training under leading Heidelberg School painter, Frederick McCubbin,
she travelled to Europe in 1907 and studied in both London and Paris.
Visiting Tangiers in 1912, she was one of the first Australians to paint
post-impressionist landscapes and was made a member of the Société des
Peintres Orientalistes Français. During World War I, she met and
married Major George Nicholas; she spent only three days with him before
he returned to duty and was killed on the Western Front. Returning to
Australia, she held an exhibition of over a hundred works in Melbourne's
Guild Hall. Many sold, including In Picardy, purchased by the National
Gallery of Victoria. Spending the mid-1920s in Europe, she enjoyed
significant success and was made an Associate of the Société Nationale
des Beaux-Arts. In 1926, Rix Nicholas returned again to Australia. A
staunch critic of modernism, she disdained emerging artists such as
Russell Drysdale and William Dobell. She fell out of step with
Australian art and her last solo show was in 1947. Her works, which
portray an Australian pastoral ideal, are held in most major Australian
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilda_Rix_Nicholas>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the religious text of Sikhism, was
installed at Harmandir Sahib.
German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding discovered one of the
largest main belt asteroids, naming it Juno after the Roman goddess.
The passenger pigeon, which once had a population of at least
3 billion birds, became extinct, when the last individual died in
Ahmet Zogu, President of the Albanian Republic, declared the
country was now a constitutional monarchy and himself king with the
regnal name Zog I.
American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer became the 11th World
Chess Champion when he defeated Russian Boris Spassky in a match that
was widely publicized as a Cold War confrontation.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(informal) The period of time for which one wears a diaper as a child;
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination.
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