According to the rules of strolling it is important to walk slowly and aimlessly, to mix with the crowd, but remain separate from it, apart. For a creative person, whether a writer or an artist, strolling is an invaluable experience of studying people, types, movements and external manifestations of characters. A black top hat, thin gloves, a cane, a slow gait and an inscrutable face — Edouard Manet was a real flaneur. Skating rinks, Opera, wide boulevards, Hippodrome, dances, tours of Spanish dancers, new stations and squares, world exhibitions-Paris of Manet times was an ideal city for strolling and for the birth of new, modern art.
Paris – Tuileries garden
Edouard Manet changed apartments several times and workshops many times. He never worked at home — and preferred to rent a Studio separately. But always, always it was the houses and streets of the quarter of Batignolles, or places nearby. Continue reading
The opening of the Moscow Public and Rumyantsev Museum in 1862 significantly stimulated the collecting activities of Muscovites, many of whom came from a merchant environment. By the opening of the Museum in 1862, the Hermitage transferred to its collection two hundred paintings by Western European masters, however, during the existence of the Museum (a little more than fifty years), its picture gallery was significantly enriched by the gifts of private individuals.in 1924, the picture gallery of the Rumyantsev Museum almost completely passed to the GMII. The Italian school, which occupied two of the six exhibition halls of the Museum, was represented mainly by paintings of painters of the XVII-XVIII centuries. The works of such masters as Guercino, Pietro da Cortona, Alessandro Turki, Paolo Pagani, Luca Giordano, can now be seen in the Museum. Continue reading
Increase of own prestige by means of painting.
Collecting paintings is an expensive and prestigious hobby. Who is the most gambling collector who buys the most expensive paintings? In the first place representatives of the United States, the second-the UK, then France and Switzerland. The richest Russians also often appear as buyers of famous artists.
Statistics on the sale of paintings of the most famous auctions suggest that the most often collectors choose modern painting, also great interest in the famous Impressionists and modernists. Continue reading