Thomas Nast and the Santa Claus We Know Today


by Cynthia Shut

Santa’s Portrait (over), a color illustration by the famous German born American political cartoonist Thomas Nast, appeared in an 1881 version of Harper’s Magazine. It is credited with remaining the very first impression to set up

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The banal spectacle of buying a Beckmann

Max Beckmann’s Selbstbildnis gelb-rosa (Self-portrait yellow-pink), 1943, was sold at Grisebach in Berlin on Thursday.* Photo: Urban Zintel.

IT TOOK TWO MINUTES and forty-eight seconds to settle on twenty million euros as the hammer price of the most expensive artwork

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