How does an artist work?
Usually he answers this question – “this is a great mystery”.
Kandinsky scoffed at the Impressionists, who were proud that they could not explain what they were painting. And he boasted that he can speak sensibly and even prophetically about his art: Continue reading
The name of this genre can tell about what still life is, and it is very eloquent – in Italian, natura morta means “dead nature”. Creations of nature, once depicted by artists, froze on canvas. The fact that it was alive many centuries ago – delicate flowers, ripe fruit, freshly caught fish and trophies brought from a successful hunt – these objects were most loved to depict in their works the artists who worked in the still life genre. They liked to decorate with such paintings dwellings, for example, a dining room. Continue reading
The earliest hints of landscape are already visible on the Neolithic rock paintings left by ancient people who lived where the sands of the Sahara desert are now located, but landscape painting experienced its heyday in the Renaissance. The great artists of that era – Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, El Greco – created their masterpieces in this genre. Continue reading
Unusual work found its buyer at an auction held in Moscow by the auction house “12th chair”. A white canvas with the word “Sorry” written in large letters and the signature of Mikhail S. Gorbachev below was sold for 12 million rubles, which exceeded the original price as much as 120 times (at first they were asked to pay 100,000 rubles for the work ). Continue reading
The story of what constitutes a miniature, you can start with the memories of learned Latin. The term miniature dates back to the word from the Latin minium – which means red paint (cinnabar, minium), which was used in the old days, making out handwritten books when decorating them with headpieces and illustrations. These elements were made with gouache, watercolors, and also used gold leaf. The miniature in books acquired great popularity in the countries of Western Europe and in the Byzantine Empire during the Middle Ages. Continue reading