View of Collioure (1905) – French artist Henri Matisse, born 31/12/1869
Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in art in the early decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. This painting is an example of the style that Matisse employed during his early period of Fauvism, a term which comes from the French word fauves, meaning wild beasts.
On this day …
1935 The patent for the game Monopoly was issued.
1963 Hawaiian sumo wrestler Konishiki Yasokichi was born (see image for 29th December).
Quote of the day
Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all.
Did you know …?
Over a third of the world’s commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.