A brush is nothing more than a simple tool to help an artist complete his plan. But like with every tool with brushes, one must also be able to handle.…

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Abstract and readymade
The most extreme forms of cubism were not those practiced by Picasso and Braque, who resisted complete abstraction, but other cubists, especially Frantisek Kupka, and those whom Apollinaire attributed to…

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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…

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the embodiment

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Vietnam University of Fine Arts

Vietnam University of Fine Arts (formerly Hanoi Higher School of Fine Arts) is an art school in Hanoi (Vietnam), which was created in 1925 under French rule. The university has trained many of Vietnam’s leading artists, and each year takes part in numerous cultural exchanges with sister foreign institutions.

The long and distinguished history of the University of Fine Arts of Hanoi can be traced back to the colonial École Supérieure des Beaux Arts de l’Indochine (1925-1945) (Indochina Higher School of Fine Arts), which educated subsequent generations of Vietnamese students – and a small number of students Continue reading

Italian neoclassicism and 19th century art

As in other parts of Europe, Italian neoclassical art was based mainly on the principles of ancient Roman and ancient Greek art and architecture, as well as on Italian architecture of the Renaissance and its foundations, for example, this is observed in the Villa Carpa “La Rotonda”.

Classicism and neoclassicism in Italian art and architecture developed during the Italian Renaissance, in particular in the works and projects of Leon Battista Alberti and the work of Filippo Brunelleschi. The emphasis is on the symmetry, proportion, geometry and orderliness of the parts in such a way as they were demonstrated in the architecture of antiquity, in particular, in the architecture of Ancient Rome, many examples of which have been preserved. The correct order of columns, pilasters and architrave beams, as well as the use of semicircular arches, hemispherical domes, Continue reading

Lithuanian stories of Mikalojus Čiurlionis

The genius of East European symbolism, artist, composer, writer and photographer, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis was brought up in Polish culture, but became an outstanding creator of Lithuanian culture, an artist who “discovered the exclusiveness of the national spirit”. How did this happen?

Ciurlionis was born on September 22, 1875 in the town of Orana (modern name Varena) in Lithuania. His childhood and youth passed in Druskeniki (modern Druskininkai) and Plungyan (modern Plunge). In Plungyan, he played in the orchestra of Prince Oginsky, which began his musical career. During his studies at the Warsaw University of Music, Čiurlionis revolved in Polish bohemian artistic circles. Brought up in the cult of Polish literature (he adored the Slovak) and for most of his life not knowing the Lithuanian language, Ciurlionis, under the influence of the growing Lithuanian national movement, decided to devote himself to creating national Lithuanian art.

How to become a Lithuanian in Eastern Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century?
Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, portret, fot. CC / Wikimedia Commons
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