Vincent Van Gogh – Workman sitting on a basket, cutting bread The Hague, 1882 Transfer lithography, crayon and autographic ink 49 x 31,5 cm Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Today 139 years ago, on 4 February 1883, Vincent van Gogh wrote to Anthon van Rappard from The Hague:
“As to the lithographs, the one of the chap sitting on a basket slicing his bread is a failure. When it was being transferred to the stone, the upper half came out all blotted and I could only partly correct it with the scraper.”
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti – Grocery List March 18, 1518
Owned by the Casa Buonarroti museum in Florence, Italy, this 500-year-old list was written and illustrated by the sculptor/painter/poet/personality on the back of a letter. Michelangelo’s servant was likely illiterate, so Michelangelo sketched out what he wanted to eat.
Keith Haring was an unusual character among the many street art legends that emerged from the New York graffiti scene, more of which you can read about in 20th Century & the Rise of Graffiti. While many graffiti and artists took to leaving their distinctive graffiti on trains and walls with spray cans, Keith Haring could be found merging experimental performance art with his graffiti street art, usually created in white chalk on black backgrounds.