November 30, 1953~ French artist Francis Picabia dies

Machine Tournez Vite (Machine Turn Quickly) by Francis Picabia

1916-1918 / Brush and ink with watercolor and shell gold over a 19th-century French lithographic illustration; laid down on canvas / 19 1/2”x12 7/8” / National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

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Previous November 30 posts:

November 30~ Artists at their Easels

Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/30~

June 13, 1231~ Saint Anthony dies in Padua, Italy

The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Max Ernst

1945 / Oil on Canvas / 43”x51” / Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany

“The Temptation of Saint Anthony” was painted for a competition in 1946 where 12 surrealist and magic realist artists were invited to submit a work to be featured in the film “The Private Affairs of Bel Ami”. The invited painters were Ivan Albright, Eugène Berman, Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux, Louis Guglielmi, Horace Pippin, Abraham Rattner, Stanley Spencer, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, and Max Ernst, who won the competition. All contestants except Fini delivered a painting. The judges were Marcel Duchamp, Alfred H. Barr Jr., and Sidney Janis.

Portraits of a Desert Father: Surrealist Contributions to the St. Anthony Tradition~

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Previous June 13 posts:

Pride Month~ June 13

Christo (June 13, 1935) & Jeanne-Claude (June 13, 1935–Nov. 18, 2009)

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/13~

March 23~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Lee Krasner (1908-1984), One of the first generation Abstract Expressionist painters

Gold or Silver / 1954 / Oil and paper collage on Masonite / 48”x61 3/4”











Remedios Varo (1908-1963)
Spanish-Mexican painter known for her contributions to Surrealism and Symbolism

Modernidad (Modernity) / 1936 / Pencil, gouache and graphite on plywood / 31”x19”

March 22~ Women’s History Month in visual arts


Lee Miller (1907-1977)
American Fashion and fine art photographer, photojournalist, Surrealist artist, writer, and model

Women in fire masks, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London / 1941 / American Vogue magazine





Dora Maar (1907-1997)
French Surrealist artist and photographer, painter, and poet

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/11~

What artist, the leading French sculptor of his time, created works that form a prelude to the art of his student and admirer Auguste Rodin?

What artist went to Hollywood to work with Alfred Hitchcock on the film Spellbound, crafting a dream sequence full of psychoanalytic symbols?

Answers here~