Hungarian musician Franz Liszt died
   2006-07-31 11:01:21

Thought for Today:

The most interesting part of my life is of no concern to the public.--Winslow Homer

Today's Highlight in History:

1886: Hungarian composer and pianist Franz Liszt died on July 31st at the age of 75. His piano compositions include works such as his Piano Sonata in B minor, and two piano concertos, which have entered the standard repertoire. He also made many exuberant piano transcriptions of operas, famous symphonies, Paganini Caprices, and Schubert Lieder. Liszt studied and played at Vienna and Paris and for most of his early adulthood toured throughout Europe giving concerts. His music is well loved in part because of its melodic and emotional harmonies.

1910:American painter Winslow Homer died on July 31st at the age of 74. Homer was born in Boston, where he later worked as a lithographer and illustrator. In 1861 he was sent to the Civil War battlefront as correspondent for Harper's Weekly, his work winning international acclaim. Many of his studies of everyday life, such as Snap the Whip, date from the postwar period, during which he was a popular magazine illustrator. In 1876, Homer abandoned illustration to devote himself to painting. He found his inspiration in the American scene. His most famous painting may be The Gulf Stream (1899), which shows a black man in a battered boat, who has survived a storm. After 1884 he lived the life of a recluse.
1910年7月31日,美国画家温斯洛·霍默去世,享年74岁。霍默出生于美国波士顿,之后做平版工人和插画作家。1861年,他被遣往内站前线,担任《哈勃周刊》的通讯记者,他的作品得到国际赞誉。他的很多作品都反映日常生活,例如描写战后时期的《抽鞭子》,当时他为一家流行的杂志作插图作家。1876年,霍默放弃插图工作,转而投身绘画。他在美国风景中找到了灵感。最著名的作品应该是1899年的《 湾流》,描画一位黑人驾驶破碎的船只在海浪中挣扎。1884年后他过着隐居的生活。


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