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Ideal Palace by Ferdinand Cheval

Ideal Palace by Ferdinand Cheval

Ideal Palace by Ferdinand Cheval


A unique structure, designed and built by one man – a simple rural postman Ferdinand Cheval – is in the south-east of France, in Provence. For thirty-three years, from 1879 to 1912, he collected heavy stones and single-handedly built his dream – the Ideal Palace, a building that had never been seen anywhere else. Cheval worked at night, and continued to deliver mail in the afternoon.
Ferdinand Cheval was born in 1836. At the age of 13, the boy was forced to leave school and get a job in a bakery. Then Cheval became a postman. Every day Ferdinand walked 25 km to the surrounding villages, delivering postcards, letters, newspapers and magazines.
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Portraits by Fyodor Rokotov

Portraits by Fyodor Rokotov. Self-portrait

Portraits by Fyodor Rokotov. Self-portrait


Fyodor Rokotov was a Russian artist, the largest Moscow portrait painter who worked during the Russian Enlightenment.
Fyodor Stepanovich Rokotov was born in 1730s, Vorontsov’s estate, Russia. It was suggested that Rokotov could be a master’s illegal child, perhaps the son of Prince P. I. Repnin, who gave him freedom in his youth. In 1755, I. I. Shuvalov came to Moscow to recruit gifted young men for the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. He noticed Rokotov and took him to the capital. Probably, the young man entered the Landed Gentry Corps after his arrival in Petersburg. After receiving the rank of captain, he resigned from military service.
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Pearl – gemstone of Moon

Pearl - gemstone of Moon

Pearl – gemstone of Moon


Pearls have been known to man since ancient times. There are many legends explaining the origin of pearls. The nature of the pearl was unknown for a long time. Legends and various stories about pearls can be divided into two groups: some colorfully explain the origin of pearls, and others narrate about its unusual properties. The ancient Greeks believed they were frozen drops of dew. Pliny claimed that the pearls were daughters of mollusks and the moonlight.
Pearls also appear in myths. The ancient Greeks considered it a gemstone of Aphrodite, “born from the foam of the sea”. For the inhabitants of ancient Rome, it personified Venus and was a symbol of love.
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Great sculptures by Vera Mukhina

Great sculptures by Vera Mukhina

Great sculptures by Vera Mukhina


Vera Mukhina was a Soviet sculptor-monumentalist, a member of the Presidium of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. She was an academician of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1947), People’s Artist of the USSR (1943), winner of five Stalin Prizes (1941, 1943, 1946, 1951, 1952). The crater on Venus was named in her honor.
Vera Ignatyevna Mukhina was born on June 19 (July 1), 1889 in Riga (now Latvia) in the family of a well-known merchant and philanthropist Ignatiy Kuzmich Mukhin. The girl spent her childhood in Feodosia. Her mother died from tuberculosis when Vera was two years old. Her father died in 1904 and Vera with her elder sister Maria were hosted by uncles and aunts living in Kursk. Later both girls moved to Moscow, where Vera studied painting at the studios of K.F. Yuon, I.O. Dudin and I.I. Mashkov.
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Mysterious Russian painter Mikhail Vrubel

Mysterious Russian painter Mikhail Vrubel

Mysterious Russian painter Mikhail Vrubel


Mikhail Vrubel was a Russian artist of the turn of the XIX-XX centuries, who worked in virtually all types and genres of fine art: painting, graphics, decorative sculpture and theatrical art. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Vrubel’s paintings became an organic part of Russian Art Nouveau. On November 28, 1905 he was awarded the title of academician of painting.
Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel was born on March 17, 1856 in Omsk, Russian Empire. His younger brother and sister, Ekaterina and Alexander, did not live to adolescence. His mother died of consumption in 1859, when Mikhail was three years old. Mikhail was a weak child and he began to walk only at the age of three.
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Gold – elixir of life

Gold - elixir of life

Gold – elixir of life


Gold is the basis of the world financial system, a symbol of wealth, stability and impeccability. It (like silver) is the first of metals known to man. Archeologists have found gold jewelry in ancient burials. At all times, gold was loved and admired, it was used to create masterpieces, poems and fairy tales were written about it.
The rise of popularity of this solar metal happened in the heyday of the ancient southern civilizations – the Maya, the Aztecs, the peoples of Egypt. All of them not only worshiped gold as a deity, creating great works of art, but also possessed powerful magic techniques that protected their creations from conquerors. And healers of the past used gold even before our era.
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Interesting paintings by Bartolome Murillo

Interesting paintings by Bartolome Murillo

Interesting paintings by Bartolome Murillo


Bartolome Murillo was the leading Spanish painter of the Golden Age, the head of the Seville school.
Bartolome Esteban Murillo was born in Seville and was baptized on January 1, 1618. At the age of 11 the boy orphaned and lived with his relative, the painter Juan del Castillo.
At 17 Murillo was painting small, religious compositions for the Latin American market.
The desire to improve led him to Madrid, where his countryman, Velazquez, gave him the opportunity to study and copy the works of Titian, Rubens, van Dyck and Ribera in the royal palaces. 1642-1645 remain the most mysterious years in the life of Murillo.
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Surrealist paintings by Rene Magritte

Surrealist paintings by Rene Magritte

Surrealist paintings by Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte was a Belgian artist, Surrealist painter. He is famous for bizarre images depicted in a realistic manner.
Rene Francois Chislain Magritte was born on November 21, 1890 in Lessines, Belgium. At the age of 12 he began drawing and painting. Rene attended informal art classes in Chatelet. In 1912 Magritte’s mother drowned herself, and the family moved to Charleroi.
At age 15, at the local fair, he met a girl named Georgette Berger. They married in 1922.
From 1916 to 1918 Magritte studied at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. In 1919, he exhibited his first canvas, Three Women, a Cubistic picture.
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Fairy tale paintings by Viktor Vasnetsov

Fairy tale paintings by Viktor Vasnetsov. Snegurochka.1899

Fairy tale paintings by Viktor Vasnetsov. Snegurochka.1899


Viktor Vasnetsov was a Russian painter and architect, master of historical and folk painting. Artist Apollinary Vasnetsov was his younger brother.
Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov was born on May 15, 1848 in Vyatka province into the family of a village priest. When he was 10 years old, he was sent to Vyatka theological school and then he moved to the seminary. But it was very boring for him at school and seminary. He loved his native nature, the forests in which he grew up, loved to listen to the bylinas and ancient legends about the struggle of the people with the enemies, the stories of fellow countrymen who had visited large cities. From an early age, the future artist tried to sketch what he saw around.
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Wonderful Seascapes by Ivan Aivazovsky

Wonderful Seascapes by Ivan Aivazovsky. The Ninth Wave

Wonderful Seascapes by Ivan Aivazovsky. The Ninth Wave


The creative work of Ivan Aivazovsky is a remarkable phenomenon. He was a romantic who sharply felt the beauty of the sea, and was able to convey it in bright pictorial images. He had painted about 6000 pictures. He is the most outstanding artist of Armenian origin of the XIX century. His brother Gabriel Aivazovsky was an Armenian historian and archbishop of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (his real name was Hovhannes Ayvazyan) was born on July 17 (29), 1817 in Feodosia. Since childhood he had artistic and musical abilities; in particular, he independently learned to draw and play the violin. Theodosius architect Yakov Khristianovich Koch, who first drew attention to the artistic abilities of the boy, gave him the first lessons.
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