A photographer travels the world and shoots a reflection of cities in puddles on a smartphone
Guido Gutierrez Ruiz has two hobbies - travel and photography. He also has an Instagram account in which he uploads his photos. Ruiz is convinced that for a good picture…

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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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Sergey Zaryanko and his “living” portraits: As a boy from the serfs, became the favorite artist of the royal family
The nineteenth century was truly golden in the art of Russia - not least because talented artists were valued and supported - both in the halls of educational institutions and…

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Scandalous “Jack of Diamonds”: How daring Russian artists from hooligans and provocateurs turned into avant-garde classics

At the beginning of the last century, this community of rebellious artists was almost the most scandalous in our country. No wonder, after all, the shocking creative group “The Jack of Diamonds” challenged painters and academics. Everything was provocative in this “grouping” – its very name, the first exhibition and, of course, the pictures that were painted by young artists. Continue reading

From the life of Parisians: Pictures of the French realist Firment-Girard, who admired Repin and Kramskoy

France has always been a center of art and culture. Therefore, innovative artists at all times sought to Paris in search of fame and recognition. One of them, Francois-Marie Firmen-Girard, is a terrific realist, a virtuoso of painting and a subtle psychologist who, during his lifetime, conquered the hearts of not only the public, but also well-known fellow artists. Ivan Kramskoy himself and Ilya Repin were shocked by the talent of the Frenchman and spoke with admiration about his work. Continue reading

Seven Betrayals of Ivan Mazepa: Brilliant Strategist or Cunning Adventurer?

Reviews of this historical figure to this day resemble a swing with a large amplitude – from plus to minus and vice versa. Disputes do not subside both in the scientific community and at the level of public understanding of the role of Ivan Stepanovich Mazepa in the history of Russia and Ukraine. One thing can be stated unequivocally – it was an extraordinary person, in front of the bright colors of which artistic fiction of works about Mazepa Ryleev, Pushkin, Byron and Hugo fade. Continue reading

How Chinese artists went around at the Sotheby’s auction of Pablo Picasso
Over the past decades, China has rapidly burst into all spheres of human life. Fine art was no exception. So, in 2011, at the Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong, for…

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“Nu” in Soviet style: How many are asked today for the social realism of Alexander Deineka on the global art market?
After the teleconference in 1986, Leningrad - Boston, the whole world is finding out that there is nothing forbidden in the USSR, what happens between a man and a woman,…

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What pictures of Russian classics were forbidden to be shown, and for what reason did they fall out of favor with the censors
We are accustomed to associate censorship bans with forbidden books or films. But even in such a seemingly harmless genre of art as painting, artists could go against the ideological…

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Family of artists da Vezzo
The happiness of family life and the happiness of self-realization in your favorite business are the eternal values ​​that existed during the times of the Ottoman sultans and musketeer swords.…

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