With the advent of the 18th century, Russia began to change dramatically. All changes took place at the peak of the popularity of the Baroque style in Europe. The traditions of Russian sculpture, still oriented toward the church, have proved unclaimed in the new conditions. Therefore, the main masterpieces of Russia in the first half of the 18th century were created by foreigners.
Water Lilies - Claude Monet. Canvas, oilLilies and water lilies were especially fond of Monet in the late period of creativity. Now he creates it himself - having settled in Giverny, he creates a pond with his own hands, where he raises amazing water flowers to capture them on his canvases. First, as usual, he painted a pond with flowers on an open air, then went on to paintings of especially large sizes, but soon, according to the painter, the real beauty from a gaze began to elude the master.
Many sculptors turned to the image of the great poet. In Moscow alone there are ten sculptural works, and in St. Petersburg and its environs five monuments to the poet. Monuments to Pushkin were erected in 33 countries of the world and each of them is somewhat remarkable. It must be said that all the artists who worked on the image of a genius in sculpture rely in their works on the lifetime portraits of the poet (Vivien, Chirikov, Tropinin, Kiprensky).
Blue Nude - Henri Matisse. 76.3 x 115.5 cm At the end of his life, Henri Matisse was fond of applique and collages using decoupage technique. The work was carried out as follows - the artist painted the paper with gouache, and then cut out all the necessary fragments from it. In 1952, the artist completed a series of paintings under the general title “Blue Nude”, where he depicted a female figure, expressed in a combination of abstract forms and designs.
Student - Nikolai Aleksandrovich Yaroshenko. 60 x 87 cm The artist depicted on his canvases people belonging to different social strata. This picture depicts a freezing student with a penetrating and stubborn look. It is not for nothing that this painting is often used on the cover of the book “Crimes and Punishments” by Dostoevsky.
Watermark - Theodor Kittelsen. 1887-1892 The view of this picture asks for a comparison with the books of horror master Stephen King. In both cases, fears are hidden by everyday life - a beautiful swamp with water lilies suddenly becomes the focus of inexpressible horror, and an outwardly harmless snag with roots sticking out of the water is the head of a monstrous creature.