Encyclopedia of Painting
Pop art is an art movement that originated in the mid-1950s in the UK, but became widespread mostly in the United States. Pop art became a daring challenge to traditional painting, as it relied on the images from popular culture, including advertising, comics, everyday objects and news. Moreover, the emergence of pop art in the United States was a reaction to the seriousness and pointlessness of…
Realism (from late Latin reālis — “real”) is considered to be the beginning in the development of modern art. In a strict sense, “realism” is an art movement that faithfully and objectively reproduces reality in all its details, regardless of how beautiful are the objects in the picture.
Love story in paintings. Henri Matisse and Lydia Délectorskaya
Their relationship had no future. A successful French artist of 63 and an unknown Russian emigrant of 22. At the time of their meeting, Matisse was married for 39 years with his faithful Amélie, who raised him two sons and an illegitimate daughter. Although, the artist preferred southern-type models, for the last 22 years of his life, his heart belonged to the blue-eyed and fair-haired “Snow…
The origins of this genre are oriental outline engravings. Lubok appeared in Europe in the 15th century, and in Russia in the 17th century. It gained popularity among peasants and city dwellers. Its authors were real masters of both epithets, illustration, and caricature. Vivid pictures with simple figures and simple, often humorous, captions are an example of the Russian folk artists’ product…
Modernism is a whole complex of changes and processes that took place in culture, art, literature, architecture in the second half of the 19th — the first half of the 20th century.
The Da Vinci Cat
Leonardo da Vinci enjoyed watching cats and sketching their varying moods and postures. Judging by eight preparatory sketches, he planned to create Madonna with an Infant and a Cat. It is clear from his sketch from the British Museum why the painting itself never materialized: this combination of models was a troublesome one. Leonardo has brilliantly caught the struggle between infant and cat, but the sketches he made were obviously dashed off at high speed. It must have dawned on him that any attempt to keep the cat there for the many hours needed for a detailed portrait painting would be doomed to failure. As a result, we have been robbed of a finished painting of a cat by the grand master.