April 9, 1682~ Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River

La Salle Christening the Country “Louisiana” by Howard Pyle

Oil on Canvas / 24”x16 1/4” / Private collection

Illustration for article “The Great La Salle” by Henry Loomis Nelson, published in Harper’s Monthly Magazine, February 1905

1923 / Reproduced as Cover and Frontispiece for “Howard Pyle’s Book of The American Spirit” / Harper & Brothers

Previous April 9 posts:

Spring~ April 9

Eadweard Muybridge: Born April 9, 1830

Tom Lehrer: Born April 9, 1928

April 9, 1939: Marian Anderson’s Easter Sunday Lincoln Memorial concert

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/9~

April 1, 2019~ April Fools’ Day

April Fool: Girl with Shopkeeper by Norman Rockwell

1948 / Cover illustration for April 3, 1948 “The Saturday Evening Post” / Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections

Can you find all 57 “errors” in Rockwell’s Girl with Shopkeeper cover of The Saturday Evening Post?
Click on the image to enlarge it. Click here for the answers~ https://www.nrm.org/2009/04/fools-gold-answers/

1943 Rockwell April Fools painting~ https://www.nrm.org/2018/03/april-fools-2018/

1945 Rockwell April Fools painting~ https://www.nrm.org/2019/03/april-fools-2019/

Previous April 1 posts:

The Four Seasons: Spring

Spring~ April 1

April 1~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/1~

 

 

March 16, 1834~ H.M.S. Beagle, with Charles Darwin, arrives in the Falklands

Falklands Wolf, “Canis Antarcticus” by George R. Waterhouse,
from Part 2, No. 1 of The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle,
edited and superintended by Charles Darwin

1838 / 5-part book, “The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle
Under the Command of Captain Fitzroy, R.N., during the Years 1832 to 1836”

New Clues To Extinct Falklands Wolf Mystery:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091102121449.htm

Previous March 16 posts:

March 16~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Anna Atkins: Born March 16, 1799

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/16~

February 28, 1820~ Sir John Tenniel born

Self Portrait by Sir John Tenniel

1882 / Oil on canvas / 13 3/5”x11 3/4” / Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, Scotland

Previous February 28 posts:

February 28~ African-American visual artists

Sir John Tenniel: Born February 28, 1820

February 28~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/28~

Previous February 29 posts:

February 29~

February 29, 1940: Hattie McDaniel wins an Oscar

February 8, 1828~ Author Jules Verne is born

Illustration by N.C. Wyeth for Jules Verne’s book “The Mysterious Island”
Originally published 1874; N.C. Wyeth version first published 1918

1918 / Oil on canvas / 38 5/8”x28 3/16” / Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA

Previous February 8 posts:

February 8~ African-American visual artists

February 8~ First Opera in North America

February 8~ Chinese New Year 2016

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/8~

February 2~ Groundhog Day

Illustration by Arthur Rackham of woodchuck* family
for Margery Williams Bianco’s book “Poor Cecco

Originally published 1925 / Illustrations: photomechanical color process /
175 pages / George H. Doran Company, New York

* Groundhogs are also variously referred to as woodchucks, whistle-pigs, or land-beavers

Previous February 2 posts:

February 2~ African-American visual artists

Loren MacIver: Born February 2, 1909

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/2~

 

Pride Month~ June 15


Ruth Bernhard (1905-2006)
German-born American photographer shot almost exclusively in black-and-white
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Bernhard

Doll’s Head / 1936 / Photographic print / 7 11/16”x 9 9/16”(image)

 

Richard Bruce Nugent (1906-1987)
Writer, artist, and illustrator associated with the Harlem Renaissance
https://ubuntubiographyproject.com/2017/07/01/richard-bruce-nugent/

Cover drawing for Opportunity: Journal of Negro Life / Vol. 4, No. 39, March 1926

March 20~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), The first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/ey-exhibition-sonia-delaunay/delaunay-introduction

Dubonnet / 1914 / Watercolour on canvas / 24”x30”

Amelia Pelaez (1897-1968)
Participant in the vanguardia and the classical phases of Cuban modernism
https://sophia.smith.edu/global-modern-women-artists/amelia-palaez/biography/

Marañones (Cashews) / 1939-1940 / Oil on canvas / 24 3/8”x30 1/2”