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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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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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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How passion flared up around the scandalous paintings of Francisco Goya

Surprisingly, the paintings of the famous Spanish artist, painted at the turn of the enlightened XVIII and XIX century gold, became the causes of scandals until the liberated XX. Despite the fact that the nude style in art is a tradition and it seems that it should not shock anyone, it is these works that became “markers” that showed that society is ready to see naked goddesses in pictures, but it is completely different about the image of real beauty, earthly women. 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. Continue reading

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 portrait of good quality, but at the same time provides photos with poor sharpness. No matter how experienced the master is, and no matter how good the artist is, if the photo is bad, the quality of the portrait will be appropriate. Judge for yourself … The artist has never in his life seen the person being portrayed, and the master needs to create a portrait to order from the photo. All that the creator has is a photograph of the customer, and he doesn’t know what the portrait looks like. It does not matter whether you want a portrait to order with a cheap pencil or a portrait with oil paints, the quality of the photo should be perfect. Continue reading

How passion flared up around the scandalous paintings of Francisco Goya
Surprisingly, the paintings of the famous Spanish artist, painted at the turn of the enlightened XVIII and XIX century gold, became the causes of scandals until the liberated XX. Despite…

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As the famous "Beatle" Paul McCartney became an artist, and who is the main character of his paintings
The phrase that a talented person is talented in everything, anyway, fully relates to the personality of the 76-year-old Briton Sir Paul McCartney, the famous musician of the legendary Beatles…

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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…

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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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