Artist Birthdays, July 28: MARCEL DUCHAMP, JIM DAVIS

 In Animation Art, Artist Birthdays

MARCEL DUCHAMP (July 28, 1887 – October 2, 1968)

  • Nationality: French
  • Field: Painting, sculpture
  • Art Movement: Dadaism, Surrealism, Cubism
  • ARTiFact: Was obsessed with the game of chess – a fascination which distressed his first wife so much that she glued his chess pieces to the board while he was asleep.
  • Artist Quote: “Art may be bad, good or indifferent, but, whatever adjective is used, we must call it art, and bad art is still art in the same way as a bad emotion is still an emotion.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Fountain, 1917.


JIM DAVIS (July 28, 1945 – )

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Cartooning
  • ARTiFact: His comic strip Garfield  – a character named after his grandfather James A. “Garfield” Davis and based on the 25 cats he grew up with on the family farm – made its debut in newspapers in 1978.
  • Artist Quote: “Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): The first Garfield comic, 1978.

Jim Davis. Garfield. © 1978 PAWS, INC. All Rights Reserved.

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