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Andy Warhol – genius consumer

Andy Warhol - genius consumer

Andy Warhol – genius consumer


In Europe and the East, people like to bargain – buy and sell, sell and buy – they are traders by nature. Americans are not so interested in selling – in fact, they will rather throw out than sell. What they really like to do is buy – people, money, countries (The Philosophy of Andy Warhol).
One day, Andy Warhol (originally – Andrew Warhola, the fourth child in a family of immigrants from Eastern Slovakia) was a mediocre advertiser and woke up as a famous artist. He became the leader of American pop art thanks to the series of paintings created on the eve, which depicted bottles of Coca-Cola, various canned food and Campbell’s soup cans. It was simple and primitive, but critics said that the works of the young artist skillfully revealed the vulgarity, emptiness and facelessness of the Western culture of mass consumption.
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Ivan Aivazovsky – Maestro Hovhannes

Ivan Aivazovsky - Maestro Hovhannes

Ivan Aivazovsky – Maestro Hovhannes


In the XIX century, a man at the age of 65 was considered an old man. And such an old man, with money and recognition of the public, fell in love. Hovhannes Ayvazyan really fell in love. However, to the whole world this brilliant artist is known under the name Ivan Aivazovsky. So, the great master met his future wife Anna Sarkisova-Burnazyan in the summer of 1882 in Feodosia at… a funeral. A beautiful young widow walked behind the coffin of her husband, a famous merchant. The beauty of a young woman astonished Ivan Konstantinovich. A year later they got married. Today you can see a portrait of Anna in the Feodosia Art Gallery.
Who was the artist Aivazovsky? The whole life of Ivan Aivazovsky, apart from staying abroad and studying at the Petersburg Academy of Arts, was connected with the south of Russia and Ukraine.
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Gustave Eiffel – French engineer

Gustave Eiffel - French engineer

Gustave Eiffel – French engineer


Gustave Eiffel was a French engineer, best known for the Eiffel Tower. He also designed numerous bridges, viaducts, and exhibition buildings. His most famous bridge is the Maria Pia over the Douro at Oporto, Portugal (1876). He designed a metal frame for the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was born on December 15, 1832 in Dijon. He studied at the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Centrale in Paris.
In 1886 in Paris there was a competition for the project of the main architectural structure for the 17th World Exhibition in 1899, dedicated to the achievements of the industrial revolution. The best project was presented by Eiffel.
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Georgy Narbut – famous graphic designer

Georgy Narbut – famous graphic designer

Georgy Narbut – famous graphic designer

Georgy Narbut is best known as the author of the first Ukrainian state signs (banknotes and postage stamps) and the project of the emblem of the Ukrainian state. He was also a professor of graphics at the Ukrainian Academy of Arts, and later – its rector. He was one of the best masters of book graphics. He illustrated children’s books, designed the covers the magazines and poetry collections without any special education. His name became fashionable and the orders increased: if in 1912 sixteen editions with his ornaments and illustrations were published, in 1914 there were already thirty of them.
Georgy Narbut was born on February 26 (old style), 1886 in Narbutovka, Chernigov province. He had four brothers and two sisters. His father was a small landowner with average income, but he had little interest in children and therefore they were brought up by their mother. Children grew up in the bosom of nature, they played with rural children. The old man, the psalmist, taught them to read and write. At the age of nine, in 1896, the boy was sent to the Glukhov Gymnasium, where he was interested in history and literature, but didn’t like mathematics.
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Edvard Munch – Norwegian painter

Edvard Munch - Norwegian painter

Edvard Munch – Norwegian painter

Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and graphic artist, expressionist. He illustrated man’s emotional life in love and death.
Edvard was born on December 12, 1863 in Loieten near Kristiania (now Oslo). He was the son of a military doctor.
The childhood of the future artist was not bright and left a mark on his psyche. Disease and death followed him all the time. Munch was born a weak child and suffered from bronchitis and rheumatism. And when the boy was five years old, his mother, suffering from tuberculosis, died. He forever remembered her pale face. Later, from the same illness, the older sister of the artist died. She was only 15 years old. Then suddenly his brother Andreas, who had just married, died. But especially hard he survived the death of his father. At that time he lived in France and could not come to the funeral and fell into a deep depression.
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Antonio Stradivari – great master

Antonio Stradivari – great master

Antonio Stradivari – great master

The secret of the greatest master Antonio Stradivari has not managed to solve anyone for several centuries. His violins sing like angels. Modern science and the latest technology are not able to achieve such results. But it was only craft for genius.
As a child, Antonio was fond of sounds of music. But when the boy tried to express his feelings in singing others laughed at him. Stradivari had another passion: he liked to cut wood. Parents hoped that their son would be a cabinetmaker. However, 11-year-old boy heard that Nicolo Amati, the best violin-maker all over Italy, also lived in their city. The news had changed the fate of Antonio. In 1655 he became one of the many students of Amati, who worked free on the master in exchange for knowledge. Stradivari’s career began with the post of errand boy.
However, Amati taught all secrets only the eldest son. This was the tradition of the old masters: the most important secrets were to remain in the family.
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Antoni Gaudi – Catalan architect and designer

Antoni Gaudi - Catalan architect and designer

Antoni Gaudi – Catalan architect and designer

Antoni Gaudi was the Catalan architect and designer.
Antoni Gaudi i Cornet was born on June 25, 1852, in the Catalan town of Reus near Barcelona. Antoni was the fifth and youngest child in the family and suffered from rheumatism since childhood. Limited mobility prevented the boy from playing with other children, and he became addicted to long solitary coastal walks. The boy liked to look at the sea and the clouds, carefully examined the snails – all this developed in him observation and love of nature.
Two his brothers died in infancy. The third brother died when Gaudi was 24 years old. Soon the mother died. In 1879, his sister died and left a small daughter to Antoni. In 1906, his father passed away, and six years later, his niece died too.
Gaudi was left alone. He was never married, he had no close friends.
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