Kiss of Madness: Passionate paintings by an artist who spent her whole life in a psychiatric clinic
Alois Korbats had dreamed of love all her life, but she was destined to be constantly monitored by doctors and ... world-wide fame, which was not at all interesting for…

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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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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…

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Stylish retro and subtle surre in the pictures

The brighter and more diverse the work, the more interesting it is. Following this rule, German artist Catherine Welz-Stein (Catrin Welz-Stein) combines incompatible things. Her works are an amazing symbiosis of children’s fairy tales, mysteriously mystical short stories, old illustrations, time-battered photographs and postcards found by chance somewhere in the attic, and, perhaps, at the flea market.

Apparently, Catherine decided not to adhere to a definite answer “yes” or “no” to a number of questions that often interest not only the viewer, but also the artist himself. Building on her own feelings, thoughts and fantasies, she creates surrealistic collages with a slight touch of retro-style, where the distinctive feature is faded, almost faded colors and characteristic faces with subtle lines.

But each time, thinking about something definite, the author delves into the ideas invented by people at the stage of denial, when it seems that it is not and vice versa. This is a unique game with one single move “may, cannot”, in which the prioritization is a waste of time.

What is reality? What we see daily, relying on our own vision and sensations? But, what if the world around is a figment, someone’s evil joke, a maze and a cell, where each of us was. And to go all the way, having found the way out, it is necessary to overcome many obstacles erected in one’s own head. Someone closes the door behind the past, and someone, still relying on bad experience, hides his heart in a small cozy cage, fencing off people and trying to fix and change something.

While some are lighting the stars in the sky to illuminate the travelers hundreds of roads, others are looking for a pier for their own ships, trying to throw the anchor deeper. So what is reality really and does it exist at all? Perhaps the answer to this question will not succeed for a long time. And in order not to speculate, the great creators came up with surrealism, thanks to which everyone sees what he wants to see, remembering that everything in this world is relative, like a shaky illusion woven from various images that flash before our eyes …
Human imagination knows no bounds, especially when it comes to creative personalities. For example, the photo artist Hadi Maliyni creates brilliant photos in the style of surrealism.

Pablo Picasso and his victims: An artist who could not love, but he artistically loved to torment
According to the accepted ideas, women need an artist to inspire: with her beauty, with a word of support, simply with the support of the rear. But the famous painter…

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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…

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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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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…

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