August 21

Apollinaire and the Theft of the Mona Lisa

On the 21st of August 1911, the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Louvre. The absence of the painting was first noticed by the painter Louis Beroud, who in the morning of the 22nd of August made his way to the Salon Carré where the Mona Lisa had […]

August 20

Argentinian Social Realism: Pío Collivadino

On the 20th of August 1869, post-impressionist and social-realist painter Pío Collivadino was born in Buenos Aires. Trained at the Italian Argentine cultural society and the Societá Nazionale de Buenos Aires, he travelled to Rome in 1889, where two years later he became part of the Accademia di San Luca. After his return to Buenos […]

August 19

The Jewish Ghetto and Photonostalgia: Roman Vishniac’s Vanished World

On the 19th of August 1897, one of the world’s most remarkable microbiologists and naturalist photographers, Roman Vishniac was born in Pavlovsk, the Russian Empire. Within the art world, however, he is best remembered for his photojournalistic coverage of the Eastern European Jewish ghettos prior to World War II. In the late 1930s, Vishniac was commissioned […]

August 18

The Art of Alfred Wallis, Naïve St Ives Genius

On the 18th of August 1855, fisherman and artist Alfred Wallis was born in Devonport, Devon, England. The son of Penzance parents, Alfred was an apprentice to a basketmaker before becoming a mariner in the merchant service by the early 1870s. He sailed on schooners across the North Atlantic between Penzance and Newfoundland. He married […]

August 17

The World’s First Cartoon: Fantasmagorie

On the 17th of August 1908, Fantasmagorie, the first fully animated feature film was released in Paris by the Gaumont company. Created by Emile Cohl, Fantasmagorie is considered one of the masterpieces of animated cinema and of early cinema as a whole. Done in a white-on-black style, reminiscent of a film negative, the film broke […]

August 16

Ub Iwerks: The Real Grandfather of Animated Cartoons

On the 16th of August 1930, Fiddlesticks, the first ever animated sound cartoon photographed in two-strip Technicolour, was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in America. The 6:12 minute clip was the first part of the Flip the Frog series directed and drawn by Ub Iwerks, produced by Celebrity Pictures, with music by Carl Stalling. This ground-breaking cartoon […]

August 15

Amir Naderi: Iranian Cinema after the Revolution

On the 15th of August 1946, Iranian film director, screenwriter and photographer Amir Naderi was born in Abadan, Iran. He is considered one of the major directors of Iranian cinema before and after the Iranian Revolution (1978-79). Orphaned at a very young age, he was raised by a maternal aunt until he was old enough […]