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School. Teacher. Disciple. Stories to help tune in to the new school year

We address these sketches not only to students and teachers, but also to all-all-all who on September 1 feel some nervousness, and at night dreams about exams.

“Terrible” students
In the history of painting there are many examples of negligent students. So, Florentine artist Filippo Lippi is clearly not enough stars from the sky. Attempts to teach him mathematics turned out to be a failure. Young Filippo only blinked at requests to add apples and pears. A little better was the case with the Humanities. But they did not evoke in the disciple due respect. “He just dirty all sorts of freaks their own and others ‘books” — so described the manner of training Lippi art historian and biographer Giorgio Vasari. In the end, the teachers resigned themselves and allowed Filippo to do only what he really turned out: drawing. And it was the right decision. Lippy was so successful that he later became a teacher himself. Still somehow! The great Sandro Botticelli was his pupil.
Fra Filippo Lippi. A fragment from the Scenes of the life of St. Anne.
A fragment from the Scenes of the life of St. Anne.
Fra Filippo Lippi
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Unlike Lippi Paul Cezanne just perfectly mastered mathematics and languages, has repeatedly received awards for their knowledge. But the obligatory subject — drawing-was given to him with difficulty. But Paul persevered. From the age of 15, he even began to attend the free Academy of drawing, where he never received a prize for his work. But over time, he noticed Camille Pissarro. Cezanne had great respect for his teacher, but stubbornly refused to give himself to impressionism. He was interested not in the variability, but the stability of combinations of colors and shapes in nature. Paul wanted to go beyond the Impressionists and did it! But even rejecting the main postulates of the teacher, Cezanne for many years added to his name the signature:”student Pissarro.” And the latter until the end of his life was almost the only buyer of his student’s paintings. Fame and recognition came to Paul Cezanne later.
Paul Cezanne. Pitcher and fruit
Pitcher and fruit
Paul Cezanne
1889, 48.6×60 cm
Paul Cezanne. Selfportrait
Selfportrait
Paul Cezanne
1881, 33×26 cm
Paul Cezanne. The house opposite mount Sainte-Victoire, near Gardanne
The house opposite mount Sainte-Victoire, near Gardanne
Paul Cezanne
1885, 63.5 x 81.2 cm
Paul Cezanne. Pitcher and fruit
Pitcher and fruit
Paul Cezanne
1889, 48.6×60 cm
Paul Cezanne. Selfportrait
Selfportrait
Paul Cezanne
1881, 33×26 cm
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“A terrible student” a lot of people called Pablo Picasso. Teachers were irritated that talented young man is so obstinate that he does not want to clearly complete the task. For a steep temper Pablo often found himself in prison-he was forced to sit in a special isolation (“calaboose”) and reflect on his behavior. Picasso distinguished himself here. The white-walled room with its bench was not a punishment, but a source of inspiration. The artist was glad that no one was distracting him now. “I wish I had never left this room and painted, painted!”- later recalled Picasso.
Pablo Picasso. Selfportrait
Selfportrait
Pablo Picasso
1896, 32.7×23.6 cm
Hence the moral: If a student does not scrupulously follow the path laid out for him by his teachers, this does not mean that he is not a genius.
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Teacher will understand and appreciate!
Logically, it would be worth now to write about the “terrible” teacher, but… first, I remember calling all teachers nervous laughter anecdote: “Mom! Can I not go to school today?”No, what are you, son? You’re a teacher!”. And secondly, when the teacher well, and the students are better. Therefore, we have collected only inspiring stories about excellent teachers.
About the bad let tell work by Jan Steen.
Jan Stan. Village school
Village school
Jan Stan
1665, 110.5×80.2 cm
Many people know the story of how Karl Brullov contributed to the redemption of Taras Shevchenko from serfdom, and then taught painting to a talented young man. But this example of teacher care is not unique.

One of Diego Velazquez’s most famous portraits depicts his mulatto pupil Juan Pareja. In the Lives of Spanish painters, Antonio Palomino described Pareja as “a half-breed of unknown origin who was a slave of Velasquez and tried to paint himself.” Juan kept his paintings hidden from his master, so his talent was discovered by accident. Velazquez granted him his freedom and made him his pupil, and Pareja worked until the end of his days in the artist’s Studio, becoming an unsurpassed copyist of the great Spaniard.
Diego Velazquez. Portrait of Juan de Pareja
Portrait of Juan de Pareja
Diego Velazquez
1650, 81.3×69.9 cm
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One of the best teachers was Pavel Chistyakov — master of historical, genre and portrait painting, academician, Professor and full member of the Imperial Academy of arts. Among his students: Ilya Repin, Mikhail Vrubel, Victor Vasnetsov, Vasily Surikov, Valentin Serov and many others.

Contemporaries described Chistyakov as a modest, short, quiet man, thin, with cropped hair, as worn by peasants, and with intelligent, penetrating eyes. He didn’t leave much work behind. Wrote a typically long and thoughtfully. So, over the portrait of his mother worked for about ten years and completed, in his words, “only because, I’m afraid, will die, and the portrait I will not finish.” He had a Studio in his dacha, and he painted a large picture of Messalina. Wrote it more than twenty years and died without completing.
Pavel Petrovich Chistyakov. Grand Duchess Sophia Vitovtovna at the wedding of Grand Duke Vasily the Dark in 1433 tears from Prince Vasily Oblique belt that once belonged to Dmitry Donskoy
The picture for which Pavel Chistyakov during his studies at the Academy was awarded a Large Gold Medal. “Grand Duchess Sophia Vitovtovna at the wedding of Grand Duke Vasily the Dark in 1433 breaks from Prince Vasily Oblique belt that once belonged to Dmitry Donskoy” (1861). Chistyakov considered this picture one of his best works.

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Otherwise, Pavel Petrovich approached teaching, which he wrote: “Polenov, Repin at the end of the course at the Academy took in my apartment Levitsky drawing lessons, that is, learned to draw a plaster ear and the head of Apollo. Therefore, I am a good teacher, if with gold medals students take drawing lessons from the ear and head…”. And Mikhail Vrubel said that it was Chistyakov who returned him the joy of painting.

With no less enthusiasm praised the pedagogical talent of Ivan Aivazovsky. Although there is a legend that the famous marinist did not see the abilities of Arkhip Kuindzhi, after two months of training, entrusting him only to paint the fence. It’s probably just a rumor. In any case, later Ivan Aivazovsky visited Kuindzhi’s workshop more than once, where he conducted master classes for his students.
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. Self-Portrait Of Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. Selfportrait. at his Desk
Two self-portraits by Ivan Aivazovsky
Landscape painter Arkady Rylov described such activities: “Aivazovsky took the necessary four or five colors, examined the brush, touched the canvas, standing, not moving away from the easel, playing with a brush like a virtuoso, wrote a sea storm. At the request of Arkhip Ivanovich, he immediately depicted a ship rocking on the waves, and amazingly deftly, with a habitual movement of the brush, he gave it a full rigging. The picture was ready and signed. One hour and fifty minutes ago there was a blank canvas, now the sea is raging on it. With loud applause we expressed our gratitude to the venerable artist and escorted him all the way to the carriage.”
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. Storm at sea
Storm at sea
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
1893, 44×48 cm
Yes and himself Kuindzhi has earned itself glory excellent teachers, which not only shared secrets of excellence, but and sought to support their pupils morally and materially. One of his students, Nicholas Roerich recalled: “As in the old workshop, where they taught really life art, students in the Studio Kuindzhi knew only his teacher, knew that for the sake of art, he will defend them on all paths, knew that the teacher-their closest friend, and they wanted to be his friends. The clerical side did not exist for the workshop. What was needed was done…”. The artist at his own expense took students to museums in Vienna, Dresden, Paris and even paid for meals in restaurants.

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