"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,…

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…

Continue reading →

Life after Picasso
64 years ago, on February 11, 1955, Olga Khokhlova passed away. The general public probably knows only about the ballerina from Nizhyn that she emigrated from the Russian Empire and…

Continue reading →

elected to the Academy

The rise and fall of Orest Kiprensky: For which the author of the best portrait of Pushkin was stoned and who saved him

Orest Kiprensky was gladly received in the homes of nobles not only in Russia, but also in France and Italy. His talent has gained recognition in Europe and, it seemed, nothing can interfere with his ascent to fame and fortune. However, a tragic accident at one moment destroyed all his hopes and aspirations. Orest Kiprensky again had to prove step by step his significance in his own country and abroad.

On the road to fame

Kiprensky’s parents recorded serfs Anna Gavrilova and her husband Adam Schwalbe, but the fact that Orest is the illegitimate son of the landowner Dyakonov could not be hidden. However, Alexey Dyakonov himself gave his son free, as soon as he reached the age of 6 years.
At the same time, under the auspices of Dyakonov, Orest Kiprensky was determined at the school at the Academy of Arts. Continue reading

What riddles did the Flemish master encrypt in his paintings?

The paintings written by the so-called Flemish author are distinguished by the fact that in trying to unravel whose brush each of his creations belongs to, one has to be distracted by numerous details that are very realistic, but sometimes mysterious. It becomes obvious: no matter who the author who created these works, he is certainly a genius.

Who was the Flemish master?

J. da Milano “Worship.” Such was the pictorial style in Europe a hundred years before the Flemish master

In the collections of paintings of the XV century, art historians distinguish a special group – it includes works that became the basis for the development of Dutch painting and clearly belong to the brush of one artist or representatives of a single school. Continue reading

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 – in fulfillment of a vow. Champaign has long ceased to have a family – his wife passed away twenty-four years, and Claude’s son is not alive, her daughter Francoise died. Only Catherine, twenty-six years old, is alive, she is a nun of the Abbey of Por Royal, and recently a miracle happened to her, thanks to which, smear after brushstroke appears, one of Champaign’s best works.

Flemish, who was recognized at the French court

Philippe de Champaign was born in a tailor’s family in Brussels in 1602. His childhood passed in poverty, but the talent for drawing manifested, along with the stubbornness of the boy, did their job – from twelve to sixteen Philip studied with Jean Bouillon, then with Michel de Burdo. With eighteen, the young Flemish teacher became a landscape painter Jacques Fouciere. Continue reading

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…

...

Why the picture of John Millet “Christ in the parental home” caused a scandal and the beginning of a new direction in art
The picture in which Christ and his family were depicted as "ordinary people" caused a once-great resonance in English society. Many considered the excessive realism inappropriate and even "disgusting." But…

...

Jesters and advisers of the monarchs: Famous dwarfs of the Middle Ages on the canvases of court artists
Dwarfs in Medieval Europe were very popular, and the love of them in Italian courts bordered on mania: the clans of Ferrari, Visconti, the Medici kept them at court. The…

...

Farewell Masterpieces: Five unfinished paintings by famous artists
Leaving the life of a brilliant artist is always a big loss for art. Unfinished works become a symbol of all that the artist wanted to express, express, give to…

...