Gustav Klimt

Born on this date in 1862, Gustav Klimt, an Austrian painter best known for his 1907 masterpiece The Kiss.  His work was considered highly erotic some pieces more risqué than others .  Whilst paintings like The Kiss are full of symbolic imagery (the couple are wrapped in a glistening gold tapestry – the side covering the guy decorated with erect rectangles and the woman covered … Continue reading Gustav Klimt

Happy Birthday Bernard

Born on this date in 1928 – French artist Bernard Buffet. I first came across his art on Pinterest when I pinned one of his clown paintings.  I didn’t know much about him so did a bit of googling. He apparently had a somewhat roller coaster experience of fame and shame.  Once celebrated as a successor to Picasso his work was then rejected as vulgar … Continue reading Happy Birthday Bernard

King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII

On this day in 1491 one of the most interesting (if not the most likeable) British monarchs was born – the man who in 1509 became King Henry the VIII. Famed for his six wives, religious division and obesity he must be one of the most written about and filmed. Everyone knows the little rhythm….”Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived” even if they don’t remember … Continue reading King Henry VIII

Paul Colin art

Artist Paul Colin

Born on this date in 1892, Paul Colin was a French artist and author, widely recognised as one of France’s greatest poster artists. He achieved fame when he created the poster for the 1925 Revue Negre which helped to launch the career of dancer Josephine Baker (who became his mistress), he worked for over forty years in the theatre, creating not only posters but also … Continue reading Artist Paul Colin