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December 6, 2010 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 6 December

On the 6th of December –
Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin was born, Gynnar Myrdal was born; bogus restoration of ‘Who’s afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue’ was dicovered

Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, father of the modern illusionist tradition, was born in 1805. The album below gives some drawings of his spectacular feats of magic.
Album des soirées fantastiques de Robert-Houdin au Palais-Royal : tome premier / [signé : Robert-Houdin]

Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish Nobel-Prize winning economist and sociologist, was born in 1898 in Gustafs, Sweden.
Alva och Gunnar Myrdal i arbetsrum.

The painting ‘Who’s afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue’ by Barnett Newman was damaged and then restored. On 6 December 1986 (?) it was dicovered that the ‘restorer’ of the painting used a paint roller to fill in the red, thereby destroying the apparently delicate brushwork. Three Dutch artists then sued both the museum and the restorer for the destruction of the painting.
Kort geding van drie kunstenaars tegen het vernielen schilderij van Barnett Newman (...); Toon Verhoeff, Carel Visser en Jan Dibbets tijdens het kort geding

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