Image of the day
Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance ii (1951) – American painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly, who died 27/12/2015
Kelly’s Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance is one of the first abstract works the artist produced after abandoning figure painting. A series of eight collages made up of hundreds of squares of colour randomly placed on a white or black background, Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance was the product of a mathematical system: numbered slips of paper referred each to one of eighteen different hues to be placed on a grid 40 inches by 40 inches. For each one of the eight collages Kelly used a different process, working one colour at a time and always unaware of the results.
On this day …
1831 HMS Beagle set out on its famous scientific voyage around the world with Charles Darwin
on board. It was during the voyage that Darwin wrote On the Origin of the Species.
1923 French civil engineer and architect Gustav Eiffel died.
1948 French actor Gerard Depardieu was born.
2007 Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was killed while leaving a campaign
Quote of the day
A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.
Louis Pasteur, French chemist born 27/12/1822
Did you know …?
The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world before the construction of the Empire State Building in 1930.