Born January 17~ Melitta Auwaerter Schnarrenberger

Melitta Sleeping by Wilhelm Schnarrenberger, 1934

Self-portrait with Melitta by Wilhelm Schnarrenberger, 1936

The painter who signed her name “Melitta” created most of her artwork beginning when she was in her late sixties. Melitta Auwaerter was born in Pforzheim, Germany, in 1909. In 1915, her father sold his jewelry factory and moved the family to Karlsruhe. Melitta studied painting at Karlsruhe’s Academy of Fine Arts from 1927 to 1930. This is where she met her future husband, painter and professor Wilhelm Schnarrenberger (1892-1966). They married in 1930. Only a few drawings, watercolors and pastels are known to exist from the years of her marriage. The couple’s daughter Vera was born in 1931, and in 1933 the family moved to Berlin after Wilhelm lost his job at the Academy for political reasons. By 1938, the couple decided that the political situation meant it was time to move again. They went to Lenzkirch, a municipality in the Black Forest, where they opened a guesthouse. Melitta and Wilhelm divorced in 1946, and Melitta subsequently managed the guesthouse on her own. She became active in politics and social work, and from 1959 to 1977 was a member of the municipal council of Lenzkirch. As her political career wound down, Melitta at long last began to paint again. Between 1977 and her death she created over 150 paintings, mostly oils, and exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions. Melitta painted primarily landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. Melitta Schnarrenberger died in Lenzkirch in 1996. A memorial exhibition was held in 1997 in Schluchsee-Seebrugg.

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Born January 16~ Gerta Overbeck

Gerta Overbeck was a painter, teacher, and a participant in the German New Objectivity movement
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Six-day race Westfalenhalle Dortmund by Gerta Overbeck
1926 / Indian ink drawing on paper / 8 4/5″x11 1/4″
Museum for Art and Cultural History of the City of Dortmund, Germany

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Born January 15~ Marie Victoire Jaquotot

Marie-Victoire Jaquotot (January 15, 1772-April 27, 1855) was a 19th-century French painter.
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Casket for Louis XVIII’s snuffbox also contained painted miniatures to be fitted successively into the lid of the snuffbox. They were painted by Marie-Victoire Jaquotot. Details, description here:

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Born January 14~ Berthe Morisot

Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot (January 14, 1841-March 2, 1895) was a French Impressionist painter.
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Le Cerisier by Berthe Morisot
1891 / Oil on canvas / 60 3/5″x33″ / Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, FR

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Born January 13~ Hanna Pauli

Hanna Hirsch-Pauli (January 13, 1864-December 29, 1940) was a Swedish painter.
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A Bavarian Peasant Girl by Hanna Pauli
1885-1887 / Oil on canvas / 35 4/5″x28 3/4″ / Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

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Born January 12~ Evelyn Ackerman

Evelyn Ackerman (January 12, 1924-November 28, 2012)
was a California Midcentury Modern artist and designer.

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Cat and Bird in Tree by Evelyn Ackerman
1963 / Hand-woven wool with dyes / 23 1/4″x44″ / Private collection

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Born January 11~ Marsha Burns

Marsha Burns (born Seattle, WA, 1945) is an American photographer.
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Untitled by Marsha Burns
1978 / Gelatin silver print / 8 5/8″x6 5/8″ / Princeton University Art Museum, NJ

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Born January 10~ Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth (January 10, 1903-May 20, 1975) was an English artist and sculptor.
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Hollow Form (Penwith) by Barbara Hepworth / 1955-56
Lagos wood, partly painted / 35 3/8″x35 7/8″x25 5/8″ / MoMA, NY, NY

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Born January 9~ Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (January 9, 1875-April 18, 1942) was an American sculptor,
art patron and collector, and founder in 1931 of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.
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Spanish Peasant by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
1913 / Bronze on marble base / Excluding base: 9 3/4″x7 1/2″x7 1/4″ / Graham Shay 1857 gallery, NYC

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Born January 8~ Elisabetta Sirani

Elisabetta Sirani (January 8, 1638-August 28, 1665) was an Italian Baroque painter and printmaker.
Biography on Wikipedia:

Virgin and Child by Elisabetta Sirani
1663 / Oil on canvas / 34″x27 1/2″ / National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC

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