Immoral Art: How Kitagawa Utamaro became famous for depicting geishas and offended the Japanese government in one engraving
Kitagawa Utamaro is an iconic Japanese artist whose engravings are world famous. He devoted his life to portraying the inhabitants of the "merry quarters" - geishas and the maids of…

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Michelangelo and other talented falsifiers who managed to fool the world of art
Art has long turned into a profitable business, which brings millions of especially experienced people. After all, real masterpieces cost huge sums. The dealer receives his share, the auction house…

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What happened to 10 famous paintings that were spoiled by vandals
Paintings of famous (and sometimes not very masters) sometimes have a magical effect on people. And it happens that this is not only admiration and enthusiasm, but extreme reactions. So,…

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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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The naked Christ, a corpse on his hands, strange perspectives for a little daughter. What shocked famous artists
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Unpleasant Art: Diseases and Death in 19th-20th Century Paintings
Art does not always appeal to the beautiful and beautiful, sometimes from the depicted on the canvases it takes a rash because of the plots chosen by the author. For…

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Life is pain
Today, Frida Kahlo is considered the founder of Mexican modernism and the brightest figure in Mexican culture. She is adored and known throughout the world. Recently, a large collection of…

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Because of what, the brilliant Victorian artist Richard Dudd dealt with his father and ended up in the "yellow house"
A true artist, and even more so the founder of a new style in art, is supposed to be a little crazy. Sometimes outrageous makes the master a true legend.…

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