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Surreal vintage collages by Eugenia Loli

Surreal vintage collages by Eugenia Loli. Bloomy Kiss. From the series of collages 'Oh, L'amour'

Bloomy Kiss. From the series of collages ‘Oh, L’Amour’. Surreal vintage collages by Eugenia Loli

Surreal vintage collages by Eugenia Loli
Collage prints by Eugenia Loli transform our reality and build up exciting new worlds. They can tease, giving us the opportunity to plunge into a visual narrative surrealist tale. According to the artist, she is from Greece, but for many years has been living in California. Meanwhile, through her work Eugenia Loli tries to “say” something, and it is very important to her. Besides, she wants to know that for the vast majority her work has meaning.
“I usually create a genre, “narrative” stage in my collages. Sometimes the scene is witty or sarcastic, sometimes causing horrendous sense of danger. I give the viewer the freedom of imagination and fill in the gaps of the storyline”, says Eugenia Loli.
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Art Nouveau jewelry

Art Nouveau jewelry

Pine cones by Rene Lalique. Art Nouveau jewelry

Art Nouveau jewelry
An artistic style in European and American art of the late 19th and early 20th century, Art Nouveau (Modern) was the rejection of straight lines and angles in favor of a more natural smooth movement of curved lines. Stylistic originality based on Art Nouveau ornamental wavy lines of natural forms of flora and fauna. Also, Art Nouveau lines often resemble dancing, undulating arabesques, imbued with an organic energy and vitality of plants. And the source of ideas for Art Nouveau artists was nature. The most common topic was the bud (the symbol of the emergence of new life) and exotic plants with long stems and pale flowers. In preference were lilies, irises and orchids. In grand fashion were images of women with an incredibly long, flowing hair.
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Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

19th century dish “Mermaid”. Hand-painted in the style of Russian Art Nouveau. Dish with the effect of craquelure, on the back side of the dish is an old patina. Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

Traditional Russian wood painting by Albina Ustyugova

According to painter and restorer Albina Ustyugova, she has been working in traditional wood painting for over 20 years. Interested in the Byzantine and Old Russian ornament, Albina Ustyugova loves Russian nouveau, paints and ages new things. In her art gallery – lots of vintage items that master restores and paints. These are unique everyday objects: spinning wheels, Rubel, rocker, dishes, collars, pail and other rustic utensils.
Albina Ustyugova is an architect, member of the International Art Fund. She has participated in exhibitions in Russia and abroad. Her works are in private collections around the world. Albina has a wide variety of styles of traditional Russian painting: Boretsky, Permogorsky, Mezensky, Gorodetsky, and many others.
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Vintage body art

Vintage body art

Painted legs resemble stockings, retro photo of early XX century, USA

Vintage body art in the USA
Skillfully painted legs of this woman resemble stockings, in fact her legs are painted by an unknown artist. Such delicate body art was very popular among glamorous women of the early XX century in the United States. In contrast to our time, this body art was a forced measure, because in the first half of the 20th century, women walking without stocking in the street could be fined. Later painted stockings were also due to the unavailability of silk and nylon during WWII. That is why in summer, women of that time found a creative solution to this problem.
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Embroidered dance by Jose Romussi

Dance. Anna Pavlova. Embroidered vintage black & white photograph by Chilean artist Jose Romussi

Dance. Anna Pavlova. Embroidered dance by Jose Romussi

Landscape designer by education, Chilean artist Jose Romussi has become known for his embroidered prints and collages. This series of thread art features vintage ballet dancers of the Ballets Russes, who were real stars of the time – Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Alla Shelest, Tamara Karsavina, Olga Spessivtseva, Diana Gould, Susie Presley, Diana Adams.
Inspired by vintage black & white photographs, Romussi uses them as the base for stitching colorful thread lines to the picture, thus giving the old costumes a new vision. Since 2011 the self-taught visual artist Jose Romussi lives and works in Berlin.
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Art Deco Icon Tamara de Lempicka

Art Deco Icon Tamara de Lempicka. Self-portrait in a green Bugatti. 1929 Oil on wood

Art Deco Icon Tamara de Lempicka. Self-portrait in a green Bugatti. 1929 Oil on wood

Impressionist and Modern Art Paintings by Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) has become the most expensive lots sold at auctions, more than some works of Monet and Renoir. In the top the list – 1932 “Portrait of Marjorie Ferry” ($ 4-6 million). The work by Tamara de Lempicka “Portrait of Madame M.” was purchased by an unknown buyer for $ 6.1 million. Her works are found in many video clips of Madonna. One of her paintings was featured in the famous television series Buffy – The Vampire Slayer (Season 5). Jack Nicholson and Barbra Streisand are among art collectors of paintings by Art Deco Icon Tamara de Lempicka. “I live life in the margins of society, and the rules of normal society don’t apply to those who live on the fringe.” — Tamara de Lempicka
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Charles Vyse Porcelain Art

Charles Vyse Porcelain

Porcelain Art by British artist Charles Vyse (1882-1971)

Charles Vyse Porcelain Art includes porcelain characters based on ordinary people seen on London streets of the 18-19th centuries. Charles Vyse (1882-1971) was an English studio potter, known for producing colorful figurines of his contemporaries. He was a hereditary craftsman involved in the pottery industry – his Staffordshire family had traditionally produced fine porcelain goods. Charles started working at age fourteen as a modeller and designer, trained by Henry Doulton and Charles Noke. Henry Doulton saw his talent and sent him to the Hanley Art School. Charles Vyse won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London to study sculpture. In 1911 Charles Vyse became a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. The next year he studied at the Camberwell School of Art.
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