Born this day in 1887, she is the quintessential artist. Not only was she a photographic model for her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, who may have exploited their intimacy by exhibiting his private photographs of her, but was - and is - a model for the rest of us who want to live lives that reflect our values. Independent, creative, in touch with the natural world, she continues to inspire. Most of us recognize her famous flower paintings. But take a look at the beautifully edited piece below, put together by "starrynight003." Her landscapes are lovely, too.
Born in Buenos Aires on this day in 1942, this Israeli-Argentine pianist and conductor has won seven Grammy Awards, received a knighthood, and racked up more honors than you can shake a stick at. A charismatic figure in his own right, he was famously married to the equally charismatic cellist, Jacqueline Du Pre. Much has been written about her tragic illness, and as outsiders, we can never really know what their relationship was like. However, there was a moment before their troubles set in, when they shared something remarkable as artists. The following clip from an early recording session shows some of the joy they ignited in each other, which found its way into music.
Born this day in 1920, this wonderful painter turns 93 today. The clip below is from an interview conducted five years ago. Love what he says about painting anthologizing the sum human consciousness from all of our sides, from the majestic and spiritual all the way down to brute terror and the tremendous inhumanity of man. As one of the YouTube comments points out, this man is a national treasure.