The class of Pavel Chistyakov. The great teacher and his brilliant students in the memoirs of artists
Serov, Surikov, Vrubel, Vasnetsov, Repin, Polenov, Savinsky, Borisov-Musatov, Grabar are famous Chistyakovites who went through the tough school of Pavel Petrovich at various times. The teacher’s sentences that have become aphorisms, the student works of the authors of future masterpieces, their memories — all these shows the image of the teacher so extraordinary that one would like to enroll in…
Tetyana Yablonska: create for life and live for art
Tetyana Yablonska possessed an inexhaustible love of life and optimism, which allowed the artist to maintain her strength and desire to paint even under the most difficult circumstances. Her energy was always in full swing, she could paint a picture in two days at a very old age, when she was already over eighty. And in her youth, she was reproached with the fact that she drove her car and motor…
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10 scariest paintings according to Arthive readers
The most creepy works were chosen out of 122. In the top ten appeared two paintings by Vereshchagin. And Goya, contrary to expectations, lost his first place. To whom?!
Vasily Polenov's travel blog: Italy, Germany, France, England
Polenov first found himself abroad not too early — at the age of 28. During his pensioner’s trip, he managed to visit Germany and Switzerland, live in Italy and France, and visit England on the fly. At 32, he went to the Serbian-Turkish front and saw Bulgaria, Austria-Hungary, Serbia. And at the age of 37 and 54, he took two eastern trips to Turkey, Greece, Syria, Egypt and Palestine. Not only…
Ilya Repin crucifying the Decadents, or Unknown secrets of various insolent daubs
The turning point from classical to modern in Russian art took place in long-forgotten past that is covered with fluffy archival dust. But at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, this was the most acute confrontation with ad hominem attacks. The miriskusniki destroyed reputations and overthrew the former idols from their pedestals. Outraged by such barbarism, Repin defended “those thrown…
How unattainable love lead to "The Birth of Venus"
Botticelli was unhappy in love and never married, because he was in love with Simonetta Vespucci, the first beauty of the Renaissance era, dubbed La Sans Pareille. She became a model of the famous painting "The Birth of Venus", her image was also on other canvases by the master. Unfortunately, Simonetta never belonged to him: she was the wife of Marco Vespucci (the cousin of the famous Florentine navigator Amerigo Vespucci!) and the beloved of the younger brother of the Florentine ruler Giuliano Medici. However, it didn’t make Simonetta’s fate happy. The beauty, which made crazy all the noble men of the city, died of tuberculosis at the age of 23. Botticelli was buried next to Simonetta in the church of Ognisanti 34 years after her death, according to the will of the creator.