The rise and fall of Orestes Kiprensky: For what the author of the best portrait of Pushkin was stoned and who saved him
Orest Kiprensky gladly accepted in the homes of nobles, not only in Russia, but also in France and Italy. His talent was recognized in Europe and nothing seemed to hinder…

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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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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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Pimen Orlov: As an apprentice, the painter became a student of Briullov and one of the best European portrait painters

The history of Russian art knows many names of painters who came from the common people. One of these is the brilliant Russian portrait painter Pimen Nikitich Orlov, a native of the peasants, who, thanks to his perseverance and self-education, was able to enter the Imperial Academy of Arts, become the best student of Karl Bryullov, live all his life abroad and gain worldwide fame for himself and his fatherland.

Pimen Orlov (1812-1865) hails from a deaf farm in the Voronezh province. The father of the gifted boy was a miller, and he had to earn his living by hard labor for his life. Continue reading

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 her. In her strange drawings there is the gushing joy of the life she was deprived of.

The “art of outsiders” is created outside the walls of academies and art workshops, but often in the dungeons of clinics and prisons, generated by silence, isolation, suffering, or loss of connection with reality. Continue reading

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 been focused on the human face since 2010, I realized that this strange attraction was caused by the awareness of the compositions of the great composer, who dedicated a number of works to his “friends inside”. Analyzing these orchestral works, I realized one simple thing that their influence leaked into my paintings, ”says contemporary artist Colin Davidson, who painted the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and many other well-known personalities. 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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Photo Requirements for Portrait Ordering
It is the search for photos that should be taken very seriously, because the quality of the portrait will depend on them. It so happens that the customer requests a…

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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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Fakes in Russia and the USSR: How were collectors and famous museums selling fakes
Collectors and investors with big money for decades have held a high level of demand for works of art. Not far behind them, and museums, buying all new masterpieces from…

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