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Snow Day December 19 A much anticipated winter storm has finally arrived here in Metrowest Boston. Fine-grained flakes are driving as... Bow your heads... November 2 …for today is the birthday of Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin, one of the greatest painters of all... Birthday Boy: Richard Scarry June 5 Richard Scarry, born on June 5th 1919If you know who Richard Scarry's replacement is in the pantheon of illustration... Birthday Boy: Henri Rousseau May 21 This famous French Customs Officer and painter was born on this day in 1844.Is "The Sleeping Gypsy" in... Happy Birthday Leo Lionni! May 5 Leo Lionni was born on May 5, 1910.If you haven't seen and been effected in even a small way by his intelligent and... Stop Everything! April 20 And say "Per molts anys!" to the great Catalonian artist Joán Miró! It's his birthday!This... Happy Birthday Jean Honoré Fragonard April 5 Today is/was the birthday of Jean Honoré Fragonard. He was born in 1732 and sits squarely in the Rococo... Michelangelo & Will Eisner March 6 Born 400 years apart, these two masters share a birthday: March 6th. Let's buy a round for these... Howard Pyle: birthday boy! March 5 Give it up for Howard Pyle, one of the ultimate great American illustrators. He was born on March 5, 1853 in... Happy Birthday Honoré Daumier! February 26 The great French artist, illustrator and social commentator Honoré Daumier was born today, Feb. 26, 1808.... Happy Birthday Paul O. Zelinsky February 14 Gosh, Paul O. Zelinsky is an impressive illustrator of children's books. Today's his birthday AND it's Valentine's Day.... Norman Rockwell February 3 Today is the birthday of Norman Rockwell. What ya gonna do about it?!  Here's my birthday blurb:"I don't... Happy Birthday to Leon Golub January 23 There are three art birthdays today that I know of:• Leon Golub• Georg Baselitz• Édouard... Raymond Briggs January 18 Today is the birthday of Raymond Briggs. He is maybe best known to us in the States for his children's book: The... John Singer Sargent... January 12 This completely awesome artist was born today, Jan. 12, 1856. Take a moment and consider how puny and talentless you... Happy Birthday to Tintin January 10 Tintin first appeared in print in Le Petit Vingtième on January 10, 1929. The first Tintin book was... Birthday boys: Pavel Filonov & Elvis Presley January 8 We all know that it's Elvis's birthday today. But are you familiar with Pavel Filonov? Pavel Filonov was a Russian... Happy Birthday Gustave Dore January 6 Today is the birthday of Gustave Doré. He is famous for his illustrations for The Bible, The Rhyme of The... Happpy Birthday to Henri Matisse! December 31 We close the year in happy recognition of the life of Henri Matisse. Who hasn't in some way been affected by his... Happy Birthday to Joseph Cornell! December 24 Today we acknowledge the birthday of the last great American vernacular Surrealist (and Constructivist) artist, Joseph... Happy Birthday: Jean-Michel Basquiat December 22 Well boys and girls, join me is wishing a "Happy Birthday!" greeting to Jean-Michel Basquiat. The painter... More birthdays…! December 15 Today, Dec. 15th is shared by a couple of  heavyweights:  Friedenreich Hundertwasser & Ray Eames Happy Birthday Lois Ehlert! November 9 I never get tired of reading books illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Her use of colors and shapes is bold, unexpected and... Happy Birthday Robert Mapplethorpe! November 4 It sure seems weird wishing "Happy Birthday" to a Larger-than-Life dead artist of Robert Mapplethorpe's... Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin November 3 Yesterday, Nov. 2, was the birthday of the great French painter Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin (1699). Please look... Happy Birthday to Hello Kitty! November 1 All Hail the Queen of Cute, The Empress of Desire… Hello Kitty!Hello Kitty was born this day in 1974. Some... Happy Birthday Pablo! October 25 Today is Picasso's birthday: he was born on October 25, 1881.Here's my little testimony:"Picasso: It’s... Oct. 19: Happy Birthday Ed Emberley! October 19 Oct. 19th is Ed Emberley's birthday.Ed Emberley is the author, designer, illustrator of an influential series of... Happy Birthday to Maya Lin! October 5 Today is the birthday of one of my greatest heroes: Maya Lin.I suppose that the Culture Wars are part of our human DNA... Happy Birthday Caspar David Friedrich! September 5 Today is the birthday of Caspar David Friedrich. He was born in  Sweden (later Germany) in 1774. He would easily... George Herriman: Happy Birthday! August 22 Bow your heads guys and gals and observe the day that George Herriman entered the world (August 22, 1880).I have... Happy Birthday: Jean Dubuffet July 31 Today is the birthday of Jean Dubuffet the wine merchant turned artist who coined the term "Art Brut".... Dr. Syntax July 14 In honor of Thomas Rowlandson's birthday (July 14, 1756) have a look at  "The Tour of Doctor Syntax, in... Philip Guston June 27 Today is Philip Guston's birthday.He would be 103 (!) years old. Sounds ancient for having produced work that sends...