By its own rules. Self-portraits of Polish artists
Singer of the Slavs in the Japanese kimono, naked, hardly matching the canons of exquisite nudes. Self-portraits of Polish artists play with the viewer and at every step deceive his…

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Cubism until 1914
There is a clear distinction between the cubists of Canweiler and the cubists of the Salon. Until 1914, Braque, Picasso and Leger (to a lesser extent), Gris received the support…

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Roerich Nikolai Konstantinovich
Member of the World of Art. Since the 1920s he lived in India. Emotional, colorful and decorative compositions inspired by the history of Ancient Russia (“The Messenger”, 1897), Indian and…

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Ursula Luaye

Cubist sculpture

Just like in painting, cubist sculpture is rooted in the reduction by Paul Cezanne of drawn objects to compound planes and geometric bodies (cubes, spheres, cylinders and cones). And just like in painting, it became an all-pervasive influence and significantly contributed to constructivism and futurism.

Cubist sculpture developed in parallel with cubism in painting. In the fall of 1909, Picasso created “The Head of a Woman (Fernando)” with positive features using negative and positive space. According to Douglas Cooper: “The first real cubist sculpture was the impressive“ Woman’s Head ”by Picasso, modeled in 1909-1910, the equivalent in three dimensions for many of these analytical and faceted heads in his paintings of that time.” These positive / negative changes were ambitiously used by Alexander Arkhipenko in 1912-1913, for example, in The Walking Woman. After Arkhipenko, Jozsef Chaki was the first sculptor in Paris to join the Cubists, with whom he exhibited Continue reading

Musical instruments and national costumes in painting

Music seen, painting heard in the canvases of contemporaries “Without music, life would have been a mistake” Friedrich Nietzsche It is no coincidence that people playing musical instruments are on canvas. Psychologists have long noted the existence of an inextricable thread between painting and music. Moreover, winged expressions about the “musical palette” or “bright notes in the picture”, “bright sound” or “sonorous color” have long taken root in our language and are not surprising with a pun. Yes, and we ourselves are used to considering notes and colors as something whole.
The fact that music and its sources are inextricably linked with painting is no secret. Moreover, the image of musicians in the canvases of artists of different eras gives an idea of ​​the development of a society, its moral Continue reading

Portuguese painting

Portuguese painting is practically unknown in our country, unfortunately, it did not receive such a high-profile fame as, say, the painting of famous Italian or French masters. Although, in the history of painting in Portugal there were amazing pages, turning over which, we can open the whole world, go on a trip around the world as if following those who made great geographical discoveries, conquering more and more new lands, creating a whole world – the Lusitian world, empire, over which the sun always shines …

If Japan is called the country of the “rising sun”, then Portugal in the old days was called the country of the “setting sun” or – Imperu do Sol … The Empire of the Sun in the folk songs of the Portuguese and in poetry is a metaphor for colonial possessions that stretch across the earth and in all oceans. But not only. This concept in the minds of the Portuguese evokes a number of associations that are not always clear to Continue reading

The concept and origin of cubism
Cubism was born in the years 1907-1911. Pablo Picasso's 1907 painting Avignon Maidens is often considered a proto-Cubist work. Georges Braque's “Homes in Estate” (and related works) prompted the critic…

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Portuguese painting
Portuguese painting is practically unknown in our country, unfortunately, it did not receive such a high-profile fame as, say, the painting of famous Italian or French masters. Although, in the…

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Contemporary Italian Art
At the beginning of the 20th century, representatives of futurism developed a dynamic view of the modern world, while Giorgio de Chirico demonstrated a strange metaphysical calm, while Amedeo Modigliani…

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Dutch painting - paintings of the 17th century
A significant feature of Dutch art was the significant prevalence in all its forms of painting. Representatives of the highest echelons of power, poor burghers, artisans and peasants decorated their…

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