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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For what artist Ayami Kojima created the "aesthetics of vampires," and what came of it
Ominous corridors, eerie locks, skeletons and cracked skulls, and among them - with a bouquet of roses, porcelain skin and golden curls. But do not flatter yourself - these tender…

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Syrian artist paints delicate watercolor portraits of oriental beauties
Watercolor - something that is impossible to resist. Capricious and unpredictable, like a true woman, she knows exactly how to behave depending on your mood and situation. Today - light…

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his creative workshops

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

“The triumph of death”: What is the secret of Bruegel's painting, which has been shaking the minds and imagination of people for almost 500 years?
There are paintings in the history of painting that leave a deep imprint on a person’s entire life — it’s worth seeing at least once. Impressions of what he saw…

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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 to evaluate a portrait?
How to understand whether the order is well executed or not? Do you think that the criteria for evaluating a good portrait is only similarity with a person and smooth…

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How in the modern world fake antique art
The problem of fraud exists for millennia. George Vasari - the author of the famous "Lives of the most famous painters, sculptors and architects," spoke about the amazing case of…

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