BIRTH: 1785 WILKIE
Died on 01 June 1930: Julius Mordecai
Pinkas (or Jules Pascin), Bulgarian French Expressionist
painter born on 31 March 1885. [Did he ever consider painting
a baboon from the rear?]
The Turkish Family (1907, 61x51cm) _ A group of eight women crowds together convivially. Their protective stance and the bright red dress call attention to the youngest, perched on a chair at the center. A slim, fashionably dressed woman holds a small dog and the plume on her chic blue hat points to the only man in the scene. A dreamy cherub floats toward him as if blessing his good luck with women. The man bears a slight resemblance to the artist, and the picture may refer, in part, to Pascin’s pride in having had a Turkish wet nurse. Pascin was a central figure in the social and cultural life of the cafés and studios of Montparnasse. He soon became well known among Jewish artists in the neighborhood, who looked to him as an example of an accomplished Jewish artist.
on 18 November 1785: Sir David Wilkie, Scottish
painter who died on 01 June 1841.
Wilkie was born in Cults manse in Fife in 1785. In 1799, he was sent to study at the Trustees’ Academy in Edinburgh and on his return home in 1804, painted his Pitlessie Fair. The Village Politicians (1806) was of great success which made him settle in London. In 1817, he visited Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford, and painted his family group.
His fame mainly rests on his genre pictures in the Dutch style, such as the Distraining for Rent (1815), The Penny Wedding (1818), The Letter of Introduction (1818) and others. Later he changed his style, tried to imitate the depth and richness of coloring of the old masters and chose more elevated historical subjects, like The Preaching of John Knox before the Lords of Congregation, 10 June 1559. He also painted portraits William Chalmers-Bethune, his wife Isabella Morison and their Daughter Isabella (1804), and was successful as an etcher.
In 1823, he was appointed King’s limner in Scotland, and in 1830 painter-in-ordinary to King William IV. In 1840, for his health, he visited Syria, Palestine and Egypt, but died on his voyage home.
The Blind Tenant The Blind Fiddler (1806) The Artist's Family before the Portrait of Johann Georg Sulzer (1785)
on 01 June 1915: John White Alexander, US
artist born on 07 October 1856.