January 17*, 1904~ Anton Chekhov’s “Cherry Orchard” opens at Moscow Art Theater

Portrait of the Actor Nikolai Podgorny as Peter Trofimov
(in a later production) by Boris Grigoriev

1923 / Oil on canvas / 23 3/4”x28 3/4” / Private collection

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*Opened January 17 Old Style (O.S., Julian calendar)/January 30 New Style (N.S., Gregorian calendar)

Previous January 17 posts:

Winter~ January 17

January 17 (music)~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/17~

January 16, 27 BC~ Augustus Caesar becomes Rome’s first Emperor

Augustus of Prima Porta by Unknown Artist

1st century AD / White marble / 6’8” / Musei Vaticani, Rome

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“To what extent did the ancients colour their sculptures?”~
https://frieze.com/article/polychrome-reconstruction-prima-porta-statue

Previous January 16 posts:

Winter~ January 16

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/16~

January 15, 1951~ Photograph of “The Irascibles” appears in LIFE magazine

The Irascibles by Nina Leen

Photographed November 24, 1950

“From left, rear, they are: Willem de Kooning, Adolph Gottlieb, Ad Reinhardt, Hedda Sterne; (next row) Richard Pousette-Dart, William Baziotes, Jimmy Ernst (with bow tie), Jackson Pollock (in striped jacket), James Brooks, Clyfford Still (leaning on knee), Robert Motherwell, Bradley Walker Tomlin; (in foreground) Theordoros Stamos (on bench), Barnett Newman (on stool), Mark Rothko (with glasses).”

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Entire issue online here~ https://tinyurl.com/LIFE-magazine-Google-Books

Previous January 15 posts:

Winter~ January 15

Frances Benjamin Johnston: Born January 15, 1864

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/15~

January 11, 1787~ Uranus moons Titania & Oberon discovered by William Herschel

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing by William Blake

c.1786 / Pencil and watercolor / 18 3/4”x26 1/2” / Tate Britain, London, UK

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The Shakespearean Moons of Uranus~
https://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited/shakespearean-moons-uranus

Previous January 11 posts:

Winter~ January 11

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/11~

January 10, 1924~ Bebop drummer Max Roach is born

Max Roach by Jean-Michel Basquiat

1984 / Acrylic and oil paintstick on canvas / 60”x60” / Private collection

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1984 NEA Jazz Master Max Roach~ https://www.arts.gov/honors/jazz/max-roach

Previous January 10 posts:

Winter~ January 10

Barbara Hepworth: Born January 10, 1903

David Bowie: Born Jan. 8, 1947 / Died Jan. 10, 2016

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/10~

January 5, 1895~ Alfred Dreyfus dishonorably discharged and demoted

Le Capitaine Dreyfus from “The Dreyfus Affair” by Ben Shahn

1984 / Pochoir lithograph on paper / 15 7/16”x11 15/16”
various incl. Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

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ALFRED DREYFUS AND THE “DREYFUS AFFAIR”~
https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/alfred-dreyfus-and-the-dreyfus-affair

Previous January 5 posts:

Winter~ January 5

George Washington Carver: c.1864 – January 5, 1943

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/5~