Paintings

“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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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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The Swing by Fragonard. The central masterpiece of the Rococo era

You don’t always feel like watching insightful paintings. Sometimes you want something light and airy. Let’s say, an art dessert. Like marshmallows with creme brulee flavor. Or whipped cream with berry syrup. Of course, the most “dessert” paintings works in the Rococo style. And the most famous of them is the Swing by Jean–Honore Fragonard (1732-1806). A girl in a peach dress look like a strawberry on a bouffant meringue and cream cake. What is Fragonard’s Swing so precious? You shouldn’t treat …

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The Birth of Venus by Botticelli. The secret of divine beauty

We see Venus – the marvelous goddess. The wind gods Zephyr and Aura are driving the shell to the shore. Where the seasons nymph Ora is waiting to cover her with a flower-patterned veil. Venus is incredibly beautiful. This is one of the most enchanting images of the Renaissance era. If the goddess of love really existed, she would look just like this. She couldn’t be more beautiful. But for the feet that Botticelli always shows in a special way. Apart from that, you …

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Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt. Why it’s a masterpiece

Return of the Prodigal Son. Old father’s mind is at peace again. His youngest son has come back. He doesn’t hesitate to forgive him for the dissipated heritage. No reproaches. Only mercy. All-forgiving parental love. And what about the son? He reached the depths of despair. Poor and ragged, he forgot his pride. He fell …

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7 Most Famous Paintings of Russian Artists

These paintings are known to every Russian person since childhood. They are an integral part of Russian culture. And if you are interested in it, it is important to know these pictures. 1. The Last Day of Pompeii by Karl Bryullov (1833) The Russians learn about the tragedy of Pompey primarily dueto Karl Bryullov (1799-1852). …

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Lion Hunt by Rubens. Emotions, Dynamics and Luxury “in one Bottle”

How to combine chaos with harmony? How to make mortal danger beautiful? How to depict movement on a fixed canvas? Peter Paul Rubens knew how to do it all masterly. And all these seemingly incompatible things we see in his painting “Lion Hunt”. The Lion Hunt and Baroque If you love baroque, then most likely …

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The Calling of St. Matthew by Caravaggio. The most Unusual Painting of the Master

The Calling of St. Matthew is one of Caravaggio’s most unusual paintings. It made a sensation among contemporaries of the master. Even now, it seems extraordinary. Christ is not at the center. On the contrary – in the very corner of the picture. In the shadow. And almost completely hidden by another figure! But we …

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The Starry Night of Van Gogh. 5 unexpected facts about the picture.

The Starry Night is one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings. What is so unusual about it? Why, once you see, you will not forget it? What kind of air vortices are depicted in the sky? Why are stars so big? And how did the painting, which Van Gogh considered unsuccessful, become a reference masterpiece …

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“Madonna Litta” by Leonardo da Vinci. Unusual details of the masterpiece

Madonna Litta. A loving mother holds her child. He sucks a breast. Virgin Mary is beautiful. The baby is strikingly like a mother. He looks at us with a serious look. The small picture is 42 x 33 cm (1.4 x 1.1 ft). But it is monumental. The capacious space of the canvas contains something …

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