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February 2nd, 1970

On this day in art history, Gustave Fielder’s painting Christmas ’69 first appeared on the back cover of the Friday MidAfternoon Post.

 

Gustave Fielder's Christmas '69 (1970)

 

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January 25th, 1991

On this day in art history, the Italian-American painter L. Marie Marchi completed her painting, Four Figures On A Step featuring Hello Kitty

Four Figures On A Step feautring Hello Kitty by L. Marie Marchi

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January 15th, 1979

On this day in art history, Timmy McDougal’s painting The Two-Faced Smoker was stolen from the Vancouver Institute of Art.  Three weeks later, a ransom note would be mailed to the Canadian government, demanding a million Canadian dollars be paid for the return of the painting.  Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau responded with a televised speech in which he announced, “The check is in the mail.”  However, the painting was never returned.  When asked to speculate as to why, Trudeau shrugged and said, “We sent the money.  Perhaps the envelope was misplaced.”

The Two-Faced Smoker remains a lost piece of art.

The Two-Faced Smoker by Timmy McDougal

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January 14th, 1985

Pope Joan at Via Scara featuring Hello Kitty by L. Marie Marchi

On this day in art history, the Italian-American painter L. Marie Marchi completed her painting Pope Joan At Via Scara featuring Hello Kitty.  The painting depicts the legendary Pope Joan giving birth in the middle of a papal procession while Hello Kitty drives by.  This painting, the first of Marchi’s featuring Hello Kitty series, currently hangs in the Denton Museum of Art (DMA) in Denton, Texas.    

Though originally dismissed by art critics, Pope Joan At Via Scara featuring Hello Kitty subsequently became very popular with the public when a copy of the painting was used to decorate the cafeteria at St. Monica Catholic School in Dallas, Texas.  This copy was seen by a few members of the Walnut Hill Catholic Wives and Mothers Auxiliary who quickly fell in love with the whimsical yet disturbing picture.  The WHCWMA commissioned several t-shirts decorated with the image of Pope Joan At Via Scara featuring Hello Kitty and from there, a grassroots fashion movement was born.

Sadly, the featuring Hello Kitty series has been on hiatus since 2002, the results of several accusations of various copyright infringements.  L. Marie Marchi has promised that the series will continue once the lawsuits have been settled.

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January 8th, 1927

One of the few surviving photographs of American artist Giovanni DeGrasslo (1887--1939)

On this day in art history, the American painter Giovanni DeGrasslo first unveiled what contemporary art critics considered to be his greatest work — Al Capone As I Knew Him.  At the time, many observers noted that the painting appeared to be almost as much a self-portrait of DeGrasslo as much as being a portrait of notorious gangster Al Capone.  Ten minutes after revealing the painting, DeGrasslo took it out to the alley behind his studio and set it on fire.  DeGrasslo habits of destroying his paintings shortly after completing them is speculated to be the reason why he remains largely an unknown artist.

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