Category Archives: Anecdotes

David Bruce: The Coolest People in Art — Money

Money • Garry Trudeau became an adult in the 1960s. He says, “It was the cauldron, the late 60s, when I began to think as an adult. All hell was taking place, the Black Panthers were on trial, students were shot … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Art — Mishaps, Models

Mishaps • Impressionist painter Edgar Degas was a perfectionist. Once he sold a painting, then took it back so he could improve it. The art collector who had bought the painting never got it back. Unfortunately, in attempting to improve the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Art — Mishaps

Mishaps • Many of Alexander Rodchenko’s 3D sculptures are replicas because he and his wife were forced to burn the originals during a very cold winter in 1943 in Moscow. According to Alexander Lavrentiev, his grandson, “They had a small iron … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Art — Media, Mishaps

Media • Pop artist Andy Warhol sometimes gave odd interviews. Once, an interviewer asked him, “Do you think Pop Art is — ?” Before the interviewer could finish the question, Mr. Warhol answered, “No.” When the interviewer tried again to ask … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Art — Husbands and Wives, Illnesses and Injuries, Language, Letters

Husbands and Wives • Most artists paint professional models, but Claude Monet used his wife, daughters, and friends as models. Why? His second wife, Alice, was jealous. When he announced that he wanted to paint a model, she told him, “The … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Art — Good Deeds, Husbands and Wives

Good Deeds • Fritz Leopold Hennig, a painter, was a German prisoner of war who was returned to Germany by way of Venice after the end of World War I. As a painter, he wanted desperately to see Venice, especially since … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Art — Gifts, Good Deeds

Gifts • Cellist Pablo Casals observed the 200thanniversary of Bach’s death by performing at the great Baroque cathedral in the Catalan town of Prades. African-American artist Ashley Bryan attended some rehearsals, and he drew the musicians there and attended the first … Continue reading

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