There are not many really good films about artists. In some cases, the creators brings too modest budget, which inevitably affects the quality. Sometimes the fault is too boring or too “Arthouse” scenario. The film “Frida” — one of the few happy exceptions. Strong, bright and exciting film about the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was the result of many years of dreams and hard work of a small group of enthusiasts. We tell how, thanks to whom and in spite of what the film “Frida”was shot.
The film about the life and work of Frida Kahlo was a dream project for Salma Hayek. She dreamed of this film and being a star of Mexican soap operas, and already “lit up” in American cinema in supporting roles. “At the time, it was unthinkable for a Mexican actress to claim a place in Hollywood,” Hayek recalls. Continue reading
Gradually collecting works of art captures a wider range of Russian nobility. Since the second half of the XVIII century, well-known private collections of counts Stroganov, princes Golitsyn, Yusupov and many other aristocratic families have their origin. The famous collection of Nikolai Borisovich Yusupov was placed both in the St. Petersburg Palace on Fontanka, built according to the project of Giacomo Quarenghi, and in the Arkhangelsk estate near Moscow and in the Moscow house of the Prince in Kharitonevsky lane. It is believed that Yusupov gave preference to French painting, but numerically it is markedly dominated by the Italian school (8). The greatest interest here represented the work of masters of the XVIII century, in particular, the Roman painter Panini, who in the genre of landscapes with motifs of ruins was the predecessor of so highly valued in Russia Frenchman Hubert Robert. Continue reading
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 only representatives of a narrow circle of powerful rulers and nobility.
They commissioned a portrait from the most talented and famous master of his time. Portraits were painted from nature for months or even years, the artist tried to deeply feel the human essence, thoroughly display the individual traits, simultaneously fixing the attributes of the time when the portrait was painted. Therefore, portrait art is of great value in the historical and cultural sense.
But, what is a portrait to order today? After all, painting technologies of the past centuries, materials and means of expression have long changed. Continue reading