Oksana Kopenkina

“Irises” by Van Gogh. About the Artist’s Floral Masterpiece

Van Gogh created the work “Irises” in a critical moment of his life.  While being in a clinic for the mentally ill, in Saint-Remy (southeast of France).  Several months prior to that, he sliced off his earlobe using a razor and had suffered a nervous breakdown.  Since then, about once a month he got epileptic seizures.  He fall into oblivion for several hours.  It is generally believed that after …

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Lamara Miranghi: Goodwill Artist

Lamara Miranghi (born 1970) became an artist in adulthood. She started painting almost by chance. But this is exactly the situation when the puzzle pieces fit together and a sense of true purpose arises. Lamara is a chemist. But before the invention of tubes with finished paint, all artists were a bit chemists. They themselves …

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Symbols in Art. Are Flowers and a Mirror Always Just Flowers and a Mirror

It is difficult to find a painting or sculpture in which there would be no symbols, that is, hidden meanings. Yes, symbolism is a very common phenomenon in art. The artists depicted a lily flower next to Saint Mary, as a symbol of her purity. We see such a flower in the 14th century altarpiece …

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The Great Wave by Hokusai. What is the secret of its popularity

The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai is the most famous work of an oriental master around the world. This image is so popular that it has covered millions of mugs, jewelry, and T-shirts. In terms of the number of copies, it can easily compete with Botticelli’s “Venus” and the angels of Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna”. How …

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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 look closely at the abandoned icons that were gathering dust in …

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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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