Realistic landscapes of the artist of the nineteenth century Ivan Velts, who did not remain in the shadow of the great painters of that great era
The nineteenth century raised and gave the world a whole galaxy of talented and famous artists of Russian painting. Savrasov, Shishkin, Levitan, Aivazovsky in the landscape genre were unsurpassed brilliant…

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As the sons of the Austrian artist Carl von Blaas became famous portrait painters of their time
Contrary to the well-known concept that “nature is resting on children of geniuses”, the world history of art still knows quite a few dynasties of artists that transferred a divine…

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"Maha dressed" and "Maha nude": How passion flared up around the scandalous paintings of Francisco Goya
Surprisingly, the paintings of the famous Spanish artist, painted at the turn of the enlightened XVIII and XIX century gold, became the causes of scandals until the liberated XX. Despite…

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Blind artists: How 5 famous Russian painters were able to survive the loss of sight

It is impossible to imagine how a person can survive the loss of vision. Seeing the world in all its diversity and then plunging into total darkness is a real drama. And if the artist loses sight? He immediately lost the opportunity not only to see, but also to create. However, in the history of fine art, there are many examples of how artists went through similar tests. Among the artists who have lost sight, a lot of famous artists.

The artist in the XVIII century was rightly considered one of the best portrait painters, and he was also the favorite of Empress Catherine the Great. Almost all the members of the royal family ordered portraits from him, representatives of other noble families did not lag behind them. The gallery of portraits of cultural and art workers created by the artist was unique, the portraits of his heroes were notable for their vivacity and warmth. The heyday of the popularity of Dmitry Levitsky fell on the 1770-1780-ies, but by the end of the XVIII century, the artist began to forget.
In 1807, the artist again declared himself, this time as a teacher at the Academy of Arts. He painted his last picture in 1812, perhaps all subsequent years he was already living in darkness. Little is known about the last years of Dmitry Levitsky’s life; only after his departure, the artist’s widow wrote a petition to the Academy to provide assistance for 600 rubles, which the woman owed for the funeral. She described in a letter and a very disastrous financial situation due to the long illness of her husband. She did not wait for help, but put up for sale a painting by Dmitry Levitsky “John the Baptist”.

An unsurpassed master who could work in almost any technique, unfortunately, was too quickly addicted to bohemian life. He knew the delights of unrequited love, did not disdain to seek solace from the beautiful representatives of the oldest profession.
It is unlikely then a talented artist thought about the consequences of such a “consolation.” It also manifested itself when Mikhail Vrubel barely turned 42 years old. By that time, the artist had already managed to conquer the heart of Nadezhda Zabela, became her rightful spouse. The disease began with the strongest migraines, and later the master began to show a strong mental disorder. The diagnosis of incurable progressive paralysis caused by a syphilitic infection was given to him by a psychiatrist Vladimir Bekhterev.

For the last 8 years of his life, he has been treated in psychiatric clinics many times with varying success. After rehabilitation, he again took up the brush, but in 1906 Mikhail Vrubel went blind due to atrophy of the optic nerve. In 1910, he made the decision to voluntarily die, consciously earning pneumonia. He opened wide the window in the most severe frost and stood idle in front of her for hours. Mikhail Vrubel died in April 1910.

A remarkable painter and theater artist Konstantin Korovin was a real lifejob. He never bent under the blows of fate. Even in France, when his wife fell ill with tuberculosis, his son Alexei tried to take his life and the financial situation of the family was extremely disastrous, he did not give up.
He spent a lot of time with his son, telling him about his life. The artist was already 70 years old when blindness forced him to give up his favorite work. But Konstantin Korovin discovered a new talent: he became a writer and dictated his memories to Alexey. When the artist’s memoirs were published, many critics noted that the writer’s gift of Konstantin Korovin was no less than the artist’s talent.

It is impossible to imagine how a person can survive the loss of vision. Seeing the world in all its diversity and then plunging into total darkness is a real drama. And if the artist loses sight? He immediately lost the opportunity not only to see, but also to create. However, in the history of fine art, there are many examples of how artists went through similar tests. Among the artists who have lost sight, a lot of famous artists.

He did not receive artistic education, but he was able to reflect on the canvas human emotions in all their diversity. Vladimir Yakovlev, at the age of 16, practically stopped seeing, and he painted his paintings more intuitively, bringing his face to the canvas as close as possible. He was generally distinguished by poor health, could not even finish high school due to endocrine disease. Along with the physical ill-health of the artist, he also pursued a mental illness. Since his youth he was registered with a psychiatrist because of schizophrenia.
The last years of his life, Vladimir Yakovlev was treated in a psycho-neurological dispensary, and with the support of a specially created foundation for the artist in the early 1990s, he had an eye surgery at the Svyatoslav Fyodorov Institute. The returned sight had practically no effect on the master’s writing style. Vladimir Yakovlev died in 1998, without leaving the clinic.

Blind artists: How 5 famous Russian painters were able to survive the loss of sight
It is impossible to imagine how a person can survive the loss of vision. Seeing the world in all its diversity and then plunging into total darkness is a real…

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"Holy Wives" de Zurbaran: What secrets are kept female portraits of the famous painter of the XVII century
The cycle of female portraits of Francisco de Zurbaran called “Holy Wives” for almost 400 years has attracted the audience not only by masterful painting performance, but also by terrible…

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“Marriage takes away hope”: As an artist, Paula Modersohn-Becker was looking for a balance between family and creativity
At the end of the 19th century, the inhabitants of the German village of Worpswede only said that they were about the eccentric artists who settled there. Young men and…

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From petroglyphs to the drawings of the great Pushkin: History of portrait profile
The profile that in the modern world is associated primarily with self-presentation in the Internet space, in its original meaning of a half-turn, silhouette is almost the same age as…

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