Bathers - Pablo Picasso. 27 x 22 cm A miniature work was written during the First World War, when all of Europe was preoccupied with military operations, waiting for news, worrying about the fate of loved ones. At that time, the artist himself left Paris for the southern sea coast. The escape was associated with a difficult and depressing atmosphere in the capital of France, on the one hand, as well as new romantic relationships with Russian ballerina Khokhlova.
Hans Titze and Erica Titze-Konrat - Oscar Kokoschka. 77x136 cm. The picture was created by order of a family of art historians, fans of avant-garde painting. So Kokoschka happily set to work. During this period of his work, the author experiences not only a creative, but also a personal crisis. The years 1908-1909 accounted for the time of treatment for syphilis.
Rhubarb - Nikolai Astrup. 93 x 112 cm On this canvas, Nikolai Astrup traditionally continues to depict pastoral motifs. It is noteworthy that all the landscapes of the artist have real prototypes. Astrup spent the best years of his life in the commune of Hölster. Here his childhood passed, there he met his future wife and watched his own children grow up.
The arrest of the propagandist is Ilya Efimovich Repin. 38.4 x 54.6 cm This is one of the most famous paintings of the artist. At that time it was a hot topic, and Repin could not pass by it. The country was experiencing a surge of social activity, the rise of the revolutionary movement, which was accompanied by numerous acts of violence.
Robert Lewis Stevenson and his wife, John Singer Sargent. 52.1 x 62.2 cm This picture is the second of three portraits painted by Sargent for the famous writer. It is worth mentioning that the first portrait, judging by the surviving data, was destroyed by Stevenson's wife. It is clear that he did not like him categorically, but the second picture was met, if not with hostility, then it was not completely understood by the contemporaries of the master and the customer himself - the creator of Jekyll and Hyde.
The artist and his talent An artistic gift is both talent and great work. Since art is in many respects close to craft, it combines unconditional natural talent and simple technical skills, without which there will never be a real artist. It is the combination of talent and tireless daily work that gives the world the most striking and gifted artists.