Happy Birthday Constantin Guys!! French illustrator and watercolorist (born in the Netherlands) Constantin Guys dubbed "the painter of modern life" was born today in 1802. He recorded European wars and fashion of the 19th century. After running away and serving in the War of Independence in Greece and later a member of a French dragoon regiment across Europe and Asia, Guys began his art career at age 42, recording various wars and European life. He worked from memory rather than going to the source. Guys did not exhibit his work and lived in virtual isolation and poverty. Few realized his talent outside his circle of friends and admirers. Sadly his legs were crushed when he was run over by a taxi and he spent his last 6 years cared for in a hospice.