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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Famous works of art that were destroyed by criminals
Works of art always attract attention. The creations of the great masters of the past, in addition to their beauty, also possess quite material attractiveness for the criminal world. Criminals…

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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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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

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

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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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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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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Who were the humble and horny who inspired and posed for Gustav Klimt
In the life of the famous Austrian artist, there were hundreds of women: the rich wives of the Viennese elite and the poor prostitutes, friends for many years and random.…

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