Encyclopedia of Styles
Steampunk is one of the brightest representatives of the retro-futuristic branch of science fiction. Initially it emerged as a subgenre of literature, but later it has quickly spread beyond literary borders, turned into a separate subculture, and now the term is mostly used in design.
Factory Girl: parade of caricatures
Why do some critics call it the worst art film in the history of cinema?
Alice from Wonderland in Lewis Carroll’s photos and drawings
On 4 July 1862, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson createed an incredible tale of Alice’s adventures. Today we compare the story of the real and the fairytale heroines, looking at numerous photos of Alice Liddell, taken by Lewis Carroll himself, and leafing through the manuscript of the book with his illustrations. Do they look alike?
The Bavarian Rose — Empress Sissi. Ceremonial Portraits, Drama, Life
If Elizabeth of Bavaria really posed for every artist who preserved her image for history, she would have spent most of her life doing this. But the beautiful Sissi, the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, was panicky afraid to grow old and lose her attractiveness. Therefore, after 35 years, she almost did not take pictures, and there are probably few portraits painted from life later than this period. All of her later images are believed to be retouched photographs taken at a young age. The Bavarian Rose (she was from Bavaria) was painted by many artists, one of them, Franz the Magnificent, as they called Winterhalter, made the most famous portrait of the Empress Sissi.
Miracles just around: early works of 15 famous artists with their signature style
What do the early works by Picasso, Pollock, Rothko and other artists, whose mature style we unmistakably recognize, look like? We compare the first experiments of geniuses and works demonstrating their own style. You will be surprised and find that even the most inveterate abstractionist can draw well...
Polka-dotted artwork rescues a Japanese artist
The third place on the list of the most expensive living female artists is taken by Yayoi Kusama with her polka dots obsession. There are polka dots on her canvases, objects and even people... Actually, "obsession" here is far from being a metaphor: the Japanese artist admitted herself into a psychiatric hospital and confessed: "I am deeply terrified by the obsessions crawling over my body, whether they come from within me or from outside. I fluctuate between feelings of reality and unreality. My artwork is an expression of my life, particularly of my mental disease. If it wasn't for art, I would have killed myself long ago." Indeed, the saving art is polka-dotted.