"The Secret of Things" in the paintings of Rene Magritte, who wanted to "make everyday life less dreary"
“To make everyday life less dreary” - this was the task set by the Belgian artist Rene Magritte. His paintings do not just attract attention - they can inspire alarm,…

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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…

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Frightening mercy, drunk babies and flabby gods: Provocative antique stories on the canvases of the great Rubens
Rubens is a court painter and, at the same time, a rebel. He chooses the most provocative antique stories. In his house he organizes a real art manufactory. A talented…

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“The Racea”: What does the excursion poem about, which the artist Fedotov wrote in his painting “Major Matchmaking”

The painting by Pavel Andreyevich Fedotov “The Matchmaking of the Major” is now in the Tretyakov Gallery. She has no shortage of attention and viewers. All the more interesting is the tour conducted by the artist himself in the poem of his own work “The Racea”. It was written specifically for the story of the painting and read in 1849 at the exhibition of the Academy of Arts.

“Here you are kind to look!”
The racey, that is, edification, moralizing, concerns what is happening on the canvas. A whole performance was played before the viewer – with many actors, with understatement or, conversely, excessive pretentiousness, with the irony that the author put into the work – not just a painter, but also a playwright. Continue reading

7 creative lives of the artist Ivan Bilibin, who painted truly terrible tales
Most ordinary people, living their lives, learn one profession and believe that this is quite enough. Creative individuals often work in several related fields. But only a few can boast…

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The charm of summer: Young beauties with floral wreaths on the canvases of famous painters
In the warm summer months, fields, hills and forests are fragrant, decorated with floral mosaics, and girls weave wreaths of wild flowers. Since ancient times, young lovers have multiplied their…

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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,…

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As an artist, Cardinal Richelieu fulfilled a vow given during the illness of his daughter
In France, the age of d'Artagnan in 1662, the artist Philippe de Champaign set to work on a new painting. Not by order of the royal court, as usual -…

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