Encyclopedia of Styles
Orphism was invented by Robert Delaunay, because he felt too tight within Cubism. The opportunity to experiment with shape fascinated Delaunay much less than playing with light and colour. Orphism is characterized by concentric circles and discs of contrasting colours that create a sense of movement and rhythm. Orphist paintings are either painted on a plane, or represent an intersection of…
The class of Pavel Chistyakov. The great teacher and his brilliant students in the memoirs of artists
Serov, Surikov, Vrubel, Vasnetsov, Repin, Polenov, Savinsky, Borisov-Musatov, Grabar are famous Chistyakovites who went through the tough school of Pavel Petrovich at various times. The teacher’s sentences that have become aphorisms, the student works of the authors of future masterpieces, their memories — all these shows the image of the teacher so extraordinary that one would like to enroll in…
Tetyana Yablonska: create for life and live for art
Tetyana Yablonska possessed an inexhaustible love of life and optimism, which allowed the artist to maintain her strength and desire to paint even under the most difficult circumstances. Her energy was always in full swing, she could paint a picture in two days at a very old age, when she was already over eighty. And in her youth, she was reproached with the fact that she drove her car and motor…
Events and expositions
10 scariest paintings according to Arthive readers
The most creepy works were chosen out of 122. In the top ten appeared two paintings by Vereshchagin. And Goya, contrary to expectations, lost his first place. To whom?!
Vasily Polenov's travel blog: Italy, Germany, France, England
Polenov first found himself abroad not too early — at the age of 28. During his pensioner’s trip, he managed to visit Germany and Switzerland, live in Italy and France, and visit England on the fly. At 32, he went to the Serbian-Turkish front and saw Bulgaria, Austria-Hungary, Serbia. And at the age of 37 and 54, he took two eastern trips to Turkey, Greece, Syria, Egypt and Palestine. Not only…
"Women of Algiers" overcame Freud
"Women of Algiers (Version O)" by Pablo Picasso set a new world record as the most expensive painting sold at auction. On May 12, 2015 at Christie's auction in New York they paid more than $179 million for it. Previously, the most expensive work sold at auction was Francis Bacon's triptych " Three Studies for Portrait of Lucian Freud". In November 2013, it was auctioned at Christie's for $142.4 million, taking the priority from Edward Munch’s "Scream".