AUGUST 27 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1859 ~ Petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania on the 27th August 1959, leading to the world’s 1st commercially successful oil well.

1890 ~ Man Ray the American modernist artist and photographer was born Emmanuel Radnitzky on the 27th August 1890 (died 1976  aged 86). Man Ray was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist art movements. Man Ray worked in a variety of artistic media but considered himself mainly a painter, although he was well known in the art world for his avant-garde, fashion and portrait photography. and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. He was also known for his work with photograms aka rayographs.

Salvador Dalí Man Ray Paris 1934 wild eyes portrait photographer Carl Van Vechten soi-meme be yourself tous tissus
Salvador Dalí & Man Ray in Paris on 16 June 1934 making “wild eyes” for a portrait by photographer Carl Van Vechten (black & white photo source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Van Vechten Collection)

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The AUSTRALiAN ART SHOW by Expertise Events ~ Melbourne & Sydney

Experience Australian Art Show 2013 Artists exhibition fair paintings drawings artworks canvas framed abstract pop realism Melbourne Sydney
Experience the Australian Art Show 2013 in Melbourne & Sydney

The 1st AUSTRALiAN ART SHOW by Expertise Events ~ Melbourne & Sydney

~ August & October 2013 ~

The Australian Art Show is a brand-new event to provide an opportunity for art-minded people to get together in a friendly creative atmosphere, to foster growth of all facets of the arts and the public’s interest in them. This inaugural art show event has been created by Continue reading

AUGUST 23 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

0079 ~ MOUNT VESUViUS began stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan on the 23rd August in the year 79. Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Monte Vesuvio) is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, about 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) east of Naples. Mount Vesuvius buried and destructed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, killing approximately 6,000 people due to hydrothermalpyroclastic flows. The only surviving eyewitness account of the event consists of 2 letters by Pliny the Younger sent to the historian TacitusVesuvius is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. It’s regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because It’s the most densely populated volcanic region in the world, with a population of 3,000,000 people living close-by, and its tendency towards explosive Plinian eruptions.

Vesuvius volcanic eruption Portici Naples Italy erupting volcano night painting Joseph Wright Derby 18th century 1700s red fire Art
Vesuvius volcanic eruption seen from Portici & painted by Joseph Wright of Derby in the 18th century (1774 – 1776) ~ painting from the Art collection of the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA

1541 ~ JACQUES CARTiER the French explorer landed near Quebec City on the 23rd August 1541, in his 3rd voyage to CanadaJacques Cartier claimed what is now Canada for Continue reading

AUGUST 17 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1578 ~ Francesco Albani the Italian painter was born on the 17th August 1578 (died 1660). 

1786 ~ Davy Crockett the American soldier and politician was born on the 17th August 1786 (died 1836).

1807 ~ Robert Fulton‘s North River Steamboat left New York for Albany on the Hudson River on the 17th August 1807, inaugurating the 1st commercial steamboat service in the world.

Robert Fultons North River Steamboat New York Albany Hudson River 1807 Worlds 1st boats USA flag
Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat

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