Esoteric surrealism in mysterious fiction paintings that help to look into
It is no secret to anyone that human nature is mysterious, and can manifest itself both from the light and from the dark side. Therefore, it is very difficult to…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

Syrian artist paints delicate watercolor portraits of oriental beauties
Watercolor - something that is impossible to resist. Capricious and unpredictable, like a true woman, she knows exactly how to behave depending on your mood and situation. Today - light…

Continue reading →

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, the artist is required to have an immense sense of patience and love for them. These qualities were abound in the French artist of the mid-19th century – Emile Mounier, who was considered the best painter of his time, who devoted himself entirely to this genre. And his attitude to his barefoot heroes, causing delight and affection from the public – not at all banal sentimentalism, but the personal drama of the artist.

So in life it turned out that being the son of workers who worked in the factory for the production of tapestries, Emile Mounier was forced to follow in the footsteps of his parents. But the dreams of a gifted young man were completely different profession. So, while working in manufacturing, he began to attend courses in drawing, painting, anatomy and chemistry. And Emil was especially fascinated by academic painting, namely the work of his contemporary – William Adolf Bouguereau. The young man became a great admirer of the master, whose name throughout the 19th century stood on the first step in the history of French art.

So, working in a factory and studying in the evenings, Emil became the entree to the home of the painting professor Abel Lucas, where he met his daughter Henrietta. And soon the young artist, without a memory of falling in love, took the girl for a wife. However, the happiness of the young couple turned out to be fleeting – a few weeks after giving birth, Henrietta dies from the illness, leaving the newborn son in her husband’s arms. A heavy burden fell on the shoulders of Emil, the loss of his beloved. And he devoted his whole life to his firstborn, Henri, who looked so much like his mother and served as a living reminder of her.

It is Henri in his childhood years will be the main model for the paintings of his father. With him he will write many images of cute barefoot kids, which to this day affect the living of the modern viewer.

After the death of Henrietta, Emil leaves the factory. And fully immersed in creativity, begins to give painting lessons on courses for beginners. Once Mune was lucky to meet his idol and inspirer – William Bouguereau, and he invited a talented aspiring artist to his disciples. And over time, a strong friendship developed between the artists.

And by the age of 29, Mounier became a popular artist of the capital, the owner of three medals de Beaux-Arts, successfully exhibited in the Paris salon. The artist’s contemporaries were often called “the most inspirational singer of France’s barefoot,” as if hinting at his passion for plot portraits of cute barefoot children, cute kittens, dogs, and goats.

So, until the end of his life, the artist wrote subject canvases – touching and tender, radiating warmth and kindness with images of toddlers and teenagers, girls and young mothers. He regretted his whole life that he could not feel the minutes of happy motherhood by his wife, and his only son was deprived of maternal affection.

The work of Emile Mounier was highly valued, even during his lifetime, many European connoisseurs of painting were interested in him, but most of his works were acquired and exported to America by the collector Chapman. Currently these canvases are kept in the New Orleans Art Museum.

In continuation of the theme of the story of the French artist salon academism Adolf Bouguero – mentor, teacher and close friend of Emile Mounier.

Painting in games
You rush headlong through the corridors with a shotgun at the ready - and do not pay attention that the blood of defeated enemies splashes on the reproduction of Vermeer,…

...

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…

...

Fascinating pictures of Armenians in love with the Russian north
An artist with an exotic Russian ear named Janna Tutunjan was born in the heart of Russia - in Moscow in the autumn of 1931. No one could have imagined…

...

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…

...