Mystical paintings and sculptures where fiction intertwines with reality: Josephine wall
For several decades, the work of the Englishwoman Josephine wall – the most popular modern artist in the world-has fascinated and inspired fans of her work, called the Art of…

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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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How the artist Francisco Goya turned the art world around: "the First of modern»
For innovations in the technique of paintings, obsessive satire of his work and personal belief that the artist's vision is more important than tradition, Goya is often called "the first…

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Who are the Nazarenes, and why they were considered the most mysterious movement of artists in the name of spirituality

A group of retired art Academies in Vienna occupy an abandoned building in Rome and gain a reputation for their non-standard artistic innovations and unusual appearance (mantle, sandals and long hair). They are now known as the”Nazarenes”. How did the innovative movement try to change the course of art history?
History of the fraternity

In 1809, disillusioned with the teaching methods of the Academy of fine arts in Vienna and the General state of German art, the German artist Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld organized together with his fellow artists a unified movement, the main goal of which was to revive the energetic and spiritual content in the religious genre of art. The Nazarenes believed that all art should serve a moral or religious purpose. Continue reading

Why the picture “Unequal marriage” made a lot of noise, and how it changed society

The audience was delighted with this picture. For this work, the Imperial Academy of arts in St. Petersburg awarded the author the title of Professor (1863), critics perceived this as a victory of new trends in art over the old, but the elderly suitors, who at that time were more than enough, had a difficult time.
Theme of the picture

After the appearance of the painting “Unequal marriage” at the academic exhibition (1862), all Russia began to talk about the artist Pukirev. He began his career with the creation of a masterpiece of Russian realistic art, and later he was not able to create a work that was superior or even equal to the masterpiece “Unequal marriage”. Continue reading

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

The owner of an old castle painted its walls with fairy-tale flowers: Claire Basler
Who wouldn't want to live in a beautiful fairy-tale castle? French artist Claire Basler managed to make her dream come true. When Claire and her husband bought a dilapidated old…

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Russian portrait artist and US President: how was the "Unfinished portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt written»
Elizabeth Shumatova was a Russian-American artist who created numerous portraits of influential American and European figures throughout the twentieth century. But she is best known for painting an unfinished portrait…

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How a practical solution for protecting against drafts turned into an expensive work of art: Tapestry
Tapestries, or rather tapestries, were created because they allowed you to protect yourself from cold and draughts. But this purely practical purpose does not explain the essence of the trellis,…

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Why is the consummate Diego Velasquez called " the artist of Truth»
The significance of his art in the development of world painting is invaluable, and his creative heritage served as a source of inspiration for the outstanding French masters of the…

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