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Clintons Art Nouveau cards

Clintons Art Nouveau cards

Lady in blue. Clintons Art Nouveau cards

Clintons Art Nouveau cards
You probably saw lovely “Clintons” birthday Deco cards featuring a beautiful lady in 1930’s dress on them. But in fact, they are Art Nouveau cards, the style that appeared later. The style of Art Deco is characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes. Anyway, Clintons Art Nouveau cards are gorgeous – sparkling lady wearing a black or pink dress and fancy head dress embellished with glitter and silver foil text. In addition, the style was the first major artistic stylistic movement in which mass-produced graphics played a key role. And a key influence belongs to the Paris-based Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, who, by the way, created a lithographed poster, featuring Sarah Bernhardt.
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Julia Latte coffee painting

Polar Bears. Julia Latte coffee painting

Polar Bears. Julia Latte coffee painting

Julia Latte coffee painting
No wonder that workshop of Moscow based artist Julia Latte filled with the smell of coffee, because she draws with it. Yes, she takes coffee, brush, paper and begins creating. However, she first began experimenting with coffee on paper in 2006. For some reason, she then could not drink coffee, and just to feel favorite flavor decided to try to draw with it. And now she can not stop. In addition, she is also experimenting with cocoa, chicory, vanilla and cinnamon. Sometimes, she combines coffee with watercolor. Meanwhile, Julia Latte is a happy wife, mother and a freelance artist. Since 2012, she belongs to the trade union of artists of Russia.
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Still life painter Oleg Timoshin

Aronia. Still life painter Oleg Timoshin

Aronia. Oil on canvas, 2015. Still life painter Oleg Timoshin

Still life painter Oleg Timoshin was born in the Far East of Russia. Born into an officer’s family, he spent his childhood in a permanent move. Meanwhile, studying in fourth grade, already in Smolensk, he remembers himself to paint with pleasure. And among his classmates he was the best in Art. As a result, on the advice of his teachers, he began to study at the local art school. Then, after finishing art school, Oleg entered the Belarusian State Theatre and Art Institute in Minsk (now the Academy of Fine Arts). Already as a student, he became interested in work of such artists, as Rodchenko, Vesnin brothers, Larionov, Mayakovsky and, in particular, Suprematism. Since 1993, his artistic career continued in Moscow. Besides, in 1995 Oleg became a member of the Moscow Union of Artists. In addition to the mentioned painters, Oleg Timoshin loves Pre-Raphaelite artists, Turner, Levitan, and Serov, and among Europeans – Goya, and Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs.
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Figurative painter Kristen Vestgard

Participants. Oil on canvas. Figurative painter Kristen Vestgard

Participants. Oil on canvas. Norwegian figurative painter Kristen Vestgard

Norwegian figurative painter Kristen Vestgard was born in 1976. In childhood she had dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. And the traces of her dream live in her paintings – slim women with their ephemeral appearance, as well as the mystic atmosphere in which they exist. Kristen Vestgard got her BA in Fine Art studying painting and drawing in Nordfjord, Oslo and Falmouth College in the United Kingdom. She successfully exhibited her paintings in art galleries in London and Norway. The artist as if has left a space for us to interpret the imaginative world of her paintings. In addition, her figures are always female, and they hide their inner world, emotions, thoughts and atmospheres. Besides, Kristen Vestgard compares them to “a diary with no words“. Kristen Vestgard lives with her family in a traditional wooden house in Norway. She is a member of union of Norwegian artists.
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Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai

Mini copy of the paintings of Van Gogh on the boxes of matches

Mini copy of the paintings of Van Gogh on the boxes of matches. Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai

Miniaturist artist Salavat Fidai
When 42-year-old Salavat Fidai left the large trading company he became … a freelance artist. According to him, he was just tired from the office. So, he moved with his family to the village, where he organized a workshop and began to create. As a child Salavat was fond of woodcarving, thanks to his parents, professional artists and teachers. In particular, his mom taught fine arts for children, and his father was the director of a correctional school. Of course, they instilled in Salavat a love for art. Although he wanted to enter the art Institute but failed, and studied to become a lawyer. Once, jokingly, he painted a portrait of Van Gogh on a matchbox. And for instance, art captivated him again. First, he began painting miniatures on pumpkin seeds, then sunflower seeds, and on a grain of rice. By the way, it takes Salavat from 6 to 12 hours of hard work to carve a miniature sculpture on the tip of a pencil. Today, works by Salavat Fidai are known to art collectors worldwide.
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Russian artist Andrey Shishkin

Russian beauty in a folk costume. Painting by Andrey Shishkin

Russian Beauty in a folk costume. Painting by Andrey Shishkin

Russian artist Andrey Shishkin was born in Moscow in 1960. Here he lives and works in his own studio to this day. Andrey Shishkin works in the genre of a realistic academic painting and creates psychological portraits, that amaze by their magnificence. Portrait painting is one of the most difficult genres, because the emphasis is shifting our perception of the important part – face, which is a reflection of person’s essence. Artist Andrei Shishkin has an opportunity to look through the prism of artistry, to discover something new, beauty, depth and character that amazes and fascinates. He makes us think about the transience of time, of the wonderful moments, and the depth of the human soul. Engaged in painting 15 years, Andrey Shishkin has no special art education, and didn’t take part in art exhibitions. But he took part in the decoration of churches. The artist works on order and sells his paintings online.
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Symbols of Lute Player by Caravaggio

Symbols of Lute Player by Caravaggio

Symbols of Lute Player by Caravaggio (29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610)

Symbols of Lute Player by Caravaggio
Caravaggio painted The Lute Player for Cardinal del Monte, an important patron during the earlier part of the painter’s career. The play of light and shade, with the use of a shaft of light to illumine the painting from the left, is characteristic of his mature work. (Hermitage, St. Petersburg)

First, commissioned by Cardinal Francesco del Monte painting “The Lute Player” (around 1595) was later bought another Del Monte – an art dealer and art lover Vincenzo Giustiniani. However, by the XIX century the family of Giustiniani became so poor that the collection kept for centuries went under the hammer in 1808. Even before the start of trading Russian emperor Alexander I personally asked the director of the Louvre Baron Dominique Vivant Denon to buy “Lute-Player” for the Hermitage of St. Petersburg. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the most original and influential Italian painter of the 17th century. Noteworthy, his early works were usually small pictures of non-dramatic subjects, with half-length figures, a preponderance of still-life details (which Caravaggio painted superbly), and a frankly homo-erotic character.
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