The art of hearing: the painting which sings. Part I
Painting and music are as far apart as they are close. In an effort to convey the musical character of a situation or the sound of certain compositions, artists often depicted people playing music with instruments , and composers invented a special genre — symphonic sketch. However, the kinship of music and painting is deeper; composition, rhythm, colour are intrinsic properties of both art and…
Thirteen Demons by Mikhail Vrubel
The amazing and incomprehensible Mikhail Vrubel was born on 17 March 1856. What were the wings to take his spirit away on 14 April 1910? White or black ones? The fantastic and mystical world of Vrubel, his sensual aesthetics fascinated, attracted and... repelled contemporaries. His work, his spirit remains a mystery – did the painful or brilliant consciousness lead this artist?
Birds have always been admired for the abilities that nature deprived people of. Neither can we fly beyond the clouds towards the sun, nor flap our wings someplace warm... Of course, the artists did not ignore the light-winged representatives of the fauna, where they play their special role: to begin with, the world egg is a universal symbol of the origin of life. Let's continue exploring…
Not just football and beer. A cultural guide for visitors to Moscow
To miss the chance of visiting the unique exhibitions of the capital hosting the World Cup 2018, is like to score an own goal. Football will not forgive this to you! The mystical Vermeer, demonic Vrubel, uncompromising Malevich, philosophical Roerich, succulent Konchalovsky, appetizing Deineka, romantic Zverev, admirable Picasso - they all make up just a part of the artistic team that is…
A study is an exercise painting that helps the painter better understand the object he or she paints. It is simple and clear, like sample letters in a school student’s copybook. Rough and ready, not detailed, with every stroke being to the point, a study is a proven method of touching the world and making a catalogue of it. However, in art history, the status of the study is vague and open to…
All shades of blue
Any color is good if used by a master. Now we accept opulent colors in painting as typical, though the same technique has not always been applied. It was not long since beautiful blue has become appreciated in the iconography. Let's examine all hues of blue from its symbolic point of view.