The Persian girl of Martiros Sarian

Martiros Sarian (18801972) is an Armenian artist who I found for myself recently thanks to Wikipedia.

This artist of the East, known primarily in his native Armenia and in Russia, is undoubtedly a great name in the world fine arts of the 20th century.

His paintings grabbed my eyes straight away. Clear and warm colours. Confident and somewhat challenging forms. Eastern mystique and simplicity at the same time. Horizon and internal focus. A triumph of the light. 

Martiros Sarian has travelled much as most of the great artists since before the First World War. His works are an incredible art snapshot of the East at that time – colourful, delicate, humane.

It was a great pleasure finding this artist. In every picture of him I found something very, very mine. It’s like a fairy meeting with the childhood.

Look at this beautiful Persian girl.

Doesn’t she remind you of an Egyptian princess? Is she shy or challenging? Is she sad, or is she going to look at you every moment and give you a smile? Would she be prettier if we could see her neck and hair?

Questions without answers.

A wonderful time before the terrible wars of the 20th century, when a man could travel anywhere without fear and paint freely without worry.

Beautiful signs of the mankind’s culture.

Paul Cézanne – the painter of Aix-en-Provence

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is among the most famous and loved French post impressionists. However, as an artist from this school, he has always been a little bit aside from the publicity and noise, with which all their activities had been accompanied.

Born in Aix-en-Provence, he, throughout all his life, preferred to work in his hometown and not to stay for long in Paris or outside France.

Cézanne physically suffered during his stays in the capital, worked mostly in his atelier there and could not be often met at gatherings and public places. Once during one of the few vacations he have had – in Switzerland, with his family, he did not stand for until the end of the planned stay and returned alone and in advance to France. An interesting escape from a vacation. It was very hard for him to stay focused and paint when not at home.

Cézanne has left us unforgettable landscapes from his native Aix-en-Provence.

The houses aslept in an afternoon dream. The trees slanted by the sea-side wind. The hills of Sainte-Victoire mountain. The valley, sunk in spring greenery or laying quiet under the rays of the hot summer sun.

I’ve dreamt of seeing this valley and this mountain since my childhood.

You may take a look at some of his works at Wikipedia.

Gabrielle Münter – my lovely artist in the Blue Rider group

She’s an artist I didn’t know anything about until a few months ago. The partner in life of Vassily Kandinsky in the period when he lived and worked in Germany and part of the Blue Rider art group.

Gabrielle Münter (1877-1962) has lived for most of his life in Bavaria, in a small house with a lovely flower garden. After the breakup with Kandinsky, she has experienced a great personal crisis and for some time she has not worked at all. She has sent him some of his works, painted while they had been together. The rest she kept in her Bavarian house by hiding them during the Nazi times, when the German expressionists have been confined and unloved.

I like her courage to be herself at a time when the artists were forced to comply with the political constraints imposed on them. I like her character to be herself in this still predominantly male world of fine arts.

I adore her Bavarian landscapes, like pieces of a fairy-tale world, pure and childishly naive.

I like a lot of her paintings. Look at this one – it’s called the Breakfast of the birds. A woman sits face-to-window and is having a breakfast, watching the breakfast of the birds outside. The snow has gently embraced the tree. She’s calm and thoughtful. The birds are beautiful, but it seems to be cold outside. She herself looks like a frozen bird in the winter. Sometimes life is sad.

You can see some of her works at Wikiart.


The harmony of colour and shape in the works of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is one of my favourite artists. Without knowing well his work as a sculptor, I have always admired his paintings, stained glass works and his late works of cut colour paper.

Matisse is one of the flag artists of 20th century, who created completely new and modern vision of fine art.

Along with Picasso, Matisse created and developed to perfection the artistic styles Fauvism and Cubism, leaving his own individual approach and an incredible flair for shape and colour.

The softness of his character and attitude to life reflect in each of his works.

In his paintings from the Oriental fauvist period coexist in perfect harmony vivid colours, combined with smooth and soft shapes of bodies and objects. The role of the classical geometric perspective is replaced by the depth of colour and softness of the shape. Matisse works from this period immerse us in a dreamy and relaxing atmosphere. It’s hard to take our eyes off the paintings. We remain relaxed and keep dreaming even after we stop looking at them.

With the age, Matisse began working in the Cubism style, but also here distinctive feature of his works is the exclusive synergy of shape and colour. Gradually his works got cleared of details in the form, and the colours became saturated and deep. The unique thing about Matisse is that pure shapes and clear colours does not create any tension in the perception of the art.

Harmony, softness and wisdom. This is for me, Henri Matisse.

You can take a look at Blue Window and many other Matisse works in the collection of MoMA museum.

Vladimir Dimitrov (the Master) – Bulgarian art genius

My first art essay is about one of my favorite Bulgarian artists, whom I adore and who I learn from every day. This is Vladimir Dimitrov (1872-1960) called the Master. I think he is the Bulgarian genius in fine arts.

The Genius works impress everyone. From the average spectator to the most demanding critic. The Genius is an undisputed authority. This is the main criteria for admitting an artist to be a genius.

Vladimir Dimitrov (the Master) is recognised by all, and not only in Bulgaria. During his lifetime, he became the most popular Bulgarian artist abroad.

The Genius creates works of different styles or leaves works in different fields of art.

Vladimir Dimitrov (the Master) left unforgettable watercolors, ink sketches, drawings and oil paintings. He has a unique style in painting, which in different periods can be attributed to different artistic styles – post-impressionism, expressionism, fauvism. From every style he takes the best, giving to it a unique dimension and spirit.

The Genius mixes the local and the global, the instant and the eternal.

The works of Vladimir Dimitrov (the Master) bring the colors and the spirit of the Balkans, but each one is understandable to every person in the world. They are so understandable and close to the people’s hearts and minds, because in them the instant merges with the eternal. War is hateful and unnecessary evil. The women eyes are a source of purity and kindness. In children is the hope of the world. Labor is the salvation of mankind. Nature is the mother of all of us.

The Genius is different. No one can confuse the Genius with some other artist.

The works of Vladimir Dimitrov (the Master) can not be confused with works of another artist. In any gallery or private collection to find his paintings, they can be recognized immediately. It’s like with Van Gogh works. As with Picasso. As with Henri Mathisse. Everybody can recognize the painter.

If you want to see some of the works of Vladimir Dimitrov (the Master), you can visit the Art Gallery with his name in his hometown of Kyustendil or the National Art Gallery in Sofia. His works are also part of the collections of some other city galleries in Bulgaria.

Welcome to my art space!

On that beautiful and sunny day of 7th August I am starting my art blog. This is my personal art space.

I will write here on my passion to make art and about my favourite artists and paintings. You will see here how I paint, what I think about art and why art is so important for all of us 🙂

I do hope to meet here many new friends. I do hope that my art works will bring you many good emotions and nice feelings.

Welcome to my art space!