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 rise and fall of Orestes Kiprensky: For what the author of the best portrait of Pushkin was stoned and who saved him
Orest Kiprensky gladly accepted in the homes of nobles, not only in Russia, but also in France and Italy. His talent was recognized in Europe and nothing seemed to hinder…

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Roman Romanov - an artist who makes nature come to life on his canvases
The Siberian land has raised a lot of generations of artists, who for more than one century have glorified this wonderful land in their works. Where, as in Siberia, in…

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How talented women, worthy places in history, remained in the shadow of their men

There is a myth that artists do not get along with artists and therefore marry only mere mortals. But there are many couples in which more or less equally known as artists are both husband and wife, such as the Delone spouses, or in which the artist and artist coexisted happily, like the Serebryakovs or Mavrina and Kuzmin. However, it also happens that a woman succeeds in becoming famous as an artist only after escaping from the shadow of her man … Or that her talent is discovered much later, while studying the biography of a man. Continue reading

For what artist Ayami Kojima created the “aesthetics of vampires,” and what came of it

Ominous corridors, eerie locks, skeletons and cracked skulls, and among them – with a bouquet of roses, porcelain skin and golden curls. But do not flatter yourself – these tender lips hide sharp fangs … These are the characters of the artist Ayami Kojima, who changed the Japanese perception of vampires. World-wide fame brought her character design and art to the Castlevania game series.

Ayami Kojima is a brilliant self-taught artist. She began to work as a secretary, but to entertain herself and get away from the routine, she began to draw … and developed her own style and technique. Continue reading

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 metallic luster of paint. The effect is really amazing, something resembling a placer gems. Looking carefully at the picture plane, one can understand that there are no radiant colors on the canvas and there is no trace – just an extraordinary technique and a unique handwriting of the painter, subject to the flow of energy and the pulsation of light. Continue reading

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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The personal drama of the French artist Emile Mounier, which inspired him to paint children's portraits
There are not so many painters in the world history of art who dedicated their work to children's portraits. For, in order to capture the lovely mischievous and immediate children,…

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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.…

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Magic in a box with pencils: Anna Yvonne Gilbert's fabulous illustrations
Beautiful princesses and mysterious princes, Santa Claus and his wife, horses with flowing manes, swans in golden crowns ... and all this - with colored pencils! In this cozy, sophisticated…

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