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Why a deaf-mute painter of the late middle Ages painted only winter landscapes: Hendrik Averkamp
Many readers often associate the noun "winter" with the adjective "Russian". Especially when it comes to painting, the names of Russian classical artists Ivan Shishkin, Boris Kustodiev, and Igor Grabar…

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Looking at the world through stained glass: an Israeli artist creates paintings in a unique technique
Each artist has their own concept of creativity. Someone is close to academic painting and classicism, and someone relies on primitivism or abstractionism, while others win the hearts of their…

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Secret meanings of the masterpiece fresco "Maestro" by Simone Martini, who was called the most famous artist of all time
A disciple of the great founder of the Renaissance Giotto and a favorite of Modigliani-Simone Martini embodied in his work the Sienese artistic principles, introduced many innovations in the art…

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A fulfilled prophecy in the life of Marc Chagall: Three women, one of whom is extraordinary

The whole life of Marc Chagall is one continuous flight. He flew in his work and moved from place to place, unable to overcome his wanderlust. He was still very young when the Gypsy prophesied him an extraordinary life and love for three women, but only one of them was to become special, and the other two – the most ordinary. However, the prediction about the end of the artist’s earthly journey in flight also came true.

Marc Chagall was extremely lucky: he met the most extraordinary woman in his youth, when he returned to Vitebsk from St. Petersburg, where he studied at the school of the society for the encouragement of artists, and also studied in the Studio of Govelia Seidenberg and took lessons from Lev Bakst. Continue reading

As in one picture about a little boy fit the cruelty and injustice of the world: “Savoyard” Perov

At the first glance at this picture, the most tender and sentimental feelings will surely arise. Especially this extinct and it’s too grown-up view of the boys… so I want to feel sorry for the little hero, be sure to help him and protect him from life’s misfortunes. Vasily Perov managed to create a compassionate plot of the picture that he wrote during his Paris trip.

Vasily Perov is the illegitimate son of the Tobolsk Prosecutor, a representative of the ancient Baltic noble family of Baron G. K. von Kridener (Krydener). Continue reading

Why did the Peredvizhniki disown the artist Bodarevsky and remove his paintings from the opening day

Peredvizhniki – a special caste of Russian artists who left behind a valuable legacy in the Treasury of world art. Who does not remember the names of the most prominent of them. But today I would like to remember the forgotten name of the Peredvizhnik, whom colleagues in the shop considered a complete stranger in their environment. And, if it were the will of some of them, to be a gifted portraitist Bodarevsky Nikolai Kornilievich expelled from the Association. For what he fell into disgrace to his colleagues and why they could not exclude the” negligent ” artist from their ranks-further, in the review. Continue reading

How a rebel artist became an academic and teacher of the Tsar’s children: Karl Lemoch

The year 1863 can be defined as a landmark for the future development of fine art in Russia. It all started with the”revolt of the fourteen.” Fourteen students of the historical class preferred the realistic style to the classical, propagandized direction of the Academy and left the walls of the institution. One of these artists was Carl Lemoch.

According to V. V. Stasov: “These young people were all extremely insufficient-it means that they were dependent from head to foot and obliged to tremble for their future, and yet, risking this future, they prefer to lose their reward and the prospect of traveling abroad, just not to perform what is repugnant to their artistic conscience.” And they all lost the gold medal… Continue reading

What secrets the author of the most expensive painting in the world kept: little-Known facts about Paul Cezanne

Post-impressionist French artist Paul Cezanne is known for his incredibly diverse style of painting, which strongly influenced the abstract art of the XX century. Cezanne is universally recognized as the father of modern art and is revered as the ancestor of Fauvism and the forerunner of the cubist style.

The works of the French post-impressionist artist Paul Cezanne formed a bridge between impressionism of the late XIX century and cubism of the early XX century. His skill in writing, tone, composition and color is very characteristic and recognizable all over the world. Continue reading

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Hidden meanings of a painting by an unknown artist of the middle Ages: "Musicians»
"Musicians" is one of the most famous works of the Master of female semi-figures, which hides the hidden secrets of an unknown painter. The pictured notes are particularly interesting. Who…

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Why a deaf-mute painter of the late middle Ages painted only winter landscapes: Hendrik Averkamp
Many readers often associate the noun "winter" with the adjective "Russian". Especially when it comes to painting, the names of Russian classical artists Ivan Shishkin, Boris Kustodiev, and Igor Grabar…

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As one picture fed the artist all his life: "Everything is in the past." Vasily Maximov
Maximov's painting "Everything in the past" was an exceptional success for the artist. The master wonderfully reflected the idea of the picture on the canvas - it is a longing…

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A special style of primitive works by the artist Gennady Shlykov, which cause a kind smile
Among art historians and art lovers, there has long been a debate about primitivism as a style in artistic creativity. This painting, which originated in the XIX century, causes a…

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