The Life You Give: Frida Kahlo *VII 6 1907

Frida Kahlo, born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, July 6, 1907, in Coyoacán, Mexico, is the painter best known for her uncompromising and brilliantly coloured self-portraits that deal with such themes as identity, the human body, and death. Although she denied the connection, she is often identified as a Surrealist. In addition to her… Continue reading The Life You Give: Frida Kahlo *VII 6 1907

The Life You Give: Richard Wagner *1813

Richard Wagner, born Wilhelm Richard Wagner, on May 22, 1813, in Leipzig, Germany, is the dramatic composer and theorist whose operas and music had a revolutionary influence on the course of Western music, either by extension of his discoveries or reaction against them. Among his major works are The Flying Dutchman (1843), Tannhäuser (1845), Lohengrin… Continue reading The Life You Give: Richard Wagner *1813

The Life You Give: Albrecht Dürer *1471

Albrecht Dürer, born May 21, 1471, in the Imperial Free City of Nürnberg, Germany, is the painter and printmaker generally regarded as the greatest German Renaissance artist. His vast body of work includes altarpieces and religious works, numerous portraits and self-portraits, and copper engravings. His woodcuts, such as the Apocalypse series (1498), retain a more… Continue reading The Life You Give: Albrecht Dürer *1471

The Life You Give: Agnes Martin *1912

Agnes Martin, born March 22 1912, in Macklin, Sask., Canada, was a painter. She moved to the U.S. in 1931 and became a U.S. citizen in 1950. She studied at Columbia University and taught at the University of New Mexico. In 1958 she had her first solo exhibition. Martin was a prominent exponent of geometric… Continue reading The Life You Give: Agnes Martin *1912

The Life You Give: Eva Hesse *1936

Eva Hesse created innovative sculptural forms using unconventional materials such as latex and fiberglass and gave minimal art organic, emotional, and kinetic features. She scorned good taste and the decorative, creating sculptures out of repeated units which embodied opposite extremes. These extremes were born from the extremes of her own life.Hesse is recognized as one… Continue reading The Life You Give: Eva Hesse *1936

The Life You Give: Antoni Tàpies *1923

Antoni Tàpies (Antoni Tàpies Puig, marqués de Tàpies), born December 13, 1923, in Barcelona, Spain, was a Catalan artist, credited with introducing contemporary abstract painting into Spain. He began as a Surrealist but developed into an abstract artist under the influence of French painting and achieved an international reputation.In 1943 Tàpies began studying for a… Continue reading The Life You Give: Antoni Tàpies *1923

“Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg” premieres 176 years ago in Dresden

“Tannhäuser” (“Tannhäuser and the Minnesingers' Contest at Wartburg”) the three act opera by Richard Wagner (music and libretto) premiered on October 19 1845, at the Königliches Hoftheater Dresden (Royal Court Theatre). Painting of Elisabeth praying for Tannhäuser, by Theodor Pixix (1831-1908)