Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe

Big Clouds. Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe, 1893. The Indianapolis Museum of Art

Big Clouds. Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe (1862-1926), 1893. The Indianapolis Museum of Art

Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe Originally from a French-speaking bourgeois family of architects, he began studying art in Ghent and then in Brussels. His first paintings were classical. However, later influenced by Neo-Impressionist theories, and the newest tendencies in European art, he moved toward impressionism. Also, Rysselberghe had become friendly with the most prominent artists of the time. In particular, Seurat, Signac and Cross.
IOn fact, he began to practice divisionism in his portrait painting using small dots of different sizes on a canvas. Practicing this divisionist technique, known as pointillism, until about 1910, he, however, returned to classic style at the end of his life.
Rysselberghe often went abroad, mostly to Morocco, but finally had settled in Paris in 1898. Noteworthy, he had a great influence on the development of’ Neo-Impressionism in Belgium. A retrospective exhibition of his works took place in 1927 in Brussels, a year after his death.
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Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

The Kept, Middlebury Magazine. Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

The Kept, Middlebury Magazine. Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

Italian Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso
Twin sisters born in a small town of Udine, Italy, Anna and Elena Balbusso’s interest in art started at an early age. According to them, they remember themselves drawing at the age of three. Having finished art school and high school in their home town, the sisters entered the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In the 1990s, they became members ofy the Italian Illustrators Association. Since 1998 they have been working as a team doing freelance illustration with the unique signature ANNA+ELENA=BALBUSSO.
The artwork of freelance illustrators Anna and Elena appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, and exhibited in numerous art exhibitions and galleries in Italy, France, U.S., UK, Canada, and the Republic of Korea.
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Abe Toshiyuki hyperrealistic watercolors

Abe Toshiyuki hyperrealistic watercolors

Herbs in the snowy field. Abe Toshiyuki hyperrealistic watercolors

Abe Toshiyuki hyperrealistic watercolors
Born in 1959 in Sakata, Abe Toshiyuki is a talented Japanese watercolorist who received his artistic education at the National University. And after graduation he worked as a teacher of drawing and painting for about 20 years. According to Toshiyuki, his long-standing desire to become an artist made him leave teaching in 2008 to concentrate on the dream of his life. Currently Toshiyuki Abe is intensively working as an artist and takes an active part in art exhibitions.
Noteworthy, for his incredible painting the artist has got several prestigious awards. “In my works I focus on the nuances and subtleties of the simple things that surround us”. Traditionally, the Japanese show a deep love and respect for nature, and their painting reflects the poetic description of fragility of nature. And this same idea – largely expressed in Abe Toshiyuki hyperrealistic watercolors.
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The Tale of Tsar Saltan

The Tale of Tsar Saltan. Painting by Valery Arkhipov

Once upon a time in a faraway kingdom, three sisters, sitting at the window, were talking what they would do if they were married to Tsar Saltan. The Tale of Tsar Saltan. Painting by Valery Arkhipov

The Tale of Tsar Saltan
In fact, the complete name of a famous Russian fairy tale written by Alexander Pushkin, is long. In particular, The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of His Son, the Glorious and Mighty Knight Prince Guidon Saltonovich, and of the Fair Swan-Princess.
Once upon a time in a faraway kingdom, three sisters, sitting at the window, were talking what they would do if they were married to Tsar Saltan. One sister said that she would prepare a great feast for the entire world. The second sister said that she would weave linen for the entire world. The youngest sister said that she would give the tsar “a handsome and strong son”. It so happened that the tsar overheard the conversation, and loved the words of the last maiden. He soon asked her to be his wife. The other sisters were given jobs as a cook and a weaver.
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Fine art nature photographer Christina Rollo

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird and pink zinnia flower. Fine art nature photographer Christina Rollo

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird and pink zinnia flower. Fine art nature photographer Christina Rollo

Fine art nature photographer Christina Rollo
Born and grew up in New York, Christina Rollo is a talented American fine art photographer. Since childhood Christina has always been passionate about fauna and flora, which penetrated and developed her artistic nature. She used to explore the beautiful landscape areas and spending most of her free time outdoors. According to Christina, while walking through the woods she took lots of pictures of wild animals, insects, plants, as well as a variety of other memorable images. These stunning images took her countless hours of observing and learning about all living things around her. Christina is a successful and a happy photographer because she does things which bring her joy and satisfaction.
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Chinese artist Sun Jianlin

Painting by Chinese artist Sun Jianlin

A woman in traditional clothing. Painting by Chinese artist Sun Jianlin

Chinese artist Sun Jianlin
Born in 1942, in Changsha (Hunan Province) Sun Jianlin is a talented Chinese arttist. Influenced by Chinese culture since childhood, he started to learn painting at the age of 13. Then, graduated from the Theatrical Art Department of Hunan Academy of Fine Arts. Involved in various forms of painting, he is developing middle-aged and traditional Chinese painting, experimenting with design, folk art, Western art, etc.
Sun Jianlin’s paintings are colorful and have a strong flavor of life. He exhibited his works in China and Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, India, and Japan. Besides, several publications and illustrated albums featured his works.
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Russian landscape painter Konstantin Kryzhitsky

Zvenigorod. Painting by Russian landscape painter Konstantin Kryzhitsky

Zvenigorod. Painting by Russian landscape painter Konstantin Kryzhitsky (1859-1911)

Russian landscape painter Konstantin Kryzhitsky

Born in 1859, Konstantin Yakovlevich Kryzhitsky received a general education at the Kiev real school. Then, enrolled in 1877 in the Imperial Academy of Arts and worked there under the guidance of Professor Baron M. Klodt. Graduated academic course in 1884 with the rank of class artist I degree, he received a small gold medal, awarded to him for his painting “The Oaks”. And in 1889 Kryzhitsky got the academic degree.
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