Pimen Orlov: As an apprentice, the painter became a student of Briullov and one of the best European portrait painters
The history of Russian art knows many names of painters who came from the common people. One of these is the brilliant Russian portrait painter Pimen Nikitich Orlov, a native…

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“Nu” in Soviet style: How many are asked today for the social realism of Alexander Deineka on the global art market?
After the teleconference in 1986, Leningrad - Boston, the whole world is finding out that there is nothing forbidden in the USSR, what happens between a man and a woman,…

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Like an ordinary 40-watt light bulb changed the life of the artist Alexander Maranov
The one who sees these amazing creations of the artist Alexander Maranov for the first time, probably immediately got the idea: the master uses some kind of super new sparkling…

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Pablo Picasso and his victims: An artist who could not love, but he artistically loved to torment

According to the accepted ideas, women need an artist to inspire: with her beauty, with a word of support, simply with the support of the rear. But the famous painter Pablo Picasso was looking for inspiration in completely different things. If a woman became a muse to him, one could immediately say that she was not lucky.

Here are two artist’s confessions, which immediately shed light on the properties of his nature and on his relationship to his “muses”. “I think I will die, never loving anyone,” he confessed once, and in another he said: “Every time I change a woman, I have to burn the one that was last. So I get rid of them. Continue reading

What is the secret of Russian beauties in the portraits of Konstantin Makovsky

Konstantin Makovsky was one of the most fashionable and, as they would say now, “sought-after” artists of the XIX – early XX century. Emperor Alexander II called him “my painter,” and contemporaries added the epithet “brilliant” to the master’s name. He received world fame, and his fabulous fees were a constant topic for discussion in society. One of the artist’s favorite themes were Russian women. In this review – their beauty and luxury of folk costumes in a series of portraits of the great painter. Continue reading

How Viktor Vasnetsov in 25 years created 5 thousand square meters of church painting

Few people know that the well-known Russian artist Viktor Vasnetsov, who was shy by nature, who was famous for his “Heroes”, “Alyonushka”, “Vityaz at the Crossroads”, was a rather extraordinary person who caused ambiguous attitude of his contemporaries. Some prescribed him a nickname – “a clear sun”, others accused of “retrograde and obscurantism”, and modern art historians, having studied and appreciated the artist’s entire heritage, called him “the hero of Russian painting.” How else could one call a master who wrote many of the most grandiose canvases and created more than 5 thousand square meters of church painting. Continue reading

How to evaluate a portrait?
How to understand whether the order is well executed or not? Do you think that the criteria for evaluating a good portrait is only similarity with a person and smooth…

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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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What is the secret of Russian beauties in the portraits of Konstantin Makovsky
Konstantin Makovsky was one of the most fashionable and, as they would say now, “sought-after” artists of the XIX - early XX century. Emperor Alexander II called him “my painter,”…

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The artist from Australia creates bright portraits of girls, as if proving that everything is easier in the world than it seems.
Emma Uber (Emma Uber) has an incredible talent to paint faces, opening in front of our eyes the brightest canvases, which are full of wild colors: from yellow to red…

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