FAVORITE WOMEN PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973)
Pablo Picasso wrote a huge number of paintings, tens of thousands of paintings - so many that no one knows all his works, even his professional biographers. They constitute the…

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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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EKATERININSKY PERIOD
Russian art in the Catherine period finally goes beyond one portrait form. A multi-genre painting system emerges at the Academy, and a historical picture appears. One of the brightest representatives…

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10 fun facts about paintings by famous artists

Pablo Picasso painted one of his famous portraits in less than 5 minutes
One of his acquaintances, Pablo Picasso, while examining his new works, sincerely told the artist: “Sorry, but I can’t understand it. Such things simply do not exist. ” To which Picasso retorted: “You don’t understand Chinese either. But he still exists. ” However, Picasso did not understand many. Once he suggested to the Russian writer Ehrenburg, his good friend, to write his portrait. He happily agreed, but did not have time to sit in a chair to pose, as the artist said that everything was ready. 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

“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 this case is an example of the appearance of fig leaves on antique statues. For the sake of moral preservation in the Middle Ages, thousands of ancient masterpieces were subjected to “great castration.” Interestingly, this tradition today takes on a “second wind”.
The subject of nude in art often becomes a stumbling block and is still a heated debate – does the artist have the right to reveal his model, is this really an artistic device or just a way to get unhealthy attention? Continue reading

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1511
The greatest miracle appears before the viewer in all its glory. The mystery that does not cease to excite the imagination of man is interpreted by the great master very…

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Analysis of the work “The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli
The Renaissance is characterized by the intellectual and artistic flourishing of culture, which reached its peak in the 16th century. Medieval asceticism and contempt for all earthly things are now…

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Soviet painting - the history of modern art
The culture of the Soviet and post-Soviet period is a bright large-scale coil of Russian heritage. The events of 1917 became the reporting point in the development of a new…

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