How philanthropist Savva Mamontov revived Russian ceramics: Unique majolica Abramtseva
Everyone knows about the influence that philanthropist Savva Mamontov had on patronage of Russian culture, who gathered the greatest artists at his Abramtsevo estate. But special attention is required to…

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How Russian artist Makovsky painted a portrait of the US president and opened the “Russian style” to Americans
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Western world discovered the Russian style. Sundresses, kokoshniks, furs and precious fabrics, boyars and feasts - this is exactly the kind of…

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10 contemporary blind artists who surprised the world with their art
It will not be a revelation to anyone that painting is an exclusively visual form of art, therefore the phrase “blind artist” itself sounds like nonsense. But in fact, there…

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10 things that made Andy Warhol provocation genius an outstanding artist

Today Andy Warhol is a famous American artist, designer, sculptor, producer, director, writer, and magazine publisher. He is called the founder of the ideology “homouniversale” and a genius provocateur, he is the author of works that have become synonymous with the concept of commercial pop art. Andy Warhol has made art accessible to the masses so that people learn to see the beauty of everyday things and understand that everything that surrounds them is beautiful in essence.

Warhol’s paintings are so mysterious due to the fact that his life is a complete mystery. The further you dig into his biography, the more you realize that you did not know anything about this artist. Here are ten examples that further blur the line between the life and art of Andy Warhol.

1. He knew how to turn trash into objects of art Continue reading

10 contemporary blind artists who surprised the world with their art

It will not be a revelation to anyone that painting is an exclusively visual form of art, therefore the phrase “blind artist” itself sounds like nonsense. But in fact, there are amazing people who are actually blind (they have eyesight, but not enough for certain types of activities), but at the same time they wrote stunningly beautiful paintings that can compete with the works of sighted artists.

1. Michael Williams

Michael Williams was born in the American city of Memphis in 1964. For the first time, a boy became interested in art, watching his mother (who was an artist) paint a cowboy leaving for sunset. Williams then began to learn to draw himself, but as a teenager he was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, which is a degenerative disease that affects people under the age of 20 and affects their eyesight. Despite losing most of his vision, Williams continued to paint and won many high school awards. Continue reading

How Pavel Tretyakov competed with the emperor to create the most famous art gallery in Moscow

Before the revolution, patronage of the arts was considered not only charitable, but also beneficial for the donor himself, and the point here was not taxes at all. According to the ideas of merchants in the old days, this activity allowed avoiding a terrible temptation – the power of money. Most often, wealthy industrialists became patrons of shelters, hospitals, and educational institutions. At first, the partners and competitors laughed at the Tretyakov brothers’ passion for painting, but time, of course, put everything in its place.

Pavel and Sergey Tretyakov were the eldest children in a well-known merchant family. This dynasty of industrialists has flourished since the 18th century, and for several generations from the retail of buttons, it has been able to grow to manufacturers – the family owned paper dyeing and finishing industries. I must say that, despite the huge investment in art, by the time of his death, the state of Pavel Tretyakov was estimated at 3.8 million rubles. Continue reading

Poster of the exhibition “Louis Vuitton Foundation Collection” in Moscow
Wealthy companies collect art for two reasons. Because they are responsible businessmen, investing part of superprofits in something rational, kind, eternal. And because works of art are a good investment.…

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From cave paintings to political graffiti: 11 paintings that changed the world
Usually an object of art is considered from the point of view of entertainment - it pleases the eye, can raise the mood or entertain a person. But art is…

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Romantic paintings with hidden subtext, which are not as simple as it seems at first glance
You can talk about love in different ways - including in languages ​​of different styles of fine art. These languages ​​are understandable to everyone, despite the fact that the personalities…

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What Censorship Looks Like at Christian College: Ruffles, Pants, and Skirts in the Paintings and Murals of Great Masters
For many centuries, it was religion that prompted brilliant people to create their masterpieces. It was during the construction of churches that architects revealed their talents, and most of the…

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