The naked Christ, a corpse on his hands, strange perspectives for a little daughter. What shocked famous artists
We are used to perceive famous artists through brief explanations of their paintings. This makes their images almost ethereal. As if there was nothing but painting in their life, and…

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How a boy from a poor Armenian family Hovhannes Gayvazyan gifted a painting to the Pope and became a great artist
Russian artist of Armenian descent. He was close to the emperor, had friendly relations with Pushkin, but did not read his works. I have never read a single book in…

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The stolen masterpieces: Famous paintings whose whereabouts are still unknown
The paintings of the great masters are not only artistic, but also quite measurable in monetary terms, value, and therefore are always in the focus of the robbers. Some of…

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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 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

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 glory and pride of Russia. It is not surprising that mastery in any field was passed down from generation to generation. A separate line is among the creative dynasties of the family of artists who presented their paintings to grateful descendants for many years.

Initially, the family of serf Argunov belonged to Count Cherkassky, and then went to Count Sheremetyev as a dowry of his daughter, Varvara Alekseevna. Continue reading

Sergey Kalmykov: Why was the last Russian avant-garde considered a city madman

The popular opinion, according to which every genius is a little crazy, with respect to Sergei Ivanovich Kalmykov, acquires special significance. The history of this artist, who managed not only to survive in the era of repression, but also to continue the traditions of the Russian avant-garde, proves: there are times when madness is the highest form of wisdom.

Young man on a red horse
Although Sergei was born in 1891 in Samarkand, his first impressions are related to Orenburg, where his family soon moved. There Kalmykov graduated from high school and, making sure that the provincial life leaves little chance for self-realization, he waved first to Moscow, where he studied for some time in Yuon’s studio, and then to Petersburg. Continue reading

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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…

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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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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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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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