"Bavarian rose" - Empress Sissi. Ceremonial portraits, drama, life (part 1)
The extraordinary beauty of the Empress of Austria and fascinating conversations with her while posing admired Franz the Magnificent-artist Winterhalter. And sissy herself, as Elizabeth of Bavaria was called by…

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Such different Rembrandts: 5 films about the great Dutchman (part 1)
Rembrandt from the movie of the 1930-ies — rosy Joker and a bit of a klutz. Rembrandt 1970's-tacit and a gloom type of with heavy mournfully maniac. Rembrandt 2000-x-charming Zippy…

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Anikeev Mikhail Korneevich
Anikeev Mikhail Korneevich. Painter. He was born on March 14, 1925 in the village of Nizovaya, Tambov region. In 1950 he graduated from the Chisinau higher art school (Chisinau, Moldova).…

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In the film “Frida” literally recreated several iconic paintings of the artist. This was achieved through a combination of skilful shooting and digital effects. Julie Taymor says: “I believe that it is impossible to fully understand and reveal how the artist creates. But Frida’s paintings are very autobiographical. Reading Herrera’s book, I could really understand how paintings came to be in her life, and that makes her very different from abstract artists like Pollock or Picasso. Like many people, I found her paintings frightening, eerie and eloquent, but as a Director they attracted me with their narrative content. I thought the photos and visuals that would allow these stories to unfold before your eyes would be a great addition to what would otherwise be a regular biopic.”

Shot from the film “Frida”: the real artist and her picturesque copy. “Self-portrait with cropped hair” as if enclosed in the frame of the doorway
Taymor and Prieto brought in well-known visual effects artists from Amoeba Proteus, who worked on many Hollywood projects, to work on the film. In the film “Frida” their main task was to animate the artist’s paintings and visual effects to depict her travels in America and Europe. Prieto recalls: “we talked endlessly about how to achieve this or that effect, and Julie was very receptive to ideas. The great thing is that she’s primarily a theater Director, not immersed in filmmaking, and so she can imagine rather than think, “What can we do within the constraints of film?”Julie was saying,’ This is what I would like to do, ‘ and knowing the tools available to us, I could contribute ideas and suggest things that would improve her idea. It was very interesting for me to participate at this level and help create visual concepts.”
Frida Kahlo. Frida and Diego Rivera
For the film, Prieto needed to recreate several iconic paintings by Kahlo — in particular, “Two frides”, “self-Portrait with cut hair”and” Broken column”. In order to shoot these shots, Salma Hayek was put in appropriate poses and applied makeup, which created the effect of a “painted” face. Throughout the film, the live action periodically freezes, turning into a static image of the picture, or Vice versa paintings at some point “come to life”. To achieve this effect was not so easy. “There are no shadows in Frida’s paintings and the lighting is pretty flat,” Prieto says. — I wanted to give them a little depth, but they still had to look flat. The sets to recreate the paintings were built in a forced perspective, with sloping floors. Because in the paintings of Frida perspective is almost absent.”
Frida Kahlo. Two Of Frida
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One of Frida’s amazing visions was created with the help of puppet animation. This moment in the film follows immediately after the bus crash: while unconscious, Kahlo sees doctors in the images of cartoon skeletons that sort through her insides and voice a long list of her injuries. To work on this scene attracted the American film Directors-animators the brothers quay (Quay Brothers). Julie Taymor says: “I didn’t know them Before, but I loved their work. I just gave them the script, said it would be a skeleton nightmare in the style of Mexican day of the dead, and stressed that I wanted to make this scene abstract, comical, but a little scary.”

"Bavarian rose" - Empress Sissi. Ceremonial portraits, drama, life (part 3)
As the years passed, the children grew. Relations with Franz Joseph eventually finally upset: for 14 years, the Emperor had an affair with the wife of a railway employee Anna…

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WHAT IS A PORTRAIT TO ORDER TODAY?
People tend to want to leave their mark in history, perpetuating their own image in the form of a portrait on canvas. In former times, to order a portrait could…

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Abakumov Mikhail Georgievich
Abakumov Mikhail Georgievich. Painter. Born on February 25, 1948 in Kolomna, Moscow region. In 1968 he graduated from the Moscow art and industrial school. Kalinin. In 1977 — all-Union state…

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"Bavarian rose" - Empress Sissi. Ceremonial portraits, drama, life (part 2)
Two years later, a son was born in the family — crown Prince Rudolf, who, of course, was immediately taken under the care of his grandmother and attracted her caregivers.…

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