Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in the Dutch village of Grot-Sundert, in the family of a rural pastor. Little Vincent was taciturn and gloomy, did not like to play with his brothers and sisters. The character was hectic, even sometimes explosive. He loved to walk, watching the life of insects, was not afraid to go to the forest alone. He collected herbarium, collected beetles and insects. At 8, he began to draw. He sketched peasant women and plowmen, animals and landscapes.
At 12, Vincent was sent to study in a boarding school. He came home only on vacation. Vincent became very attached to Theo’s younger brother, they often walked together.
When Van Gogh turned 16 years old, it was decided at the family council that he would go to work as a Continue reading
First of all, I would like to know what picturesque associations do you have with this unusual surname – Benoit? You are absolutely right! Kings and emperors, the court suite and, of course, the beauty of castles and palaces. After all, the favorite themes in the painting of the great master are “France of the times of Louis XIV” and “Petersburg of the 18th, beginning of the 19th century”.
Here is what Benoit wrote to his nephew: I am intoxicated with Versailles, this is some kind of illness, love, criminal passion. After graduating from the law university in the 1890s, he begins to paint and travels abroad. Benoit visits Germany and Austria, and later Italy and France. It was under the impression of a trip to France in 1896-1898 that the great artist creates a cycle of watercolors “Walks of Continue reading
Exactly 150 years ago, on the last day of 1869, one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century – Henri Matisse was born. An artist whose painting now seems strange. What can we say about the turn of the XIX-XX centuries, when the young Matisse began his career?
Oddly enough, this outstanding master took up the art of painting late. Until the age of 20, Matisse had never thought of anything like this until he accidentally tried to draw during illness. And I realized that he wants to do just that in life. Henri quits his career as a lawyer and enters the Julian Academy of Art. For several years, he will replace several educational institutions: the School of Decorative Arts, the Academy of Fine Arts, and finally study at the unofficial “academy” of Eugene Carrier. In parallel, he met with representatives of avant-garde trends – Signac (pointillism) and Russell (representative of neo-impressionism and a friend of Van Gogh). It is easy to guess that the painting of Matisse himself was not very generally accepted. His paintings now look … strange, and at the beginning of the 20th century … Let us immediately answer the usual argument of the lovers of such art: they say, “he just did not know how to draw.” He could. Continue reading