Kiki de Montparnasse. The face of the epoch
Being a muse is a thankless job. People would see her face a thousand times, admire the work of an artist or sculptor, but often they would not even remember her name. Kiki de Montparnasse was no exception, although her face and her body, turned into a violin, are familiar to almost everyone. We tell the story of a woman who “defined the epoch of Montparnasse”.
Encyclopedia of Styles
Steampunk is one of the brightest representatives of the retro-futuristic branch of science fiction. Initially it emerged as a subgenre of literature, but later it has quickly spread beyond literary borders, turned into a separate subculture, and now the term is mostly used in design.
Factory Girl: parade of caricatures
Why do some critics call it the worst art film in the history of cinema?
Alice from Wonderland in Lewis Carroll’s photos and drawings
On 4 July 1862, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson createed an incredible tale of Alice’s adventures. Today we compare the story of the real and the fairytale heroines, looking at numerous photos of Alice Liddell, taken by Lewis Carroll himself, and leafing through the manuscript of the book with his illustrations. Do they look alike?
The Bavarian Rose — Empress Sissi. Ceremonial Portraits, Drama, Life
If Elizabeth of Bavaria really posed for every artist who preserved her image for history, she would have spent most of her life doing this. But the beautiful Sissi, the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, was panicky afraid to grow old and lose her attractiveness. Therefore, after 35 years, she almost did not take pictures, and there are probably few portraits painted from life later than this period. All of her later images are believed to be retouched photographs taken at a young age. The Bavarian Rose (she was from Bavaria) was painted by many artists, one of them, Franz the Magnificent, as they called Winterhalter, made the most famous portrait of the Empress Sissi.
Attack of appendicitis made Matisse an artist
By the age of 20, Matisse had studied to be a lawyer and got the right to start his own practice, which caused his return to his native wilderness in the north of France. But suddenly he was overtaken by an attack of appendicitis, and Matisse had to undergo several surgical interventions (it was 1889, and the patient had complications). To entertain his son and cheer him up, his mother brought paints to the hospital, he enthusiastically began to copy the old postcards. The mood improved so much that after the hospital Matisse headed straight for Paris, having decided to become an artist. His father, the shopkeeper was very upset: he hoped that the son would become a decent person.