Born in 1907, Magdalena Frida Kahlo grew up in Mexico City in a blue house/Casa Azul built by her father. Fath­er Guill­ermo Kah­lo was a Ger­m­an-Jewish photo­grapher and moth­er, Matil­de Cald­erón, indig­enous and Cat­holic Spanish. At 6 Kahlo contracted polio, rendering her right leg perm­an­ently smaller. More than a fashion statement emphasising Mexico, long skirts became Kahlo’s modest…

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Knight, The Fishing Fleet, 1900  Boston Museum & Art Gallery.Knight, The Boys Newlyn Cornwall, 1909,  Johannesburg Art Gallery.Barbara Morden’s book dealt with the British artist born to the impov­erished Johnson fam­ily. Passion for Life: Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) cov­er­ed Knight’s early years in Nott­ing­ham, her rel­at­ion­ship with husband Harold, life in art­ists col­on­­ies, her love of ballet,…

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Czar Alexander II (ruled1855-81) was a great Russian royal, one of his suc­c­esses was emancipating serfs in 1861, ending the obscene sl­av­ery of Russian peasantry. This was before the US finally ended its obscene slavery in 1865.Alexander II was writing a national constit­ution, and just before he announced his ref­orms, young revolution­aries who op­posed the…

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Jews, Christians and Muslims, Peoples of the Book, shared a common basis of their religious beliefs in the Jewish Bible aka the Old Testam­ent. Recognising the two older systems as precur­sors to their own, Muslims grant­ed free­dom of worship to Jews and Ch­ristians within their dominions. The importance of canon­ic scriptures within these three related…

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Born Josef Braun (1918-2009) in Lodz Poland, he arrived in Aus­tr­alia with his father and siblings in 1933. At 15 he settled in Melbourne and attended Princes Hill Central School. Brown showed an early talent for drawing and was first exhibited at his school.Bush track Dromana, 1875by Louis BuvelotFrederick McCubbin, Autumn Memories, 1899donated by Brown to…

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Hilda Rix  (1884-1961) was born in rural Victoria. Her mother was artistic so Hilda was allowed to study at the National Gallery School Melbourne from 1902-5 under Frederick McCubbin, Australia’s greatest artist then. In 1907 she left Australia for Europe with her mother and sister, studying at the New Art School in London, followed by…

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The Leviny house Buda, in Castlemaine bought and renovated in 1863Ernest Leviny (1818-1905) was a Hungarian and a citizen of the Austro Hungarian Empire. He moved from a small town to Budapest, to train as a silversmith and jeweller. In 1843 he lived in Paris developing his craft before moving to London where he set up a…

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Art Deco fans will enjoy Sarah Hue-Williams’ book A Kind of Magic: Art Deco Vanity Cases  (2017). It was written in collaboration with Peter Edwards, a London deal­er in C20th Art Deco jewellery. A Kind of Magic brought together the personalities, designers and work­shops who created the art objects. The book included photographs of 48 Jazz Age…

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Many years ago I examined the theft of the Mona Lisa in this blog. So now let us re-examine the most famous painting in the universe, by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503-16, to reveal a different motive from the one provided back in 2012.Vincenzo Peruggia (above) stole his beloved Mona Lisa (below)from the Louvre in 1911.King Francois I placed…

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Madonna will showcase Lempicka’s art on her Celebration Concert Tour, Lempicka The Musical on Broadway in Mar 2024. An exhibit­ion at San Francisco’s Legion of Honour Museum will reevaluate her style in art history by int­rod­ucing 1920-30s Paris culture. And a documentary The True Story of Tamara De Lempicka & the Art of Survival will appear in 2024! What a year!! Portrait Of Dr Boucard…

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