William Blake. great architect
The English mystic poet William Blake went down in history not only because of his literary works. He also created several engravings, the most famous of which is the engraving…

Continue reading →

George Grie — neosurrealist artist
George Grier was born on may 14, 1962 in the USSR, real name Yuri Gribovsky. Georg Grie is a neo-surrealist artist.George is a Prime example of the fact that digital…

Continue reading →

Hands are animals. Body art by Guido Daniele)
Guido Daniele is an Italian artist who was born in Soverato (Italy) and graduated from the Brera school of art. The popularity of the artist brought work in the style…

Continue reading →

Josef Chapek. Foreign artist of the twentieth century

Among the progressive artists of the world, a place of honor belongs to the Czech artist Josef Chapek. A man of advanced convictions, he was critical of bourgeois society, raised his voice against fascism, paying for it at the cost of his own life.

The artist was born in 1887 in the family of a doctor. His childhood was spent in the North-Eastern Czech Republic. Little Joseph was a quiet, thoughtful child. At school, the boy studied reluctantly, drawing, not obeying the rules, and often the teacher repeated: “Chapek, you will never make a painter.”

Chapek’s fate was such that before becoming an artist, he graduated from a textile school, and then worked at a factory as a weaver, fitter, and locksmith. The decision to become a painter led Joseph to the Art and industrial Institute (1904-1910).

The environment in which the novice artist found himself was conservative and provoked a strong protest in him. Chapek’s creative life took place mostly outside the Institute.

In 1910, the artist comes to France, where he gets acquainted with the modern art of the Paris school, and a trip to Spain in 1911 gives him an idea of the great masters of El Greco, Goya, and Surbaran. By this time, the first independent paintings of Chapek belong, for example, “a man lying Down” and “a Mother combing a child”.

But the true birth of Chapek the artist dates back to 1912 and 1913. These years coincided with the establishment of cubism. This period includes several expressive urban paintings by the artist (“Marseille”, “Factory”, “new building”).

All of them give an extremely generalized, total image of the city.The paintings impress with the severity and asceticism of the color scheme, designed in brown and blue tones.

In 1913, a new stage in the work of Chapek begins. The Central theme now becomes a person (“Drunkard”, “harmonica Player”, “organ Grinder”, “Sailor”). It is easy to see that there is something mechanical in the image of a person — the artist deliberately gave the living creature a resemblance to mechanisms and machines.

But despite this, man is not like a machine. In art, the humanistic principle always emerges. The humanistic thread of Chapek’s art did not break even during the first world war. He did not accept the war, did not go to the front, remained in Prague and worked hard and concentrated.

In the paintings, the image of a suffering person appears. But the war also awakened the desire for beauty — the artist paints children in a living fleeting movement.

In 1918, a new stage in Chapek’s work began, spilling over almost a decade. The artist is passionately devoted to work in various fields of literature and art. He makes great progress in book and magazine graphics and continues to paint pictures of the life of the urban poor.

Chapek’s anti-fascist work is also extremely extensive. Since 1933, in the newspaper” Lidove noviny ” the artist regularly publishes his political drawings, which make up entire cycles.

On September 1, 1939, the Nazis arrested Josef. He was in different concentration camps, the longest in Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen. But even there, in the throes of hunger and despair, he tried to create.

Chapek was not destined to live to be released — he died in mid-April 1945 in the Bergen-Belsen camp during a typhus epidemic, leaving a great legacy to the world.

How to distinguish a handwritten picture from a print
Currently, with the development of technology, more and more paintings appear that look very similar to real handwritten works, although in fact, such paintings are created by printing a printer.…

...

Wooden boards from the artist Ivan hoo (Ivan Hoo)
Ivan hoo is a hyperrealist artist. Initially, Ivan Hu specialized in the portrait genre. Although some people criticize hyperrealism, allegedly for its "simplicity" in terms of transmitting a certain meaning,…

...

Juan Medina — the Mexican artist
Juan Medina is a contemporary Mexican artist, born in the Dominican Republic in 1948. Initially, Juan Medina specialized in painting the Nude genre, but soon, probably fed up with the…

...

How to sell your painting
Any novice artist, sooner or later faces the question of selling their works. Of course, if you consider just a novice artist, it is better to advise him not to…

...