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…

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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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Romance with nude notes and historical motifs in fabulous paintings by a Siberian artist

The spectator, having first encountered the works of the Siberian artist Vladimir Rasputin, invariably feels tremendous emotions and sincere admiration for the fabulously romantic images and original manner of writing. The peculiar decorativeness of his painting, based on broad brush strokes outlined in a dark contour, creates the effect of not that stained glass, or mosaic, or murals. And at the same time, for all that, the artist seems to create brush stories on canvas, giving them a tremendous sense of meaning. 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,” 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

As the sons of the Austrian artist Carl von Blaas became famous portrait painters of their time

Contrary to the well-known concept that “nature is resting on children of geniuses”, the world history of art still knows many artists’ dynasties, which transferred a divine gift from father to children and grandchildren. This fully affected the descendants of the famous Austrian painter Carl von Blaas, who gave the world two sons – talented portrait painters.

Karl von Blaas – (1815-1894)
Karl von Blaas (Karl von Blaas) was born in Austria in a family of impoverished nobles. Very early showed his talent for drawing, which was welcomed by his uncle through the mother. Continue reading

Expressive "broken" portraits with a palette knife, painted from photographs
Francoise Nielly (Francoise Nielly) is a native French woman from Marseille who is tired of simple and simple subjects, standard solutions in the field of photography. That is why it…

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Expressive "broken" portraits with a palette knife, painted from photographs
Francoise Nielly (Francoise Nielly) is a native French woman from Marseille who is tired of simple and simple subjects, standard solutions in the field of photography. That is why it…

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Emotionally realistic watercolors of Steve Hanks, from which my heart becomes warmer
In recent years, contemporary artists more and more often turn to watercolors, the most complex painting technique, and discover its amazing possibilities more widely and more deeply. And despite the…

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Who served as prototypes for the "strange picture" of the brilliant Italian
During the life of Titian Vecellio da Cadore was awarded the title of "King of painters and painters of kings" by his contemporaries. He was considered the best portrait painter…

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