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…

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What does Kustodiev's "merchant's wife at tea" hide: a Revolutionary Manifesto or a reflection of the artist's personal tragedy
One of Boris Kustodiev's favorite characters is the merchant's wife. The artist wrote a lot of them and in different interpretations. His most famous merchant's wife, Boris Kustodiev wrote with…

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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…

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7 masterpieces of the Hermitage that are worth seeing in 2020

Scientists have long proved that art has a beneficial effect on human health, reducing the level of anxiety and stress in the body. This is especially true of fine art and contemplation of the beautiful. Therefore, in order for 2020 to be filled with a favorable state of body and spirit, it is worth visiting the Hermitage and seeing the most famous exhibitions of the Museum.

“The apostles Peter and Paul” by El Greco
El Greco is one of the most striking and original artists. A Greek by birth, he studied painting in Italy in the Studio of the great Titian. From his idol, he learned the oil technique, and was also inspired by the artistic techniques of Italian mannerism. El Greco stood out among his colleagues by the originality of his dramatically expressive style. Continue reading

Hitler’s favorite artist and master of symbolism: Arnold Becklin, who inspired great minds to create masterpieces

One of Adolf Hitler’s favorite masters of painting. The artist who inspired Rachmaninova on the creation of a masterpiece. The great symbolist of the XIX century, who created the unsurpassed “Island of the dead” in 5 versions. This is Arnold Becklin, a Swiss-born artist who rejected the naturalistic tendencies of his time and created a new symbolic mythological direction.
Arnold Becklin (October 16, 1827-January 16, 1901) was an artist whose landscapes and sinister allegories greatly influenced German artists of the late nineteenth century and foreshadowed the symbolism of the twentieth century. Continue reading

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 for the past time. The popular picture not only glorified the artist, but also “fed”almost all of his life.

Vasily Maximov was born in a peasant family, and until the age of ten he grew up in the village. The future artist was surrounded by centuries-old traditional way of life of peasants, well-established ceremonies of weddings and rural holidays, huts with beautiful carvings and folk costumes with hand embroidery. The artist grew up in the thick and beauty of Russian nature. Continue reading

As a master from St. Petersburg became a court artist of the English Queen and painted the best portrait of her
The ceremonial portrait of Elizabeth II, painted by Sergei Pavlenko, is considered the best even by the Queen herself. The same portrait is reproduced on commemorative collector's stamps of the…

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Riddles "Pilgrimage to the island of Kythira" Watteau: Why the artist renamed the painting
On Saturday, August 28, 1717, Antoine Watteau presented a painting for which he was admitted to the French Academy. The canvas depicting a gallant celebration quickly received the approval of…

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Why the British monarch's court artist painted only by candlelight: Samuel Cooper
Samuel Cooper is an English artist and the best miniature master of his time, who became famous not only for his worthy court service to king Charles II, but also…

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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…

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