

 

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
art:  John Hoppner
Royal Collection Trust

bio: http://www.famouscomposers.net/joseph-haydn
video: https://youtu.be/E6JVYrhbxWs

 

 

Anna Sewell: Born March 30, 1820

sewellWhile in her fifties Sewell first devised the idea to write her own book about horses. Initially intended, as she wrote in her diary, to be an instructional work to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses little did she know it would become a best-seller. Bustling Victorian London’s society, transportation and industry was dependent on horse power, but there were also emerging vegetarian and animal anti-cruelty groups. Through the trials and tribulations of Black Beauty we see a cross-section of the working conditions and quality of life for horses.
http://www.online-literature.com/anna-sewell/

Black Beauty is widely credited with helping to change the way horses were cared for. There is little doubt that the book helped hasten the abolishment of the “bearing rein” — a strap used to pull a horse’s head in toward its chest to force the appearance of a noticeable arch of the neck. BlackBeauty(This was a highly desired look in aristocratic society, but it created great pain and difficulty for the horses. The animals could not use their neck and chest muscles to pull weigh properly or to breathe correctly. The unnatural arch weakened the horses and usually led to respiratory problems.) Black Beauty also placed a harsh spotlight on the practice of “docking” or cutting short a horses tail, largely for the sake of appearances — a practice that is still widely debated.
How ‘Black Beauty’ Changed The Way We See Horses
http://www.npr.org/2012/11/02/163971063/how-black-beauty-changed-the-way-we-see-horses

Read Black Beauty online or download the free ebook:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/271silentmovie

Free downloads of Black Beauty in Mp3 (audiobook) format.
http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/125/black-beauty/

March 17~

Nat King Cole (1919-1965)
art:  William P. Gottlieb Library of Congress
bio: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/nat-king-cole-mn0000317093/biography
video: https://youtu.be/kGq7sgfYk1o

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rudolph Nureyev (1938-1993)
art: Jamie Wyeth
Brandywine River Museum of Art
bio: http://russiapedia.rt.com/prominent-russians/opera-and-ballet/rudoph-nureyev/
video: https://youtu.be/qG7JvpPGdEU