Fakes in Russia and the USSR: How were collectors and famous museums selling fakes
Collectors and investors with big money for decades have held a high level of demand for works of art. Not far behind them, and museums, buying all new masterpieces from…

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As the sons of the Austrian artist Carl von Blaas became famous portrait painters of their time
Contrary to the well-known concept that “nature is resting on children of geniuses”, the world history of art still knows many artists' dynasties, which transferred a divine gift from father…

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Russian folk crafts in a new way: The unique Mstera miniature of the Molodkins dynasty
People's craft in its various manifestations flourished for centuries in Russia, because the people's desire for beauty was always inexhaustible. And the secrets of mastery, handed down from generation to…

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Stylish retro and subtle surre in the pictures

The brighter and more diverse the work, the more interesting it is. Following this rule, German artist Catherine Welz-Stein (Catrin Welz-Stein) combines incompatible things. Her works are an amazing symbiosis of children’s fairy tales, mysteriously mystical short stories, old illustrations, time-battered photographs and postcards found by chance somewhere in the attic, and, perhaps, at the flea market.

Apparently, Catherine decided not to adhere to a definite answer “yes” or “no” to a number of questions that often interest not only the viewer, but also the artist himself. Continue reading

Because of what a brilliant Victorian artist Richard Dudd dealt with his father and got into the “yellow house”

This artist, and even more so the ancestor of the new style in art, is supposed to be a little crazy. Sometimes the outrage makes the master a real legend. However, history knows examples when the great masters of painting and graphics in the most literal sense of the word went crazy – even getting into institutions for the mentally ill, where their talent received a completely amazing embodiment.

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Romance with nude notes and historical motifs in fabulous paintings by a Siberian artist

The spectator, having first encountered the works of the Siberian artist Vladimir Rasputin, invariably feels tremendous emotions and sincere admiration for the fabulously romantic images and original manner of writing. The peculiar decorativeness of his painting, based on broad brush strokes outlined in a dark contour, creates the effect of not that stained glass, or mosaic, or murals. And at the same time, for all that, the artist seems to create brush stories on canvas, giving them a tremendous sense of meaning. Continue reading

Emotionally realistic watercolors of Steve Hanks, from which my heart becomes warmer
In recent years, contemporary artists more and more often turn to watercolors, the most complex painting technique, and discover its amazing possibilities more widely and more deeply. And despite the…

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Emotionally realistic watercolors of Steve Hanks, from which my heart becomes warmer
In recent years, contemporary artists more and more often turn to watercolors, the most complex painting technique, and discover its amazing possibilities more widely and more deeply. And despite the…

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Winter landscapes of Russian nature, which are transferred to the snow-covered fairy tale
Winter on the Russian land is a magical and unusual season. Summer time is on all continents and it will not surprise anyone, but the real winter with strong frosts…

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How Chinese artists went around at the Sotheby’s auction of Pablo Picasso himself
Over the past decades, China has rapidly burst into all spheres of human life. Fine art was no exception. So, in 2011, at the Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong, for…

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