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Category Archive: Art

Rodion Shchedrin, great composer

Rodion Shchedrin, great composer

Rodion Shchedrin, great composer


Rodion Shchedrin is a Russian composer and pianist, winner of the Lenin State Prize (1984), USSR State Prize (1972) and the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1992), a member of the Interregional Deputy Group (1989–1991).
Rodion was born on December 16, 1932 in Moscow into a family of composer and music theory teacher Konstantin Shchedrin and economist, music lover Konkordiya Shchedrina (nee Ivanova). Rodion’s first music teacher was his father.
In 1955 Shchedrin graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. His first major works were written in his early twenties.
In 1958 Rodion married great ballerina Maya Plisetskaya.
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Siberian Bear – Denis Matsuev

Siberian Bear - Denis Matsuev

Siberian Bear – Denis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev is a Russian virtuoso pianist, People’s Artist of Russia (2011), laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation (2009). He was the winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998 in Moscow, and received the Dmitri Shostakovich Award in Music. His nickname is The Siberian Bear.
Matsuev was born on June 11, 1975 in Irkutsk, Russian Federation. The boy was born into a family of musicians: his mother was a piano teacher, and his father was a well-known pianist and composer. Matsuev’s first music teacher was his father. Denis studied in a music school in Irkutsk.
In 1990 Matsuev moved to Moscow to continue his education. In the capital he entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory. In the next year he became a laureate of the International Charity Foundation New Names and gave concerts in more than 40 countries. In 1993 Denis took part in an international piano competition in South Africa, where he was awarded the first prize. In 1995 he became a soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic.
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Vasiliy Kandinsky and his women

Vasiliy Kandinsky

Vasiliy Kandinsky

Vasiliy Kandinskiy (1866-1944) was the famous Russian artist and art theoretician. He was a great master and founder of abstract art.
“Kandinsky calls abstract the content that painting must express, that’s to say this invisible life that we are. In such a way that the Kandinskian equation, to which we have alluded to, can be written in reality as follows: Interior = interiority = invisible = life = pathos = abstract”.
On November 7, 2012 at Christie’s Impressionist and modern art auction in New York Kandinsky’s Study for Improvisation 8 (1909) was sold for $23 Million.
Before this sale, the artist’s last record was set in 1990 when Sotheby’s sold his Fugue (1914) for $20.9 million.
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Sergeanne Golon – Angelique’s World

Sergeanne Golon

Sergeanne Golon

Sergeanne Golon is a literary pseudonym of Simone Changeux and her husband Vsevolod Golubinov. The novelist duo is also known as Anne and Serge Golon (Fr. Anne et Serge Golon).
In the 1960s, a husband and a wife wrote a series of French historical adventure books about blond, green-eyed beauty – Angelique (original Angelique). The action took place during the time of Louis XIV of France, although a few of the books take place in other locations. According to Anne Golon, her husband was the prototype of Angelica’s husband – Joffrey de Peyrac.
A series filmed since 1964.
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Russian Girls headdresses

Konstantin Makovsky Russian Beauty

Konstantin Makovsky (1839-1915) Russian Beauty.

Since ancient times all women’s headdresses were divided into headdresses for maidens and married women.
Maidens wore headbands and ribbons and their hair was open.
After marriage, women’s headdress had changed, because her beauty now belonged only to her husband.
Foreigners who visited Russia left a description of the wedding custom: during the ceremony a groom wore a headscarf on the head of his beloved and became her husband.
Kokoshnik was very popular.
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Beautiful women by Vladislav Nagornov

Beautiful women by Vladislav Nagornov

Beautiful women by Vladislav Nagornov


Vladislav Nagornov is a Russian painter, who graduated from the Penza Art College, then from the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Vladislav is a Member of the Russian Union of Artists (since 2001).
He was born in 1974 in Penza. The boy began painting at the age of six.
His works are in private and corporate collections in Russia and abroad.
Vladislav is fond of history. He needs a lot of information to recreate the characters, costumes, decorations and interior parts. He carefully studied the works of the great artists of that time – Repin, Surikov, Ivanov and many others.
Nagornov shows us the beauty of Russian girls and women, as well as reminds us of the great history of Russia.
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Anna Ioannovna – Russian Tsaritsa

Anna Ioannovna - Russian Tsaritsa

Anna Ioannovna – Russian Tsaritsa

Anna Ioannovna Romanova (1693 – 1740) was Empress of Russia from 1730 to 1740.
She was the daughter of Ivan V of Russia, as well as the niece of Peter the Great. She married Frederick William, Duke of Courland (1710), but her husband died in 1711. She never remarried after the death of her husband, but her enemies said she was in love with Ernst Johann von Biron for many years.
Anna’s ascendancy to the Russian throne was supported by the Russian aristocracy. She was 37 years old at that time.
Anna spent a lot of money on feasts and celebrations. There were a lot of delicious food but almost no alcoholic beverages. The Empress drank very little and didn’t like drunks.
It is known that she loved clowns and dwarfs. There were six of them at her court.
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