“The triumph of death”: What is the secret of Bruegel's painting, which has been shaking the minds and imagination of people for almost 500 years?
There are paintings in the history of painting that leave a deep imprint on a person’s entire life — it’s worth seeing at least once. Impressions of what he saw…

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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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Riddles of the Tretyakov Gallery: What secrets hide paintings of Kramskoy and Vrubel
The unique collection of the museum has more than 180 thousand works of Russian art from different eras and styles. And behind each masterpiece of the Tretyakov Gallery is its…

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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.

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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Brad Pitt, Angela Merkel and other famous personalities in the paintings of the artist Her Royal Majesty
“Despite the fact that I managed to develop my own style, over time I became interested in Edward Elgar’s musical variations called Enigma. And since my own artistic practice has…

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Forbidden and permitted in Islamic painting: From exquisite miniatures of the past to modern “nude” -kartin
It has long been believed that in the countries of the Islamic world the image of living beings, including people, is forbidden by religion. Is it really? On the one…

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A self-taught artist paints realistic landscapes of Russian nature that resemble pictures of the great Shishkin.
The fate of the artists at all times for the most part has always been filled with difficulties and sufferings, disfavor and rejection. But only true creators were able to…

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