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 homes with paintings. They were sold at auctions and fairs; artists sometimes even used them as a means of paying bills.
Road in the Forest, Meindert Hobbem, 1670
Painters were abundant, and there was quite fierce competition, since the profession of the artist was widespread. By painting, not many could earn their bread. Most artists had to do a variety of work: Jacob van Reusdal was a doctor, Meinert Hobbema worked as an excise official, and Jan Steen as an innkeeper. Continue reading
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 expectations.
A gifted child, whose first teacher was the famous artist (in particular, according to the canonical illustrations for “Pan Tadeusz” by Adam Mickiewicz) artist Michal Elviro Andriolli, a student at the private painting school of Wojciech Gerson. A student of the prestigious Julian Academy in Paris, she became the first Polish woman to receive an art education at such a high professional level. Marked with many awards while studying at school, at the London Academy of Arts, as well as in Berlin and at the Paris Salon. At the Salon in 1887 she was awarded the highest award – a gold medal for the self-portrait written in the same year. She is guided by current trends, peculiar primarily to landscape painting – from luminism to impressionism. Traces of these directions are also found in her paintings, but Anna Continue reading
“I saw cats without smiles, but a smile without a cat …” – Lewis Carroll “Alice in Wonderland”.
The situation with contemporary art, starting from the 20th century, resembles the smile of the Cheshire Cat Lewis Carroll: the cat disappeared, the smile hangs in the air, and it is unclear whether it is or is strange. It is only clear that artistry in the usual sense of the word has nothing to do with it.
One famous artist packs bridges and public buildings in nylon and polypropylene. Another travels the world and celebrates museums and galleries, painting a banana on their walls. The third, stripping Continue reading