"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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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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What is the secret of Russian beauties in portraits of Konstantin Makovsky
Konstantin Makovsky was one of the most fashionable and, as they would say, “sought-after” artists of the 19th – early 20th centuries. Emperor Alexander II called him “my painter”, and…

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His name was Kitagawa

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 tea houses, and he worked, despite the prohibitions. His name meant “the river of abundant happiness,” but the artist’s life was not happy.

During the Edo period, during the reign of the Tokugawa clan – around the 17th century – an art movement appeared that became the hallmark of Japanese art in the eyes of the entire Western world.

The term itself originally meant “mortal world” or “vale of sorrow”, but the engravings of ukiyo-e are not at all sad. At that time, life in Tokyo was in full swing: those city blocks were rebuilt where the Kabuki theater flourished and the houses of geishas and courtesans were located. The first ukiyo-e artists portrayed the diverse inhabitants of these “fun neighborhoods” – beautiful geisha, stern sumo wrestlers, Kabuki theater actors with their masks and costumes, and therefore the word itself changed its meaning and began to mean “a world full of love.” Continue reading

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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Camille Corot - “landscape poet” who inspired both the impressionists and the authors of fake artists
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot - French painter of the era of romanticism, "landscape poet", who influenced the emergence of impressionism. During his long life, he created several thousand paintings in his…

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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 did the fate of the beauties from which the famous portraits were painted
There is an opinion, absolutely not supported by statistics, about the unlucky fate of people posing for famous painting masterpieces. Fortunately, most often this is completely wrong, but sometimes life…

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