"Dan Robbins, Who Made Painting as Easy as 1-2-3 (and 4-5-6), Dies at 93," Obituary, The New York Times
, by Katharine Q. Seelye, April 5, 2019
Dan Robbins was no Leonardo da Vinci. But he copied one of the master’s basic techniques and thereby enabled children to grow up believing that they, too, could paint The Last Supper.
Mr. Robbins, a package designer who died on Monday at 93, helped to conceive what became known as paint by numbers. He copied the idea from Leonardo, who numbered the objects in the background of his paintings and had his apprentices paint them with designated colors.
With paint-by-numbers kits, young baby
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