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…

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How the "Holy family" was depicted by famous painters of the 17th and 18th centuries
The Christmas theme in the painting of the XVII-XVIII centuries was very relevant. This is partly due to the period after the Renaissance (when artistic talents manifested themselves in a…

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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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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

How one of the richest artists of the XIX century almost ruined the reputation of his own grandson: "Soap bubbles" millet
"Soap bubbles" is a painting by John Everett millet, written in 1886, which became famous for its use in advertising soap. Unremarkable at first glance, the picture hides deep philosophical…

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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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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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How the world's most famous paintings were created: Intriguing stories of paintings by great artists
Gregory Landau, a journalist and philosopher, once said: "Art is a dialogue in which the interlocutor is silent." Painting is a subtle art, allegorical, emotional, giving freedom in interpretation. This…

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