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Sergey Zaryanko and his “living” portraits: As a boy from the serfs, became the favorite artist of the royal family
The nineteenth century was truly golden in the art of Russia – not least because talented artists were valued and supported – both in the halls of educational institutions and in the halls of palaces. The history of the work of Sergey Zaryanko, who was able to revive the canvas and immortalize his model – is proof of this. However, if you do not take into account the brilliant career of the painter, his fate can not be called either simple or happy.
From serfs to artists
Sergei Konstantinovich Zaryanko (Sergei Zaranka – as his name sounds in Belarusian) was born in 1818 into a serf family belonging to Prince Lyubomirsky. Continue reading
As a favorite artist of Stalin, Alexander Gerasimov secretly painted pictures in the genre of “nude”
The name of the legendary artist Alexander Gerasimov, who lived and worked at a time when socialist realism dominated art, and to this day has caused heated debates among critics and art critics. Many consider him a court artist, who wrote in favor of the government, in which there is a significant element of truth. But there are facts with which you can not argue … In essence, the Impressionist Gerasimov remained a subtle painter throughout his life, excellently writing still lifes, flowers, lyrical sketches, and also pictures in the style of “nude”.
Indeed, Alexander Mikhailovich gained particular popularity and fame as a portrait painter at the dawn of Soviet power. Continue reading
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