Painting Events in History

2015 Event - Two art works set world records at a Christie's auction in New York, with Pablo Picasso's painting 'Women of Algiers Version O' selling for $160 million and Alberto Giacometti's sculpture 'Pointing Man' selling for $141.3 million

2014 Event - A Van Gogh painting, 'Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies', sells for $61.8 million, exceeding its estimated worth of $50 million; the artist painted the work at his doctor's home shortly before his death

2014 Event - 'Nympheas', a painting in Claude Monet's 'Water Lilies' series, is auctioned today for a price of $54 million; this is only the second-highest price paid for a Monet - another painting in the series sold in 2008 for $80.3 million at auction

2013 Event - The painting, 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' by Sir Francis Bacon, sells for a record-high price of $142 million at Christie's auction in New York

2013 Event - The landscape painting, 'Sunset at Montmajour,' becomes the first full-sized Van Gogh painting to be confirmed since 1928; it is put on display at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum

2013 Event - In England, a man is arrested for charges related to the attack on 'The Hay Wain' painting, completed by artist John Constable in 1821; the work is considered one of England's greatest and most popular paintings

2013 Event - The famous painting, 'Liberty Leading the People' by Eugene Delacroix, commemorating the July Revolution of 1830 is vandalized while on loan to the Louvre-Lenz museum in Lens, France

2012 Event - Jan van Eyck is credited as the painter of 'The three mary's at the tomb' a painting from the 1430's held in a Rotterdam museum

2012 Event - After thousands protest Brett Murray's controversial painting 'The Spear', the gallery that exhibited his painting agrees to take the image of the artwork down from its website

2012 Event - A South African newspaper removes the controversial painting titled 'The Spear' by Brett Murray from its website

2012 Event - A painting by Francis Bacon sells at Christies for 21.3 million pounds; 'The Portrait of Henrietta Moraes' is the second most valuable post-war contemporary art sold at the auction house

2011 Event - A record $79 million auction price is paid for Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang's 1988 'Forever Lasting Love' three-panel oil painting

2011 Event - The most expensive painting ever auctioned, 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust', by Pablo Picasso, goes on display in London's Tate Gallery

2011 Event - A 450 year-old painting by Titian of the Madonna and Child sets a record at Sotheby's, selling for $16.9 million

1997 Event - Willem de Kooning painting, "Two Standing Women," sold for $4,182,500

1994 Death - Arthur Berry, playwright, artist, teacher, poet, studied, then taught at Burslem School of Art, absorbed by Stoke-on-Trent College of Art, which in 1971 became North Staffordshire Polytechnic, where he taught painting until 1985, dies at 69

1994 Event - Edvard Munchs painting "The Scream" recovered 3 months after stolen

1994 Event - Edvard Munch's painting "The Cry" stolen (in Oslo)

1988 Event - Nippon Airways announces that painting eyeballs on Jets cut bird collisions by 20%

1983 Event - Highest price paid for painting by a living artist 960,200 pounds - Miro

1983 Event - Tina Howe's "Painting Churches," premieres in New York City

1980 Event - Turner's painting "Juliet and Her Nurse" sells for $6.4 million

1974 Event - Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London

1973 Event - Jackson Pollocks painting "Blue Poles" sold for $2,000,000

1971 Event - John Vermeers painting "The liefdesbrief" stolen

1948 Birthday - Lin Onus, born in Melbourne, Australia, born William McLintock Onus, of Jiradjuri descent, artist, painter, sculptor, print maker, used Maningride rarrk cross-hatching-based painting style

1925 Birthday - Arthur Berry, born in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, England, playwright, artist, teacher, poet, studied, then taught at Burslem School of Art, absorbed by Stoke-on-Trent College of Art, which in 1971 became North Staffordshire Polytechnic, where he taught painting until 1985

1916 Event - Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting

1913 Event - French painting "Nude Descending a Staircase" displayed in New York City

1892 Death - John Banvard, painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), dies

1815 Birthday - John Banvard, New York City, painted worlds largest painting, 3 mile canvas

1783 Birthday - David Cox, English painter, Treatise on landscape painting

1559 Death - Kano Motonobu, Zen co-founder (Kano school of painting), dies at 83

1476 Birthday - Kano Motonobu, Kyoto Japan, co-founder, Kano school of painting