There is absolutely no one who looks at the works of Goya would remain indifferent or at least not surprised by what he saw. But not everyone will even dare to look at these frescoes. “Black painting” by Francisco Goya was created more than 200 years ago, but still impresses with its fantasticism and horror.
“Black painting” (Spanish: Pinturas negras) is the name of a cycle of 14 frescoes by Francisco Goya, executed on the wall of his house. The artist painted these wall murals between 1819 and 1823. They describe heavy psychological themes that reflect his insanity and dark view of humanity. None of the frescoes were named by Goya himself; art historians independently provided them with names and their own interpretations of each work. Continue reading
Captivating, sentimental, romantic, sensual, graceful, magical, fabulous, divine, incomprehensible, mysterious, charming, mysterious… and this is not the entire list of epithets that can be said about the heroines of paintings by the Moscow artist Vladimir Mukhin. Only an inspired male artist could see and so masterfully create in color all the above-mentioned qualities of the women portrayed.
The theme of women in painting is an eternal burning theme. The feminine principle and sensuality, tenderness and awe, sung by masters of different eras, do not leave indifferent the present. This is confirmed by a huge number of virtual galleries, author’s sites, and blogs hosted on the world wide web. Continue reading
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