But it was not destiny
Winter on the Russian land is a magical and unusual season. Summer time is on all continents and it will not surprise anyone, but the real winter with strong frosts and huge snowdrifts is not given to everyone. And whoever as artists are able to express the charm of this wonderful time on their canvases. As the classics of the domestic landscape genre never passed by the splendor of winter beauty, so our contemporaries enthusiastically glorify the Russian beauty-winter. A delightful collection of works by the remarkable landscape painter Dmitry Levin is a clear confirmation of this. Continue reading
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,” and contemporaries added the epithet “brilliant” to the master’s name. He received world fame, and his fabulous fees were a constant topic for discussion in society. One of the artist’s favorite themes were Russian women. In this review – their beauty and luxury of folk costumes in a series of portraits of the great painter. Continue reading
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 in the halls of palaces. The history of the work of Sergey Zaryanko, who was able to revive the canvas and immortalize his model – is proof of this. However, if you do not take into account the brilliant career of the painter, his fate can not be called either simple or happy.
From serfs to artists
Sergei Konstantinovich Zaryanko (Sergei Zaranka – as his name sounds in Belarusian) was born in 1818 into a serf family belonging to Prince Lyubomirsky. Continue reading