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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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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Painting of Gustav Klimt: Modern with nudes, Hitler's help and the journey of “Golden Adele”
Pictures of Gustav Klimt, written more than a hundred years ago and relating to a long past cultural era, are interesting and modern connoisseur of painting. Is this caused by…

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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

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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“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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How in the modern world fake antique art
The problem of fraud exists for millennia. George Vasari - the author of the famous "Lives of the most famous painters, sculptors and architects," spoke about the amazing case of…

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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…

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