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Andy Warhol – pioneer American pop artist

Andy Warhol - pioneer American pop artist

Andy Warhol – pioneer American pop artist


Andy Warhol was a pioneer American pop artist and film maker. His paintings delighted the art public and brought him fame. He was a commercial designer, painter, printmaker, filmmaker, and publisher.
His real name was Andrew Warhola. He was born on August 6, 1928 in Forest City, Pennsylvania. Andy was the son of a construction worker and miner from Czechoslovakia. In 1945-1949, he attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh and received a bachelor of fine arts degree in pictorial design. In 1949 Warhol arrived in New York City, where he drew illustrations for advertisements. His shoe advertisement brought him the Art Directors’ Club Medal in 1957. His work appeared in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines.
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Portraits by Russian painter Peter Sokolov

Portraits by Russian painter Peter Sokolov. Count N.A. Samoilov

Portraits by Russian painter Peter Sokolov. Count N.A. Samoilov


Peter Sokolov was a Russian painter, known for portraits of secular personalities of the first half of the XIX century.
Peter Fyodorovich Sokolov was born in 1791 into a wealthy Moscow family. The father, an avid gambler, lost the house and all the property. So, in 1800 his wife with her young son was forced to go to St. Petersburg. In 1800, Peter became a student at the Imperial Academy of Arts and studied there under the close guidance of Professor V. Shebuev.
In 1809 the artist received a small gold medal for the painting “Andromache mourns her fallen husband Hector”.
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Peasant life by Grigory Myasoedov

Peasant life by Grigory Myasoedov. Haymakers

Peasant life by Grigory Myasoedov. Haymakers


Grigory Myasoedov was a Russian painter, one of the most outstanding representatives of Russian realism of the second half of the XIX century, the founder of the Association of Travelling Art Exhibits (Peredvizhniki). The main theme of his paintings is peasant life.
Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov was born on April 19, 1834 in Pankovo village, Tula Province. He studied at the Orel gymnasium, and then entered the Academy of Arts, where his professors were T.A. Neff and A.T. Markov. In 1861, Myasoedov received a small gold medal for the painting Greetings to the Young, and the following year he received a big gold medal for the program The Flight of Gregory Otrepyev from the Inn (scene from Boris Godunov by Pushkin).
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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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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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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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Mysterious paintings by Hieronymus Bosch

Mysterious paintings by Hieronymus Bosch

Mysterious paintings by Hieronymus Bosch


Hieronymus Bosch was a Dutch artist. In his paintings he created a highly original world with a moral message. His works are often based on Christian writings. Bosch used his works to present his views on human sin and its consequences.
Hieronymus Bosch (his real name was Jeroen Anthoniszoon) was born in 1450 in Hertogenbosch, where he spent most of his life. Both his grandfather and father were painters.
Sometime before 1481 he married Aleyt Goyaerts van den Meervenne.
In 1504 Philip the Handsome, Archduke of Austria, commissioned him to paint a Last Judgment, which has not survived.
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