"Princess Dream": why did the imperial academy reject the picture of Vrubel?
This magnificent panel is called the most famous in Moscow. Panel, which was approved by the emperor himself, but rejected by the Academy of Arts. What did Princess Dreams like…

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The mystery of the ancient ceremony in the picture of Bridgman: "The procession of the bull Anubis"
Frederick Arthur Bridgman is one of the most popular Orientalist painters. He created a canvas that carries the viewer in the time of Ancient Egypt. What secrets of the Egyptian…

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The mystery of the ancient ceremony in the picture of Bridgman: "The procession of the bull Anubis"
Frederick Arthur Bridgman is one of the most popular Orientalist painters. He created a canvas that carries the viewer in the time of Ancient Egypt. What secrets of the Egyptian…

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less predictable

Antoine Jean Grou

In June 1835, a man’s body was caught from the Seine River in the vicinity of the town of Medon. An investigation has established the identity and circumstances that led to this sad incident. The deceased turned out to be the artist Antoine-Jean Gros, the official painter of Napoleon I. Having survived his main customer and employer for fourteen years, Gros brought an end to his life – when he realized that he had changed the cause of his life.

Career Despite Revolution

At the time of his death, he was 64 years old. The life path of Antoine-Jean Gros fell on dramatic and difficult times for France. He achieved much in his profession – to be at the mercy of one of the greatest European rulers, to gain his trust and to create for decades his image for contemporaries and descendants, a heroic and idealized image – all this could not be considered a real success.

Antoine-Jean was born March 16, 1771 in Paris in the family of a miniature painter. These were the times of the absolute monarchy, and the rococo style reigned in art, and the younger Gro at first prepared the same future as Continue reading

CHOOSE A CANVAS FOR PAINTING

I, as a restorer, are categorically against self-gluing and priming by the artist as a canvas. I hope it’s not worth explaining why. However, if you are still sure (I emphasize, sure! Most of my clients thought that they were sure) in their formulas and hands, then I will answer the two most asked questions: which uncoated canvases are the best and the better to glue an uncoated canvas.
Unprimed canvas needs to be bought exceptionally dense and without knots. Rare nodal canvases do not last long, even despite their high-quality gluing and primer.
Surprisingly, many classics of the still Soviet painting technique in their works of half a century relevance repeatedly mentioned this circumstance, however, our classical school stubbornly does not want to see the Continue reading

Meeting with the Master

About a trip to the exhibition of May Volfovich Danzig, held at the National Museum of Belarus in Minsk in the fall of 2015 and dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Master.
We planned a trip to the anniversary exhibition of the national artist of Belarus May Volfovich Danzig at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus from the very moment we learned that it will be held in the fall of 2015. I really wanted to get to the Opening of the exhibition on October 15, but our own exhibition in Moscow did not allow this to be done. However, this turned out to be for the better. Firstly, we came to the museum on a rainy weekday exactly 10 minutes after its opening, and although there was already a small queue at the box office, there Continue reading

MODERN PORTRAIT EXCLIBRIS
Portrait bookplate - one of the oldest types of book characters - appeared after the stamp. The first engraved bookplate is considered the emblem of the knight Bernhardt von Rohrbach,…

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Life in art. Pictures in your home and office
What fundamentally different modern approach to home design from previous periods? A resident of a modern metropolis pays great attention to the functionality of his home, of course, seeks to…

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FIXING CANVAS OF PICTURE CANVAS
Deformations and the degree of deformation of the canvas can be very different, they depend both on the technology of the material and on the reasons that caused one or…

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George Washington Book Sign
George Washington was commander in chief of the continental army during the Revolutionary War in 1775-1781 and the first president of the United States in 1789-1897. Naturally, the bookplate of…

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