“Moonlit Night on the Dnieper”: Why did the audience look for a light bulb behind Kuindzhi’s picture
The picture "Moonlit Night on the Dnieper" can be safely called the most famous masterpiece of the Russian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi - one of the greatest Russian landscape painters of…

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Dynasty of artists of Bellini
The Bellini Dynasty (father of Jacopo Bellini and his sons Gentile and Giovanni) laid the foundations of Renaissance art in Venice. The Bellini family is always remembered when it comes…

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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…

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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 make it attractive and harmonious. Nevertheless, the main difference of our time is a clear division into useful and demon, functional and decorative, necessary and not so.

A wealthy Renaissance homeowner could hardly have imagined such a fractional picture. In his understanding, the ideal home was to harmoniously combine architecture, functionality and decor. Works of art were an integral part of the equation, testifying not only to the individuality of their owner, but also about his position in society, the size of his condition, the diversity of interests and the presence or absence of taste. Behind all this was a person’s desire to turn his life into art, to give it the greatest possible integrity, not to miss a single essential element, be it household items, sculptural composition, painting or an elegant piece of furniture.

Today, art has become much more accessible and much more diverse than before. However, the perception of works of art, in particular, painting and graphics, still gives off shades of elitism, despite the fact that it gradually penetrates into all spheres of our life, among which one of the most traditional is interior decoration. Such an inattentive attitude to decorating our own home or workplace has deep roots in our very desire to be effective, fast and functional. Denying our feelings and emotions, we deprive ourselves of the most vivid life colors, just as a thoughtful interior without decorative elements remains cold and impersonal.

The perception of art is strictly individual. A painting in an interior is always a personal story, which everyone sees in different ways. Looking at the bookshelf, you can say a lot about the person who lives in this space. How much brighter can be the story told in canvases, graphics or photographs! Take off your space of these critical elements and you will instantly feel disoriented.

What story do you personally want to tell? The picture is able to completely transform your interior, and with it your mood. What would you like to see in your bedroom, opening your eyes in the morning? It can be a calming landscape that reminds you of your childhood, or a wonderful phantasmagoria that fills you with energy and the desire to create. What parts of yourself would you like to manifest outside, reflect in the color or play of chiaroscuro?
The choice of painting for the home should, first of all, be based on an emotional response. If you choose an object of art for love (or it chooses you), be sure that its effect will only increase over time, filling you with positive vibrations, and space with an atmosphere of comfort. The right weight and the right place will give your interior integrity and a completely different value. With each new painting you seem to expand the scope of the interior, give it a variety of shades of meaning, filling the space with yourself and your projections more and more.

Image size is important. One big picture can become a serious statement and subjugate all other elements of the interior, for example, in a spacious room with a small amount of objects. Graphic works can be placed in whole groups, creating unobtrusive centers of gravity in different places. The graphics are attractive not only because it fits perfectly into any interior, but also because of their amazing detail. I want to consider it for a long time and thoughtfully, plunging into a special state of mind, distracting from obsessive thoughts and everyday worries.

And, of course, the picture should interact with other participants in the interior. Glass, metal and cool hues in the hi-tech style are perfectly combined with modern painting and photography, the works of honored masters of realistic art perfectly fit both in the classic interior and in the modern space, whether it is a retro-style living room or a spacious study.

The versatility of interior painting, still lifes and landscapes deserves a special word. The interiors in the paintings and graphics have a special magic. Within a separate dwelling, they look like windows into another world. A room with such a painting becomes a kind of portal to other worlds: whether it be a theatrical stage, a summer porch penetrated by the sun, or an elegant living room.
Landscape is a special genre healing common urban claustrophobia. Nature in all its splendor bursts into your space, dousing it with sunbeams, filling it with the smell of sea salt or wet grass. The variety and originality of modern still life painting is simply amazing. This modest genre has long gone beyond strict decorativeness, encompassing not only philosophical, but also metaphysical dimensions.

Engraving: concept, essence.
Engraving is the youngest of the visual arts. If the origin of painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture is lost in prehistoric epochs, then the appearance of engraving is more or less…

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GOLDEN AGE OF THE ENGLISH AQUARIAN SCHOOL.
The works of the masters of the Georgian era, who vividly demonstrated the picturesque possibilities of watercolors, honed the already known technical methods and created many new ones, led to…

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"Portrait of Madame X"
When John Singer Sargent unveiled his portrait of a woman in black in 1884, Parisian society literally broke out with indignation. The artist was forced to leave the country, and…

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Engraving Techniques
But circulation is only one of the properties of engraving. Engraving is a special kind of fine art and it has its own language, its aesthetics, its capabilities, which are…

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