Vincent van Gogh’s First Major Showing

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March 17, 1901: van Gogh’s First Major Showing

On March 17, 1901, paintings by the late Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh are shown at the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris. The 71 paintings, which captured their subjects in bold brushstrokes and expressive colors, caused a sensation across the art world.

Eleven years before, while living in Auvers-sur-Oise outside Paris, van Gogh had committed suicide without any notion that his work was destined to win acclaim beyond his wildest dreams. In his lifetime, he had sold only one painting. One of his paintings–the Yasuda Sunflowers–sold for just under $40 million at a Christie’s auction in 1987.

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First Version

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Most famous work from van Gogh’s Dutch period, The Potato Eaters (1885)

Potato Eaters (1885)

Potato Eaters (1885)

He was greatly influenced by the theories of artists, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, Camille Pissarro, and Georges Seurat. Under the advice of Pissarro he adopted the kind of colorful palette for which he is famous. His painting Portrait of Pere Tanguy (1887) was the first successful work in his new postimpressionist style.

Portrait of Pere Tanguy (1887)

Portrait of Pere Tanguy (1887)

The next 12 months marked his first great period. Working quickly and with much intensity he produced such works as The Night Café (1888). It was the year he cut off a piece of his ear during his first bout with mental illness.

The Night Café (1888)

The Night Café (1888)

One of the great paintings from the period that he spent 12 months at the Saint-Remy-de-Provence asylum was the swirling, visionary Starry Night (1889).

Starry Night (1889)

Starry Night (1889)

Over the next decade, a handful of other van Gogh exhibits took place, but it was not until the Bernheim-Jeune show in 1901 that he was recognized as a truly important painter. In subsequent decades, his fame grew exponentially, and today his paintings are among the most recognized works of art in the world.

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“Burst of Joy”

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. . . is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Associated Press photographer Slava “Sal” Veder, taken on March 17, 1973 at Travis Air Force Base in California.

The photograph came to symbolize the end of United States involvement in the Vietnam War, and the prevailing sentiment that military personnel and their families could begin a process of healing after enduring the horrors of war.

The photo is Robert L. Stirm after spending more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Stirm was shot down over Hanoi on October 27, 1967, while leading a flight of F-105s on a bombing mission, and not released until March 14, 1973. The centerpiece of the photograph is Stirm’s 15-year-old daughter Lorrie, who is excitedly greeting her father with outstretched arms, as the rest of the family approaches directly behind her.

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Cash, Lewis, Perkins & Presley – Million Dollar Quartet

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December 4, 1956: Million Dollar Quartet Convenes in Memphis

The modest storefront recording studio at 760 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, played an outsize role in rock-and-roll history. And One of the most famous, an impromptu jam session by four young rock-and-roll giants that took place – a session enshrined in rock-and-roll legend as the “Million Dollar Quartet.”

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Sun Records

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Sam Phillips

The studio at 760 Union was run by Sam Phillips the legendary producer who’s Sun Records had launched Elvis Presley on his path toward stardom two years earlier with the release of his first single, “It’s Alright Mama” (1954).

Among those stars was Carl Perkins, the rockabilly legend who was in the studio on December 4, 1956, to record a follow-up to his smash hit from earlier that year: “Blue Suede Shoes.”

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Carl with Blue Suede Shoes

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Hanging out in the booth was Perkins’ good friend Johnny Cash, already a star in his own right after his breakthrough hits, “Folsom Prison Blues” (1955) and “I Walk The Line” (1956).

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Playing piano for a $15 session fee was the brash, wild, but not-yet-famous Jerry Lee Lewis, who’s career-making Sun single “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” was set for release just a few weeks later.

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Four songs into Perkins’ session, all work came to an end with the arrival of an unexpected drop-in guest …Elvis Presley!

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While recording engineer Jack Clement ran a tape that would not be discovered for more than 20 years, Sam Phillips had the presence of mind to summon a photographer from the local paper to capture images of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered around a piano singing the kind of music they’d all grown up on, gospel.

I Shall Not Be Moved - The video begins with a snippet interview of Sam Phillips and his photos with Elvis before the jam session.

The caption under the photo that ran in the next day’s Memphis Press-Scimitar was “Million Dollar Quartet.” The label quickly caught on among rock-and-roll fans who would not actually get the chance to hear the recording made on this day in 1956 until 1981, when the first portions of the lost tapes were discovered and released.

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Joni Mitchell is Born

joni_mitchell-both_sides_now-735820November 7, 1943:  Joni Mitchell is Born

“The moment I began to write, my music was not folk music.” Performing solo with her acoustic guitar and long, straight, blond hair, the woman born Roberta Joan Anderson in Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada, on this day in 1943, may have looked the part, but in truth the only category that fits the groundbreaking singer-songwriter better known as Joni Mitchell is Duke Ellington’s famous superlative: “beyond category.”

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Even as a child taking piano lessons, Joni showed more interest in composing her own melodies than in playing the pieces her teacher assigned her.

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“My teacher rapped my knuckles with a ruler and said, ‘Why would you want to compose when you could have the greats under your fingers?’”

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. . . she recalled in an interview some 40 years later. When the folk-music revival of the late 1950′s and early 1960′s came to Saskatoon—the college town in which she spent most of her childhood—Mitchell resolved to learn the guitar in order to become a competent accompanist at sing-alongs. When her mother refused to chip in, citing Joni’s earlier abandonment of the piano, the woman Rolling Stone would later name the greatest female guitarist of all time saved up and purchased a baritone ukulele.DV016_Jpg_Large_H75001_001_natural_V

A bout with polio as a child had left Mitchell unable to form the chords with her left hand that her ear wanted to hear, so early on she began experimenting with non-standard guitar tunings that would later become part of her signature sound.

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It was not as performer, however, but as a songwriter that Mitchell would initially make her name. Even many of her biggest fans first heard Joni Mitchell’s music as interpreted by Judy Collins, who made a hit out of “Both Sides Now” (1967) fully two years before Mitchell released her own recording of that song herself. In later years, Crosby, Stills and Nash would score a bigger hit with the Mitchell-penned “Woodstock” than Mitchell herself would, as would hard-rockers Nazareth with their 1973 cover version of “This Flight Tonight,” from Mitchell’s landmark album, Blue.

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Blue (1971) marked the beginning of Mitchell’s period of greatest popularity, and her commercial success peaked three years later with 1974′s Court and Spark. 176247_1_f

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But even though she would never sell as many records in the subsequent decades as she did in the early 1970′s, her creativity only increased as she experimented and collaborated with jazz greats like Charles Mingus and Herbie Hancock. In a judgment that history has already recorded as very sound, David Geffen of Geffen Records, Mitchell’s label from 1982 to 1993, said in 1994, “Even though we lost money on every one of her records, we always treated Joni as one of the most important artists in the world.”

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Georgia O'Keefe

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MAM exhibit

From the porch in Solon

From the porch in Solon

Biking road in Solon

Biking road in Solon

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Solon Springs

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