Claude Oscar Monet was born in Paris on November 14, 1840. When the future artist was five years old, his family moved to the port city of Le Havre on the Normandy coast, where Monet spent his childhood and early youth. At school, Monet mediocre in all subjects, except for one – drawing, where Claude showed the innate talent of the artist, and first of all as a cartoonist. At 15, he was already selling his caricatures and even gained some fame locally. Around the same time, Monet met the artist Eugene Boudin, who convinced Claude to practice on landscapes, and the young Monet discovered that this was his vocation. Buden loved to write in nature, because he believed that only in this way could the artist see what he had seen in all purity and freshness. Monet was fascinated by this idea, and subsequently it became one of the cornerstones, both for the artist’s own work and for the whole of impressionism as a whole. Continue reading
The term baroque has many meanings in the history of art. Among them are narrower, to designate artistic styles in the art of various countries of the XVII-XVIII centuries, or broader ones – to define the ever-renewing tendencies of a restless, romantic attitude, thinking in expressive, dynamic forms, or generally as a poetic metaphor: “Baroque man” , “Baroque”, “Baroque world”, “Baroque life”. Finally, in every time, almost every historical art style finds its “baroque period”. Continue reading
The Arkhip Kuindzhi exhibition opened in the Tretyakov Gallery, bringing together more than 180 works by the artist and presenting his work from a new perspective – as a forerunner of modernism, which revealed in painting the possibilities of light effects that excite art today. Igor Grebelnikov reports.
The exposition on two floors of the Corps of Engineers is conditionally divided into the “earthly” Kuindzhi with its landscapes written mostly during the day (Valaam and Crimean species, single pines, birch groves, dark oak forests, various states of nature after the rain), and “elevated”, mysterious, mystical. It is dusk, evenings, sunsets, “nights on the Dnieper”, rainbows, clouds and completely out of the general landscape row “Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane”. Continue reading