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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A self-taught artist paints realistic landscapes of Russian nature that resemble pictures of the great Shishkin.
The fate of the artists at all times for the most part has always been filled with difficulties and sufferings, disfavor and rejection. But only true creators were able to…

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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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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 a variety of sources. Do not run out and supply streams fake “finds”. Even at a world-famous auction, you can become a “happy owner” of a fake. Russian craftsmen do not lag behind the world, using the laws of the market remarkably cleverly.

The history of Russian fakes works of art began before the revolution. Number of the first of those times was the “tiara of the king Saytaferna”, bought by the Louvre in 1895 for 200 thousand francs. Continue reading

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 person who caused ambiguous attitude of his contemporaries. Some prescribed him a nickname – “a clear sun”, others accused of “retrograde and obscurantism”, and modern art historians, having studied and appreciated the artist’s entire heritage, called him “the hero of Russian painting.” How else could one call a master who wrote many of the most grandiose canvases and created more than 5 thousand square meters of church painting. 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 presents its bright, unusual and full of emotions masterpieces to the whole world – pictures painted from photos using a palette knife.

Looking at such a riot of colors, a variety of impressions and emotions are created: someone will like it, while others simply twist their nose in annoyance, shielding their eyes from bright colors. Continue reading

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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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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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…

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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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