40 interesting facts from the life of great artists
Salvador Dali believed that he was the reincarnation of his dead brother. In each of the works of Dali there is either his portrait or silhouette. The idea of ​​a…

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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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Russian avant-garde, Russian artist Kandinsky, Vasily Vasilyevich
Kandinsky became the creator of abstract art in its pure form, its theorist and creator. In his early works, which strongly influenced the French and German influence, and undoubtedly in…

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determination to sacrifice

BOY WITH A TUBE by Pablo Picasso

The most expensive painting in the world?
In 2004, at an Sotheby’s auction, an unknown buyer acquired the work of Pablo Picasso “Boy with a Pipe” (Garson and la Pipe) in 1905 for $ 104.168 million. The starting price of work – 70 million dollars – an unprecedented amount for the art market. The high cost of the work is explained, firstly, by the impeccable provenance of the painting, and secondly, by its uniqueness: Picasso’s early works appear on the market extremely rarely, almost all the pictures of the pink and blue periods are in museum collections.
The Boy with the Pipe was written in 1905, when the artist lived and worked, and very successfully, in Paris. Nevertheless, on Picasso’s “creative calendar” this period is the earliest, pre-subist and, by the way, the most valuable. The canvas belongs to the rare for any master category of iconic paintings: it marked the artist’s transition from the “blue” period to the “pink” period. Continue reading

NINE SYMBOLS ENCRYPTED IN “SIKTINSKAYA MADONNE”

“The genius of pure beauty” – said Vasily Zhukovsky about the “Sistine Madonna”. Later, Pushkin borrowed this image and dedicated it to an earthly woman, Anne Kern. Rafael also wrote to Madonna from a real person, probably from his own mistress
1. Madonna. Some researchers believe that the image of the Blessed Virgin Virgin Raphael was painted from his mistress Margherita Luthi. According to the Russian art historian Sergei Stam, “in the eyes of the Sistine Madonna, direct openness and gullibility, ardent love and tenderness, and at the same time wariness and anxiety, indignation and horror of human sins froze; indecision and at the same time, the willingness to accomplish the feat (to give his son to death. – Note. “Around the World”) “.
2. Baby Christ. According to Stam, “his forehead is not childishly high, and his eyes are absolutely not childishly serious. However, in their eyes, we see neither edification, nor forgiveness, nor reconciling consolation … Continue reading

About art emigration from Russia to the West (1920-1950s)
The problem of including the artistic heritage of Russian emigration in the concept of the development of Russian art of the 20th century in our days does not cease to…

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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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"Great castration": As covered up the shame in paintings and sculptures at different times
The history of art knows many examples when, at a change in cultural epochs, works created by predecessors begin to be perceived not quite rightly. Probably the most significant in…

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