Portrait of the philosopher Solovyov - Kramskoy. oil on canvas The name of the philosopher Vladimir Solovyov today is known only to specialists, meanwhile, this person was bright and extraordinary. He vehemently opposed the application of such punishment as the death penalty against the murderers of Alexander II. Among other things, Solovyov was a close friend of Kramskoy.
Deadham Valley - John Constable. This scenic spot, the Deadham Valley, was one of the painter’s favorite places, a repeating leitmotif of his work, and the very first work of this topic was written in 1802. Here you still don’t feel the hardness of the hand - the Constable is still in its infancy, but innovation and the aspirations of a novice artist in person.
Portrait of a boy - Petrov-Vodkin. 80 x 64 cmThe theme of a child’s portrait was very fresh for the artist, and rather was caused by the search for innovative means of expression and form: after the resounding success of “Bathing the Red Horse”, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin continued to conquer new horizons. The portraits in the artist’s creative biography are quite often, it’s enough to recall the wonderful images of Anna Akhmatova, but work on children's portraits began precisely with this young boy.
Lilac - Mikhail Vrubel. 160x177Picture occupies a special place in the work of the great master of Art Nouveau. The blooming lilac bush, seen by the master in the Chernigov province, made such a strong impression that the artist immediately started to work. Before the viewer, a miracle - like a nymph driven by a pan, the girl took refuge behind a blossoming lilac bush.
Tulips of Holland - Claude Monet. Oil on canvas, 66x82 cmIn 1871, Claude Monet visited the “country of tulips”. A man with a keen perception of natural beauty, a lover of gardens, ponds, covered with water lilies, the painter was impressed with tulips, both their incomparable beauty and their quantity. As a result of the trip, the painting "Tulips of Holland", completed in 1872, arose.
Composition VII - Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky. Oil on canvas 200x300 cm In addition to detailed theoretical justifications of his work, Kandinsky left more than 30 sketches that demonstrate how thoroughly the preparatory process for writing Composition VII went through. The work itself was completed in 4 days, for which there is photographic evidence.