Oksana Kopenkina

Les Ambulants. 5 maîtres qui ont montré la vie du petit peuple

L’Association des expositions itinérantes a été fondée en 1870. Un groupe de jeunes artistes a défié l’art académique. Ce qui appelait à ne représenter que des mythes et des sujets historiques qui étaient coupés de la réalité. De plus, cet art n’était disponible que pour quelques personnes de la noblesse et des riches marchands. Les …

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Properzia de Rossi “Joseph and Potiphar’s wife”

We see the relief with two figures of man and woman and a bed with canopy. The figures turn to us by their left side. Joseph is standing. Potiphar’s wife is sitting on the bed. With one hand she holds onto the edge of her bed. With her other outstretched hand, she grabs the man …

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Russian icons. 5 most expressive images

At the beginning of the 20th century, the whole world learned about the existence of such a phenomenon as the Russian Icon. Not long before that it was discovered by the Russians themselves. They began to clear the renovations of the old icons and remove the salaries. Look even more closely at the abandoned icons …

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Russian Museum’s paintings. 7 Masterpieces Worth Seeing

If you are interested in russian art, the Russian Museum in Saint-Petersburg is a real treasure chest. Of course, there is the State Tretyakov Gallery that is better known in foreign countries, but the Russian Museum is the best place to look for Repin, Bryullov, Aivazovsky, or other Russian masters. The painting that most people …

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Tretyakov Gallery’s paintings. 7 masterpieces worth seeing

The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow is the biggest museum of russian art in the world. Its history begins with a private collection made by Pavel Tretyakov (1832-1898). He had a humble character, democratic views, and a unique artistic taste. When Tretyakov decided to make his collection public and granted it to Moscow, Alexander I …

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The Demon Seated by Michael Vrubel: Why it is a masterpiece

In 2007, I entered the Vrubel hall for the first time. The light was dim. The walls were dark. While approaching the “Demon”, you inevitably fall into the other world. That world is inhabited with powerful and sad creatures. That world has the purple-red sky, which makes giant flowers turn to stone. The space of …

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The Girl with Peaches. Valentin Serov’s Life and Talent in One Painting

“The Girl with Peaches” is not just a visit card of Valentin Serov (1865-1911). This is a unique work that allows us to understand the artist at a very deep level. There is so much of Serov “woven” in it that we can talk about it endlessly. Young Serov “The Girl with Peaches” shows how …

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Peredvizhniki (or The Wanderers). 5 Masters who Showed the Life of Common People

In 1870, a group of young artists declared war on the principles of academic painting, which set strict stylistic limitations and only allowed to depict mythological and historical plots that were far from modern reality. But such art was only accessible to wealthy and educated people – nobility and merchantry. These artists, however, wanted to …

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“Le démon” de Vroubel: pourquoi est-ce un chef-d’œuvre?

En 2007, je suis entrée pour la première fois dans la salle de Vroubel. La lumière est faible. Les murs sont sombres. Vous vous approchez du “Démon” et … tombez dans un autre monde. Un monde peuplé de créatures puissantes et tristes. Un monde où le ciel rouge et pourpre transforme des fleurs géantes en …

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Above The Eternal Peace. Levitan’s Philosophy

Isaak Levitan (1860-1900) considered that the painting “Above The Eternal Peace” reflects his essence, his state of mind. But this work of his is less widely known as “Golden autumn” or “March”. Nothing strange since the last two are included into russian high school course. But the painting with sepulchral crosses didn’t match school program. …

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