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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
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
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 that they created something significant in completely different fields of activity. Ivan Bilibin, who could be called a “truly scary artist”, seems to have managed to live not only one creative life, but seven as many as 66 years.
1. Promising lawyer
The silver medal of the First St. Petersburg Classical Gymnasium and a law degree obtained in 1900 after graduating from the law faculty of St. Petersburg University, it seems, should have predetermined the fate of young Ivan Bilibin, according to the ardent desire of his father, on the solid ground of judicial or public service. However, he himself decided otherwise. Along with studying at the university, a young man begins to receive an art education, even for some time studies under the guidance of Ilya Efimovich Repin, he becomes an active member of the art world, and he forgets about his legal career. Continue reading