"Unequal marriage" almost destroyed the friendship
“She exchanged me for a rich manufacturer!” - sobbing, explaining the reason for parting with her beloved Sophia Rybnikova, friend of the young artist Vasily Pukirev, merchant Sergey Varentsov. And…

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Avant-garde and socialist realism
Avant-gardism, developed in the literature by Vladimir Mayakovsky and Velimir Khlebnikov, since the 1910s has also spread powerfully in Russian painting. Back in the 1910s avant-gardism in Russia was fond…

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Graphics by Alexander Deineka 1920s-40s
Alexander Deineka entered the history of national art primarily as the author of mosaic panels and large thematic paintings, as an enthusiastic admirer of every technique, earthly and heavenly, as…

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10 world famous works of art that were never finished

When composers, artists or writers begin work on their works, they are sure that they will complete the work. Otherwise, why? But not always their aspirations are justified. Sometimes it happens that works of art for various reasons remain unfinished. However, some of these unfinished works have become world famous and have enjoyed worldwide fame and popularity for more than one century.
1. “Saint Jerome” by Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci considered himself more an engineer than an artist. Perhaps that is why he has few finished paintings. For example, his painting “Saint Jerome”. Continue reading

What pictures of Russian classics were banned from showing

We are accustomed to associate censorship bans with forbidden books or films. But even in such a seemingly harmless genre of art as painting, artists could go against the ideological attitudes of power, because of which certain paintings were not accepted for display at public exhibitions. Several such stories happened in the Russian Empire, and they are connected not with some little-known artists, but with generally recognized masters of the brush.
One of the most famous Wanderers, Ilya Repin, by the 1880s, was an artist with great experience. Pavel Tretyakov bought his paintings, cultural figures posed for him – such as the writer Turgenev and the composer Musorgsky. In addition to portraits and a social theme (for example, “Barge Haulers on the Volga”), Repin was always interested in historical subjects. Continue reading

BEGINNING ENGRAVATIONS IN ENGLAND

Old English painting, English artists. Old engravings are always the pride of their owner, the decoration of any collection, the original, stylish part of the interior. If you want to furnish a house or a room in the English style, then antique engraving is absolutely necessary. The works of Dutch and German engravers are very good and found. But it is better to pay attention to the work of English artists. After all, what can harmonize with the interior in the English style better than the engraving of the old English master?
BEGINNING ENGRAVURES IN ENGLAND.
English school in engraving is much younger than Italian, German or Dutch. History of English prints, apparently, should be carried out from the end of the XV century. The first known engravings are placed in the book The Mirror of the World, published in 1480 at Westminster by the English pioneer William Kexton. The illustrations in the book are made in the technique of wood engraving. Continue reading

Explore Bosch: the hidden meanings of the "Garden of Earthly Delights"
Despite the great work of researchers, the fantasy world of this amazing artist has not yet been solved. "Melody, written on the boy's buttocks", apparently, not a very good name…

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Explore Bosch: the hidden meanings of the "Garden of Earthly Delights"
Despite the great work of researchers, the fantasy world of this amazing artist has not yet been solved. "Melody, written on the boy's buttocks", apparently, not a very good name…

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The mystery is revealed why Mona Lisa does not smile at everyone
Mona Lisa smiles? Smirks? Or just twisted her mouth? Maybe even contemptuously curled? Dr. Erika Siegel (Dr Erika Siegel) and colleagues from the University of California (University of California, San…

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