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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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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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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Pablo Picasso and his victims: An artist who could not love, but he artistically loved to torment

According to the accepted ideas, women need an artist to inspire: with her beauty, with a word of support, simply with the support of the rear. But the famous painter Pablo Picasso was looking for inspiration in completely different things. If a woman became a muse to him, one could immediately say that she was not lucky.

Here are two artist’s confessions, which immediately shed light on the properties of his nature and on his relationship to his “muses”. “I think I will die, never loving anyone,” he confessed once, and in another he said: “Every time I change a woman, I have to burn the one that was last. So I get rid of them. Continue reading

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 and art critics. Many consider him a court artist, who wrote in favor of the government, in which there is a significant element of truth. But there are facts with which you can not argue … In essence, the Impressionist Gerasimov remained a subtle painter throughout his life, excellently writing still lifes, flowers, lyrical sketches, and also pictures in the style of “nude”.

Indeed, Alexander Mikhailovich gained particular popularity and fame as a portrait painter at the dawn of Soviet power. Continue reading

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 own history, the study of which is like an exciting detective story. However, detectives, too, did not avoid the paintings from the museum. What role did Italian policemen play in the life of the gallery, why did Ivan Kramskoy cut the last lifetime portrait of Nikolay Nekrasov into pieces and how was Vrubel’s forever lost work?

Theft in Genoa
In 1991, the exhibition of the Tretyakov Gallery “Russian Art of the Time of Alexander II” was exhibited in Genoa. Continue reading

Fascinating pictures of Armenians in love with the Russian north
An artist with an exotic Russian ear named Janna Tutunjan was born in the heart of Russia - in Moscow in the autumn of 1931. No one could have imagined…

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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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How talented women, worthy places in history, remained in the shadow of their men
There is a myth that artists do not get along with artists and therefore marry only mere mortals. But there are many couples in which more or less equally known…

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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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