Did you know that Art was once an Olympic Sport...complete with a medal awards ceremony.
At the 1928 Olympic Art Competitions in Amsterdam, Jacoby won a gold medal for Rugby.
As the Olympic Games Beijing 2022 come to a close - we are reminded that at one time - Art was considered a medal sport! Art competitions formed part of the modern Olympic Games during its early years, from 1912 to 1948. Medals were awarded for works of art inspired by sport, divided into five categories: architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture. All of the entered works had to be inspired by sport and had to be original pieces. Like in the athletic events at the Olympics, gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to the highest ranked artists, although not all medals were awarded in each competition. At one time or another, there were suggestions to also include dancing, film, photography, or theatre, but none of these art forms was ever included in the Olympic Games as a medal event. However, breakdancing will be included in the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Vincent van Gogh Only Sold One Painting—On Record
Now widely regarded as one of art history’s greatest painters, Post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh didn’t experience the success he deserved. Instead, the artist only managed to sell one painting during his lifetime. Van Gogh officially sold one painting, “The Red Vineyard at Arles,” before committing suicide in 1890. This is backed by authenticated documentation that shows the painting was sold to fellow painter Anna Boch in early 1890.