Etching techniques in modern graphics
The story of the bookplate gives us an example of an amazing, but fairly common metamorphosis. Born as an ordinary utilitarian owner’s signature, the bookplate turned into an independent section…

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How to form a collection of paintings
Buying a painting for a collection? Some tips Perhaps you have been presented with a painting or you have acquired one or more paintings and want to make a collection.…

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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…

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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 tradition are illuminated by his painting, The Procession of the Sacred Bull of Anubis?

Frederick Arthur Bridgman is known for his paintings on the theme of the East. At the age of five, he stated that he decided to become an artist, and at sixteen he dropped out of school and began his career as an engraver at the American Banknote Company. However, this work soon bored Arthur, and in 1866 he went to Paris to study with the artist and sculptor Jean — Leon Gerome at the School of Fine Arts. In 1873 he went to North Africa.

In Africa, Bridgman worked for five years, creating hundreds of sketches and collecting artifacts and costumes. Bridgman painted the East and Africa magnificent, mysterious, luxurious and, most importantly, realistic. His images of exotic people and cultures fascinated Americans and Europeans throughout the 1880s. Subsequently, Bridgman created many more oriental paintings from memory, Continue reading

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 Continue reading

GLASS MODERN EMIL GALLE

Emil Galle (1846 – 1904) became the main figure for glassmaking of the Art Nouveau era. His work refracted the traditions of European and Eastern art, giving rise to a completely new style that combined deep symbolism, close attention to nature, an infinite variety of techniques, amazing freedom and sophistication of form. Emil Galle was born in Nancy, a small city in Lorraine, in the family of an entrepreneur who was engaged in the trade and production of glass and earthenware. Emil Galle’s career began with work at a family business. He later collaborated with the Burgun, Schwerer & Co. factory in Meisenthal. Already in 1867, Halle created an art studio, and in 1894 he headed his glass production in Nancy. If in the early period of his work Halle created mainly sketches of dishes from transparent colorless material with engraving or painting, then in his studio he begins a series of technological experiments. As a result, many new techniques were invented and patented, old technologies were revived, and an unprecedentedly diverse palette of shades of colored glass was created. In 1882, Emil Galle began the production of laminated glass material, which became one of the symbols of Art Nouveau. The most important subject of multilayer decor was engraving, which could be carried out mechanically (wheel engraving) or chemical (etching). The pinnacle of Halle’s work was cameo glass, a laminated glass onto which the Continue reading

ENGLISH AQUAREL, PAINTING OF OLD MASTERS
Watercolor is often called the most moody and unpredictable technique. This is due to many nuances of the behavior of water-based paints. An artist inexperienced in watercolor painting, even observing…

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How the world's most famous paintings were created: Intriguing stories of paintings by great artists
Grigory Landau, a journalist and philosopher, once said this: “Art is a dialogue in which the interlocutor is silent.” Painting is a subtle art, allegorical, emotional, giving freedom in interpretation.…

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Why is the famous painting by Botticelli "Spring" called a mythological mystery
The painting "Spring" ("Primavera") was called a "mythological mystery", and critics did not agree on the meaning of the canvas: an allegory of a wedding or a fertile season? The…

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EXCLIBRES OF MASONS
For a long time, the construction of huge cathedrals continued in the Middle Ages. Builders settled in the immediate vicinity of the construction site, gradually entering into close relations with…

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