How photography completely changed the visual arts
Both painting and photography are forms of visual art that are designed to create images and visual symbols. The difference in the method of manufacture and creates some features. Painting…

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Artist Konstantin Andreevich Somov, Soviet painting
Konstantin Somov is one of the representatives of Russian symbolism. The development of the artist's style was largely influenced by his studies at the Paris-based Colorassi studio (1897–1899); it was…

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The most famous and popular painting styles
The modern Baroque is characterized by an abundance of ornaments and complexity of lines. Cubism is an avant-garde art movement that originated in the 20th century. thanks to Pablo Picasso,…

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5 most expensive paintings by Pablo Picasso

Picasso’s canvases rank first in “popularity” among the kidnappers and beat all records for sale at auctions. By the way, most recently, in May of this year, one of his paintings again headed the list of the most expensive works of art – it was sold for an unprecedented 179.3 million dollars!
Algerian women, 1955
Sold for $ 179.3 million. 05/11/2015
5 most expensive paintings by Pablo Picasso
Picasso created a series of paintings by ALGERIAN WOMEN based on the famous painting by Eugene Delacroix in 1834. Total – 15 variations, which are alphabetically listed as Version AO. In 1956, a year after writing, all of it for $ 212 thousand, bought Victor Ganz, a famous collector of modern art. Eleven works from a series of Algerian women were sold by Sally and Viktor Ghantsev during the latter’s life to museums and private hands, and the remaining four works, including the final Version O, were sold after the death of both Ghantsevs. Continue reading

The history of modern art of Russia, contemporary painting of Russia

Post-Soviet (modern) Russian painting
The variety of contrasts combines the face of modern art in Russia. The beginning of the 21st century is a kind of transitional moment in the history of art, when a process of rethinking the artistic heritage is taking place and lines for the further development of the visual arts are outlined. We live in a period when not only the life of the past generation gets rid of itself, but also as a result the spiritual component changes. People and their thoughts are going through a kind of renewal, and all this is the threshold of a new era. Continue reading

Socialist realism

Social realism as a way of perceiving reality and labor in an embellished form appeared in the USSR in the 1930s and was intended to replace the “bourgeois” art, which then belonged to everything that does not sing the “man of action.” Being ridiculed by Mikhail Bulgakov in The Master and Margarita, such an approach ordered the artist to relate to his art “according to workdays”: how many blessings he received, so much text he had to pass. In the same way as in the writers’ union (invented by Bulgakov MASSOLIT) “if you have a trip for a week, then the writer must pass the story, for two weeks – the story, and only for three weeks in the“ Swallow Nest ”in Crimea – and the whole novel can be” .
In alliance with the revolution?
Such unions, punishing and testing the activities of people of liberal professions were introduced in all areas. Thus, in the early 1930s, the People’s Commissar Lunacharsky devoted a series of articles in the Izvestia newspaper to new realism as a style in which writers and artists should strive to work. Continue reading

Secrets of famous paintings
Works of art often become particularly popular if they are legends about them or if they unexpectedly turn out to be not what they seem at first glance. "Kultura.RF" reveals…

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"The Last Supper": the story of the famous fresco by Leonardo da Vinci
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous images of the last meal of Jesus Christ with his disciples. He began work on it in…

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History of English watercolors, paintings by old masters
Watercolor is often called the most capricious and unpredictable technique. This is due to the many nuances of the behavior of water-based paints. An artist inexperienced in watercolor painting, even…

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