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Forbidden Art: 6 paintings that at various times became victims of censorship
Censorship of art acted not only in Soviet times. In the time of tsarist Russia, works by fairly well-known artists fell under the ban. The reason for the refusal to…

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"The Secret of Things" in the paintings of Rene Magritte, who wanted to "make everyday life less dreary"
Unfinished painting by William Merritt Chase Leaving the life of a brilliant artist is always a big loss for art. Unfinished works become a symbol of all that the artist…

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Refined avant-garde artist Robert Falk: 4 muses, unnecessary Paris and later recognition in the homeland
Robert Rafailovich Falk is a Russian avant-garde artist with Jewish roots who went through a difficult career through the turbulent revolutionary years that broke the fate of many painters. Some…

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Twice a widower, a genius landscape painter, author of the most famous candy wrapper. Ivan Shishkin

The work of Ivan Shishkin is compared with the music of Tchaikovsky. Clear and powerful paintings radiate positive energy. His canvases flood in serene light. The artist gives the viewer joy. But few people know what trials fell on his lot. Shishkin wrote the sun even in the darkest moments of his life.

Family matters
Ivan Shishkin was born in 1832 in a merchant family. Their dynasty owned the first industrial enterprise in the city of Elabuga. The plant was engaged in casting bells. His father Ivan Vasilievich traded in grain. Old-timers said that the older Shishkin was an honest and incorruptible person. He was elected several times by the city headman. There were six children in the family of the merchant, but only the son of Vanya was artistically gifted. And this boy glorified the Shishkin family all over the world. Continue reading

Secrets of “The Last Day of Pompeii”: Which of the Contemporaries Karl Bryullov depicted four times in the picture

1939 years ago, on August 24, 79 AD, the most devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius occurred, as a result of which the cities of Herculaneum, Stabia and Pompeii were destroyed. This event has more than once become the plot of works of art, and the most famous of them is The Last Day of Pompeii by Karl Bryullov. However, few people know that in this picture the artist depicted not only himself, but also the woman with whom he was connected with a romantic relationship, in four images.

While working on this picture, the artist lived in Italy. In 1827, he fell into the excavations of Pompeii, in which his brother Alexander also participated. Obviously, then the idea was born of him to create a monumental picture on a historical theme. He wrote about his impressions: “The sight of these ruins involuntarily made me go back to the time when these walls were still inhabited … You cannot go through these ruins without feeling in yourself some completely new feeling that makes you forget everything, except for the terrible incident with this the city. ” Continue reading

The Last Pre-Raphaelite: John William Waterhouse – an artist who wrote strong women with a difficult fate

John William Waterhouse is often called the last Pre-Raphaelite. Beautiful long-haired virgins, mythological and medieval plots, wild herbs and overgrown ponds are related to his work with paintings by Millet and Rossetti. However, the biography of Waterhouse is very different from the biographies of romantics and brawlers of the XIX century.

He was born in the north of Italy into a family of famous artists and lived in this beautiful sunny country for the first years of his life. Waterhouse’s early work is filled with nostalgia for Italy – markets, ruins, Italian courtyards …

Subsequently, he often painted his heroines against the backdrop of Italian landscapes, dressed them in delicate antique dresses, embodied in his paintings the images of the tender Psyche and the insidious Circe – the heroines of ancient mythology. Later, Waterhouse often returned to these places in order to be saturated with their life-giving air. Continue reading

10 controversial paintings by famous artists that not everyone dares to hang at home

The paintings of famous masters are admired. They seek to acquire, if not originals, then at least reproductions. But among the huge number of paintings by great masters there are those that look frankly terrible, and hanging them at home is not at all recommended, unless, of course, you want to sleep peacefully.

1. “Diomedes devoured by horses.” Gustave Moreau
In the myths of the exploits of Hercules, the eighth task that the hero must fulfill is to steal the mares of Diomedes, king of Thrace. It would seem that stealing horses should be a simple matter for the son of God, but these were horses that were fed by humans. Not knowing that these horses are crazy, Hercules leaves them with his companions, whom the bloodthirsty animals killed and ate.

As a punishment for Diomedes for raising such monsters, Hercules fed him to his own horses. This plot formed the basis of the picture of Moreau, on which you can see how Hercules carelessly looks at the “revenge” of the horses of Diomedes. Moreau is famous for his symbolic paintings on biblical and mythological subjects, but not one of them is as bloody as this. Continue reading

Fairytale illustrations by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale – the best British Victorian watercolourist

The Victorian era gave the world fantastic stories about elves and fairies, the movement of the Pre-Raphaelites, a return to medieval images and ideals. The last representative of this Victorian art was Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, a watercolorist who embodied the enchanted world of legends about King Arthur on paper.

Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale was born in 1871 into a family of lawyers famous throughout Norwood. Her father was a successful lawyer, and the family did not know the constraint in money. Young Eleanor studied at home under the supervision of governesses and visiting teachers, carefully guarded from the hardships and vices of the world. However, there were not so many entertainments in her life – no more than a well-bred girl should be in prim Victorian England, where children were ordered to be disciplined and serious almost from birth. Continue reading

“Marriage takes away hope”: How artist Paula Moderson-Becker sought a balance between family and work
At the end of the 19th century, the inhabitants of the German village of Vorpsvede only said that they were talking about eccentric artists who lived there. Young men and…


"The Secret of Things" in the paintings of Rene Magritte, who wanted to "make everyday life less dreary"
Unfinished painting by William Merritt Chase Leaving the life of a brilliant artist is always a big loss for art. Unfinished works become a symbol of all that the artist…


How a visit to the Hermitage turned the fate of a merchant: facts from the history of the Tretyakov Gallery are little known
It is unlikely that we could today contemplate and admire the masterpieces of Russian painting, if not for the event that happened a little more than 125 years ago. Namely,…


Apple Bullseye: Famous Russian Dynasties of Artists
The best representatives of art dynasties. The Russian land has always been rich in talented people. Writers and poets, sculptors and artists, along with enlighteners and scientists, made up the…