Famous doodle artists: Doodle art: 20 brilliant examples


Doodle art: 20 brilliant examples

Doodle art is underrated as an art form. It’s a fun way of expressing yourself, but is also a brilliant way of experimenting and learning to draw. Doodles give a unique insight into your artistic style, conveying parts of your personality not shown through other mediums of art. 

We’ve picked our favourite doodle artists out there, and listed examples of their work. Combining child-like doodles with expressive illustrations, they examples show how doodling can be used to create beautiful and arresting designs. Who knew there were so many doodle art styles?

If you’d like to work on your skill, try our selection of the best how to draw tutorials. Get drawing and you could add to your portfolio with a bunch of new work (for inspiration, see these examples of amazing design portfolios).

01. Joe Whale AKA The Doodle Boy

Joe Whale (who is 10 years old) used to get into trouble for doodling at school, until asked to decorate a local restaurant in his cartoon-style doodles, when he gained attention and now has a serious following. He’s been creating art since he was 3 and likes to “pretty much create doodles from anything as I get inspired by my surroundings and create characters from all of the things I see such as my Burger and Fries characters, Flowers, Vegetables,Cakes -Yum, clouds, etc…”. 

The video above shows him doodling on his bedroom wall. Just imagine what the future holds for this young artist.

02. Mr Doodle

Sam Cox, also known as Mr Doodle, is a doodle artist who describes his mission in life as doodling everywhere, all the time. His work has been known to consume surfaces, walls and furniture in an almost viral form, growing relentlessly in clusters of characters, objects and patterns, and over the past few years he’s been travelling the world to unleash his doodle creations, with his most recent doodling expedition taking him to Mexico.

03. Visoth Kakvei

Visoth takes his work to the next level using digital enhancement

Visoth Kakvei is a Cambodian graphic designer who specialises in the most intricate hand-drawn doodle art with a real sense of depth. Where he really excels, though, is in taking his artwork and digitally enhancing it, either with bursts of colour or by transforming it into solid-looking pieces that seem to be bursting off the page. He never seems to stop creating; you can find hundreds of stunning examples over at his Instagram feed.

04. Hattie Stewart

Hattie Stewart designed this wraparound cover for Computer Arts magazine

London-based artist and illustrator Hattie Stewart is the undisputed queen of doodle art. She’s famous for her unique graphic style, iconic cover takeovers and client work with – amongst others – Adidas and Apple. The awesome wraparound cover shown above was created for our sister magazine Computer Arts.

“The Character theme of the issue was perfect for me (obviously) so I wanted to bring all of my characters together on the cover for one big happy party,” Stewart explains. “It’s a rare opportunity to be given free rein on such a brilliant canvas.” The motifs were all hand-drawn, then scanned in, edited and composited in Photoshop, and the design also features Stewart’s interactive installation I Don’t Have Time for This, part of the artist’s solo exhibition at the NOW Gallery in London.

05. Jon Burgerman

Jon Burgerman’s ‘I stare out of the window’ is a doodley twist on stained glass

Jon Burgerman is best known for his colourful, fluid and playful creations. This design, entitled ‘I stare out of the window’, was created for one of the New Art Gallery Walsall’s large-scale windows. The brief was to depict the trials and tribulations of being an artist, including creating a concept, playing with ideas, taking a break and checking emails.

Find out more about Burgerman and his doodle art in our post How to use Instagram as a digital sketchbook.

06. Géraldine Georges

Géraldine Georges’ illustrations blend photography and illustration (Image credit: Géraldine Georges)

Géraldine Georges worked as a graphic designer for seven years before starting to freelance as an illustrator in 2006. The Belgian artist’s collages are a perfect blend of photography and illustration, beautiful and elegant images that seep emotion.

07. Eva-Lotta Lamm

Why take notes when you can take sketchnotes?

User experience designer Eva-Lott Lamm does web and interface design for Google as her day job, but enjoys graphic design and illustration as well and has made a name for herself with her series of sketchnotes: doodled notes from conference talks that add a fantastic visual element to boring old note-taking. She’s even collected her sketchnotes into four books as well as a series of posters; find them all here.

08. Viktor Kalvachev

Viktor’s sketchbook melds a range of styles

Born in Bulgaria, where he earned a master’s degree in fine arts, Viktor Kalvachev moved to the US to work in video games, and produced the graphic novel Pherone and crime series Blue Estate, the latter of which received two Eisner nominations. He now lives in Paris where he’s opened a studio and developed a video game.

09. Mattias Adolfsson

Mattias Adolfsson lets us inside the pages of his ever-impressive notebooks

Working with everything from computer games to children’s books, you will be hard pressed to find a better doodler than Swedish illustrator Mattias Adolfsson. Take a look through the pages of his sketchbooks to see what we mean.

10. Matt Lyon

A bundle of beautiful chaos by Matt Lyon

Matt Lyon is the London-based graphic artist and illustrator behind this colourful and chaotic doodle. He comments on his website: “My work stems from incessant doodling, often laced with wild colours, shapes and patterns.” Indeed it does. And we love it!

11. Fred Blunt

Fred Blunt is inspired by some of your favourite childhood shows and books

Inspired by The Muppets, Quentin Blake and the Flintstones, Fred Blunt has been a compulsive doodler since he was in hand-me-downs. His cute characters are an instant source of cute and child-like inspiration that’ll have you harking back to your childhood.

12. Pat Perry

Pat Perry’s work is surreal and attention grabbing (Image credit: Pat Perry)

Pat Perry is a superbly talented artist who, as his mind wanders, inscribes in ink some truly surreal and attention grabbing imagery. A daily practice for the Michigan born artist, drawing helps Pat to work through the complexities of life and thankfully for us acts as a remedy for all we find mundane in day-to-day living.

13. Lizzie Mary Cullen

Lizzie Mary Cullen delves into the world of hand-drawn psychogeography in this Brick Lane illustration

Lizzie Mary Cullen is a multi award-winning artist based in London. A natural talent with pen and ink, Cullen’s doodle art has attracted the attention of many leading brands, including the BBC, MTV and Harvey Nichols. This intricate depiction of Brick Lane, is just one from Cullen’s brilliant series titled London psychogeographies.

14. Kerby Rosanes

Kerby Rosanes’ work features incredible attention to detail

Kerby Rosanes is a graphic designer and SEO specialist with a passion for art and doodling. His work, which he post regularly on his Sketchy Stories blog, exists at various scales and his striking attention to detail makes each piece unique and original.

15. Lisa Krasse

Lisa Krasse’s doodle art on Converse sneakers

Craft, drawing, and fashion combine in one amazing project. Lisa Krasse has combined her love of doodling with a love of Converse shoes to create these amazing sneaker designs. Check out the rest on her Behance profile.

16. Jim Bradshaw

By day, Jim is an art director. By night, he is a doodle extraordinaire!

New Jersey illustrator Jim Bradshaw has been doodling away since he could pick up a pencil. Jim tackles all things creative and is never far from his Moleskine – especially now that he is doing illustration full-time, after leaving the his corporate job as an art directer. His doodles open up a weird and wacky world that often includes creatures from outer space and walking tree stumps. We love it!

17. Chris Piascik

Just one of the doodles taken from Chris’s book ‘1000 days of drawing’

Describing himself as an ‘illustrator, formerly known as designer’, Chris Piascik fast became a well-known face in the doodle art world. Based in New England and with more than eight years of professional experience, Chris embarked upon a ‘daily drawing’ challenge back in 2007. Once he’d done 1000, he published them in a book entitled ‘1000 days of drawing’. He continues to doodle to this very day.

18. Sagaki Keita

The doodles blend together perfectly to create the final image

Japanese artist Sagaki Keita specialises in recreating classic masterpieces by covering them in these gorgeous child-like doodles. Even though the doodles themselves are simple, once you look further away from the drawing, you realise that Sagaki has taken the time to ensure they blend together perfectly.

19. Johanna Basford

This gorgeous wallpaper design by Johanna Basford features on the wall of Vigo St Starbucks store in London

The unique doodling style from artist Johanna Basford managed to bag her this commission from international coffee company Starbucks. After persistently sending the company paper cups with her artwork on, Johanna was asked to design a wallpaper for the redesign of Starbuck’s Vigo Street store in London. Hidden within the flourishes are tiny coffee cups, elusive birds, and the odd Frappuccino…

20. Chris Glasz

Chris Glasz’s Inception doodle art is like a doodly infographic

Owner of Tumblr blog In Doodle Format, Chris Glasz has chosen a number of popular films and illustrated them as creative doodles. Often using just a simple black Sharpie, so far, the talented artist has celebrated 11 well-loved films, including Back to the Future, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Inception (above).

We’re a little in love with these illustrations, which are far more original than most of the fan art we see. It’s also hard not to be a little in awe of this guy’s talent with a Sharpie.

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30 Newfound Artistic Doodlers to Follow on Instagram

We always consider Instagram as a virtual VIP pass to the best collections and exclusive visual stories of our favorite artists and designers. It is the most accessible digital place to discover similar interests that display pictures on your feed just by using hashtags.

Instagram is not always about the famous and fortunate artists that you already know, but more of the chance and opportunity for promising artists who are trying to make their mark. We searched for different Instagram accounts, assess every content, analyze the history and overall aesthetics, and deliberate careful results in no particular order.

1. @tylerhiggs

Tyler Higgs took advantage of the Instagram to showcase his body of daily doodles. His feed consists of the artwork on the right side and his tools of trade culled from his sketchbooks and matched with his overall style. There are also other executions to further test his creativity.


2. @christoph_loves_drawing

Christoph’s impeccable and remarkable style makes the big picture of his name very distinguishable on the cloud.



3. @mrjoemcmenamin

It’s Joseph McMenamin. Do you need a reason? His feed is full of patterns illustrated with clean fine lines that exudes a confident New Zealand feel and utter coziness. A distinct style like this is worth following.


4. @kelosart

Kelo’s fun and witty creations gained significant followers on art blogs and also his Instagram, because of his pop and energetic colors, strong lines and sense of wild youthful life.

I’m Psycho-delic

A photo posted by Matthew Laurence Knott (@matthewlaurenceknott) on


5. @igotthedoodles

An abstract doodle art like this is one of the most popular ones that brings creativity all over the planet. What’s interesting about this visually beautiful style is that it fits many applications that are completely new fresh to the concept of the hip style and street art.


6. @tomjoyceillustration

An illustration maverick like this artist has a good taste in details, elements, lines, and depth. Overloaded with anthropomorphic creatures, you’ll enjoy diving in to his works once you start following him. Moreover, you’ll see a lot of awesomeness while browsing the history of his Instagram page.


7. @hannakarlzon

Hanna Karlzon is the Swedish creator of different botanical marvels that spread across Europe to found a way to be creative and indulging. The concept of her Instagram feed is always packed with interesting patterns of nature. You’ll learn to relax after you follow this brilliant collection.


8. @nairone

Nairone’s Instagram feed is a window to eye-popping artworks that embodies a great design. He perfectly executes a creative piece by harmonizing his illustration skills with the style of lettering and doodling. Nairone’s feed gives fans insight to an artist’s work, life, and process.



9. @narjiskhan

Narjis Khan is a must-follow for fans of doodles, hand cut paper works, and installation arts. You may need to love the idea of being analytical yet imaginative to produce a genius craft that is strategically designed to complement with a group of art forms.


10. @kesar_khinvasara

If you’re looking for ridiculously amazing mandalas, Kesar has it all. The consistency of shapes was technically impressive, but the overall value and rhythm of the final art is so astounding considering the time and effort you need to invest for this kind of passion.



11. @_lostboy_

This could be the jack of all arts on our list. His feed can be unusually different but the artistic value is always guaranteed. As you examine the contents, they are ridiculously amazing as you understand his creative process and the dedication to build this bizarre collection.


12. @loganlogicart

Whatever Logan Belz is working on, staring too long at his murals may find yourself hypnotized. Logan’s choice of colors are sleek and flat with modern twist that will display fresh mind-boggling art to complement the tone of his collection. Expect lots of mood and vibrant colors making him a psychedelic and hypnotic artist in your feed.


13. @tea_wei

T-Wei’s feed is more than just pictures of art: it’s full of emotions and chronicles of art life. Whether it’s quick sketches or full rendered art, the black-and-white illustrations on display here all showcase an intriguing light and animated style.


14. @cafeinacoli

Carolina Arevalo is the kind of delicate lines, full of inks and dots, and celestial-looking circles that seems to float right above the standards of great aesthetics. The addition of hues blended professionally is match made in heaven for her collection.


15. @dave__draws

If you’re looking for ridiculously amazing patterns and mandalas, Dave has it all. The consistency of shapes was technically impressive, but the overall value and rhythm of the final art is so astounding considering the time and effort you need to invest for this kind of passion.


16. @mulberryart

More than the simplicity and appeal of the lines, Mulberry Art produces artworks that are great reference for color schemes. His feed is like a collection of an organized color wheel. With accurate choice of colors, it’s also a great learning tool to identify color harmonies.


17. @eyespsyche

Come for the party as this artist draw with such vitality that makes the composition very dynamic. The feed is mostly playful with asymmetrical balance.


18. @pentasticarts

Joseph Catimbang is a rising doodle artist that you should definitely follow. His feed is filled with captivating illustrations from every step of his artistic process, from WIPs to sketching and final inking.


19. @healing.ripples

Shots by Colorful Mandala Creations is lit perfectly and beautifully composed, displaying a huge variety of mandalas ranging from monochromatic to polychromatic drawings made by this great artist from Namibia.



20. @pastorptdraws

There doesn’t seem to be characters on this collection but the patterns are simply incredible. If you need some doodle-inspired textile or interior designs, follow him and be amazed with never-ending rhythm.


21. @just_in_doodle

We all need that cute and kid thing on our inspiration list and this artist has them in abundance. His sketches are always fun just like his iconic Llama.


22. @dzoolivier

Fantasy and fiction, the magical and madness, and the excellence of every piece is all about Dzo’s splendid collection that tells wondrous stories. Perfect for maximalists, following Dzo will uplift your desire for more fine details and message that really packs a punch.


23. @piccandle

Piccandle’s Instagram feed dwells an exceptional assortment of cute and adorable creatures that was persistently drawn in clean and bold lines.


24. @mr_riu

Though Riu’s collection are mostly combination of different materials, the overall composition and clever photography on almost everything makes an ingenious collection of handmade labors of passion.


25. @scolaalmeida

Adding his stream to your feed is sure to give you some pop culture inspiration, abstract ideas, and illustrations of people in wild colors. For some good reasons, the style was compelling and the color combinations of his art pieces are very appealing as the subject matter itself is exquisitely gorgeous.


26. @ardanarie

Motivated by the vision of his doodling community, Riean Yogyakarta doodles everything from people to animals and different creatures. One thing that’s clear from his Instagram feed, he never puts the pen down.


27. @saminthewolf

Sam Yong is just another illustrator who is clearly obsessed with details. Influenced by deep enigmatic illustrations, his intriguing collection makes it very interesting to follow.


28. @thebearhugco

Luxe Dixon creates a body of work that fits well on shirts. Its detail and colors make his feed a must-follow. After it looks perfect on his sketchpad, it will surely looks impressive on your news feed as well.


29. @vexx_art

Belgian illustrator Vince Okerman showcase a combination of realism and doodle art that takes predominance on his page. Followed closely by a timelapse video on his selected works, you’ll be amazed on his process given that he has the artistic value, surprise value, and entertainment value uploaded on his Youtube account.


30. @epicycloid

Whether you’re looking for a whole new doodling idea using a watercolor and ink, this artist serves daily inspiration that shows passion for hues, grading, and detailing . I guess you have to hit that follow button to see more.



As Tom Wujec says, we are all visual creatures. We help people understand and act on our doodle that captures the essence of an idea. Needless to say, your feed is about to get cooler when you’re following us @doodleartsmag.

Not every artists might be using Instagram. If there’s an awesome doodler not listed above, add them in the comments and we’ll follow them.

Interview with doodle artist Kerby Rosanes

Kerby Rosanes, the man behind Sketchy Stories blog, works as a SEO specialist and graphic designer by day and as a doodle artist by night. And just like any superhero, he has his unique, unmistakable style of turning something as supposedly easy as doodles into real art.

His passion for Anime and cartoons feed the amazing stories he puts on paper – sometimes as a hobby, others for work. And in his latest project, Moleskine Doodles, he only uses black pens and moleskine sketchbooks to create his doodles – and he’s doing a very cool job so far.


An awesome concept in mind will just be useless without the proper skill, discipline and style to make them materialize


Do you have any design-related studies, or are you self taught?

I never had any art-related education or studies. I always loved drawing since I was a kid trying to make something awesome out of my crayons.


How long have you been doodling? When did you decide it was more than a hobby?

I started doodling last year. But I’ve been doing illustrations and other art related things since I was in high school. Doodling became more than just a hobby when more and more people are commissioning me to create an artwork for them. Doodling has turned out to be my part-time work since then. 


However, this is not your main occupation. When do you find the time for doodling as well, everyday?

I have my regular job in SEO and graphic design, 8 hours a day, 5 times a week. The rest of my time, most likely at night are all spent with my pens and sketchbooks.


Some people think art is just about feeling inspired. Is there any discipline required, too, from your point of view?

I think it is a combination of feeling inspired and the ability to execute the ideas based from those inspirations. An awesome concept in mind will just be useless without the proper skill, discipline and style to make them materialize.


I discovered your work along with your latest project, Moleskine Doodles. Before doodles, what else was there?

I’ve been creating illustrations, drawings and other art-related activities. I used to commission projects in mural/wall painting, character design and any random drawing gigs.


I’m a huge fan of Anime and cartoons


What are the tools you use the most?

I use sketchbooks, drawing papers and black pens. If the work requires, I also do them in digital form using Photoshop.


Do you have a typical working process? What would it be? 

After analyzing a project brief, I will start finding reference images online to aide me with the composition. From there comes the spontaneous inking and doodling on paper. If the client requires, I sometimes refine the drawing in Photoshop.


You have a lot of fantasy elements in your drawings and the feeling I get when looking at one is that it keeps happening, it never ends. What inspires you for each piece you create?

I’ve been a huge fan of Anime and cartoons. I think the cool and happy feel on the characters I watch reflect on my own doodle characters. Aside from Anime, music also play an important part in my whole doodle process.


I want to create an album artwork for a famous band like OneRepublic, The Script or Maroon5


Among other things, you sell your art on Society 6, printed on everyday items like iPhone cases, laptop stickers, t-shirts and hoodies. How does it feel being able to wear clothes and accessories with your own creations on them – and mostly, how does it feel knowing so many people do so, too?

Of course it feels great! Every time I receive a photo from someone wearing a shirt or hanging a print in their wall, that awesome feeling come across me saying – “I did a great job!”.


Your doodle project got a lot of exposure online, in the past few months. Is there any talk of a partnership between you and the Moleskine brand? If not, would you want there to be? 

None so far. But would love to when given the opportunity. 


What is your craziest dream that still hasn’t come true? (it could be anything, like having your doodles printed on an airplane or a hot air balloon, or working with a certain famous brand/celebrity, or doodling for an urban project, having your work exposed on the streets… just about anything.)

Interesting question. I have a lot actually. I want to create an album artwork for a famous band like OneRepublic, The Script or Maroon5; a solo exhibition; a doodled cover for The New Yorker; and collaborate with two of my favorite artists Mattias Adolfsson and Johanna Basford.


Any advice for aspiring artists who still haven’t discovered that unique style of theirs?

Work hard. Play harder. Be patient. Just draw. And NEVER quit!

Check out more of Kerby Rosanes’ work on website | facebook | deviantART |twitter | society6

These are Kerby’s best selling coloring books:

• Animorphia – An extreme coloring and search challenge

• Imagimorphia – An extreme coloring and search challenge

• Sketchy Stories – The Sketchbook Art of Kerby Rosanes


Doodles by Some of the Most Famous People in Modern History

David Schulson was a collector by nature, and back in the late 1970s he parlayed it into his very own autograph business on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. As his business grew, he set aside the most precious items for his own collection, including hundreds of illustrated letters by some of the most important cultural and political figures of the 20th century.

Schulson passed away, but his collection lives on in the new book Scrawl: A-Z of Famous Doodles (Rizzoli), released by his family—wife Claudia Strauss-Schulson, and children Caren Strauss-Schulson and Todd Strauss-Schulson. In the book’s foreword, son Todd Strauss-Schulson, a movie director, writes, “There’s something about a doodle that’s unconscious, automatic. When you’re daydreaming, you doodle. When you’re on the phone, you doodle. When you’re bored in school, you draw in the margins of your binder.

“The illustrations in this book are an intimate window into the playful, whimsical, almost childlike side of the artists, writers, scientists, and politicians who shaped the world and culture we live in.”

Claudia, Todd, and Caren shared some of their thoughts and recollections about their favorite drawings from the book.

Roland Topor

“When I was 7, dad would torture me with this Roland Topor. I thought the image was so scary. A field of women’s heads growing out of the ground like cabbage. Hair being braided… it was eerie in a way that gave me nightmares. And each night before bed dad would take the framed drawing off the wall and walk it into my room and say goodnight with it in his hands…like a prank! I had nightmares about it for years. Today it’s on the wall of my apartment…because I’m not scared anymore.” >>Todd Strauss-Schulson

Claude Monet

I love the use of doodling in this autograph letter by Claude Monet. It was written to his art supplier while painting his very famous Water Lilies series. In this letter he is ordering a dozen flat brushes that he needs in order to complete his works. He sketches the brush, to ensure nothing gets lost in translation, demonstrating the exact dimensions of the flat paintbrush. I love seeing this impressionist painter doodle for a very practical purpose. >>Caren Strauss-Schulson

Antoine de Saint Exupery

“Growing up The Little Prince was my favorite book. To this day it is the only book I have ever read in one sitting. This original pencil sketch hung outside my bedroom door and would evoke the same emotions I felt when first reading the story. Seeing the author’s early depiction of the Little Prince offers a window into the thought process of the character, a sense of intimacy and a deeper way to experience the work.”

“I also can’t forget the sketch of the Boa Constrictor swallowing an elephant which, as stated in the book, resembles a hat and always brings a smile to my face.” >>Caren Strauss-Schulson

Queen Victoria

“Queen Victoria’s early drawing intrigues me. The four individual pencil sketches seem to be practice drawings, yet taken together they look like animals and their riders trotting around a path from background to foreground.  The future queen captioned the horse drawn carriage, “Mama in her Phaeton,” which was an open horse-drawn carriage. Victoria, who  enjoyed riding horses and donkeys, might have sketched herself on the donkey in the left foreground, just below her mother’s rig. The cursive handwriting suggests she rendered the illustration  when she was a young adolescent in the early 1830s. In 1837, at the age of 16, Victoria became queen and reigned as the longest lived monarch until her great-great granddaughter Elizabeth II, the current Queen of England, surpassed her. Most intriguing for me in this sketch is the future queen’s depiction of her mother perched rather insecurely on her carriage seat. I wondered whether Victoria intentionally drew her mother sitting precariously, whether her drawing revealed her own artistic limitations, and whether a charming picture on the surface revealed the drama surrounding Victoria’s accession to the British throne.>>Claudia Strauss

Mark Twain

“I like this Mark Twain drawing because it’s funny and because I did not know that the great American writer and humorist held luncheons for women called “Doe Luncheons.” He drew this comical sketch of Jonah and the Whale for his niece’s place card at his second Doe Luncheon, Feb. 11, 1908. He captioned the sketch, “Jonah escaping. Or maybe arriving, it is uncertain which on account of indefiniteness.”

The Doe  Luncheons began almost as a dare when writer and friend, Kate Douglas Wiggin (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm author),  suggested that he have a luncheon for women to complement the Stag Luncheons he hosted for men. The first Doe Luncheons took place about a month earlier on January 14, 1908.” >>Claudia Strauss

Federico Fellini

I remember the day dad bought a collection of these pornographic dick pics by Fellini. He showed them all to me all giddy, explaining that they were hilarious self-portraits and that Fellini was a cartoonist before he was a filmmaker. In one drawing his penis was yelling at him, in the one pictured here a jockey is riding his phallus. I loved them…my mother on the other hand hated them. Dad wanted to put them on the walls of the house, I vividly remember her saying to him “over my dead body, and keep them away from the kids!” For me it’s a personal victory to get one of these in the book. Dad is somewhere giggling at it still. >>Todd Strauss-Schulson

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Doodles in a Million are expensive works of artists who won many hearts with their simplicity of plot.

Contemporary art, presented at the auctions, causes a lot of surprise not only among fans of this genre, but also art critics. Abstract forms, a combination of ordinary colors and scribbles do not leave indifferent connoisseurs of craftsmanship who are ready to pay millions for such masterpieces, although sometimes there is simply nothing to express either admiration or surprise for, except for the loud name of its author.Let’s consider unusual works to figure out what is the point of investing that kind of money in them.

“Blood-Red Mirror”, Gerhard Richter
German famous master, whose works are sold for astronomical money. In this picture, he depicted an ordinary mirror, covering it with blood-red paint. To understand the essence, it is worth looking in the mirror. At the auction, the work went for 1.1 million.

Untitled, Cy Twombly
Illegible, hand-drawn crayon characters covered in transparent paint.Some of them have been cleared of this layer to show others what happened. This work is made on plain paper, which creates associations with the scribbles of a kid mastering calligraphy.

“Spatial concept, expectation”, Lucio Fontana
The artist became the creator of the flow – cut paintings: slits are made on the canvas so that the viewer can feel the space. Considering this work, sold for 1.5 million, I want to know what its quality depends on – the number of cuts or the slope of the lines.

Untitled, Mark Rothko
The painting went under the hammer for 30 million. The author studies the forms and combinations of colors using solid planes, moreover, not trying too hard to center them. The plot of the painting resembles the work of a child who has just begun to study the basics of fine art.

“Dog”, Joan Mira
The famous Spanish artist, in his own way conveys reality – through unusual forms and subjects.The author has many good works, but this one is too simple and schematic. Those who purchased this canvas clearly wanted to stand out, having such a masterpiece in their collection.

90 011 90 000 TOP-30 most expensive artists of the XX century

More than art or just business?


Paul Cezanne

Country France
Years of life 1839-1906
Style Post-Impressionism

The artist was born in the south of France in the small town of Aix-en-Provence, but began to paint in Paris.Real success came to him after a personal exhibition organized by the collector Ambroise Vollard. In 1886, 20 years before his departure, he moved to the outskirts of his hometown. The young artists called their trips to him “a pilgrimage to Aix”.

130×97 cm
$ 250 million
sold in 2012
at a private auction

Cezanne’s work is easy to understand. The only rule of the artist was the direct transfer of the subject or plot to the canvas, so his paintings do not cause bewilderment to the viewer.Cezanne combined two main French traditions in his art: classicism and romanticism. With the help of colorful texture, he gave the form of objects an amazing plasticity.

A series of five paintings “The Card Players” was written in 1890-1895. Their plot is the same – several people are passionate about playing poker. The works differ only in the number of players and the size of the canvas.

Four paintings are kept in museums in Europe and America (Museum d’Orsay, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation and Courtauld Institute of Art), and the fifth, until recently, was an adornment of the private collection of the Greek billionaire shipowner Georg Embirikos.Shortly before his death, in the winter of 2011, he decided to put it up for sale. Art dealer William Aquavella and world-renowned gallery owner Larry Gagosian became potential buyers of Cezanne’s “free” work, offering about $ 220 million for it. As a result, the painting went to the royal family of the Arab state of Qatar for 250 million. The largest art deal in the history of painting was closed in February 2012. This was reported in Vanity Fair by journalist Alexandra Pearce. She found out the cost of the painting and the name of the new owner, and then the information penetrated the media around the world.

In 2010, the Arab Museum of Contemporary Art and the Qatar National Museum opened in Qatar. Now their collections are being replenished. Perhaps the fifth version of The Card Players was acquired by the Sheikh for this purpose.

The most expensive painting in the world

Sheikh Hamad
bin Khalifa Al-Thani

The al-Thani dynasty has ruled Qatar for over 130 years. About half a century ago, huge reserves of oil and gas were discovered here, which instantly made Qatar one of the richest regions in the world.Thanks to the export of hydrocarbons, this small country has the largest GDP per capita. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in 1995, while his father was in Switzerland, with the support of family members seized power. The merit of the current ruler, according to experts, is in a clear strategy for the country’s development, in creating a successful image of the state. Qatar now has a constitution and a prime minister, and women have won the right to vote in parliamentary elections. By the way, it was the Emir of Qatar who founded the Al-Jazeera news channel.The authorities of the Arab state pay great attention to culture.


Jackson Pollock

Country USA
Lives 1912-1956
Style Abstract Expressionism

Jack Sprinkler – this is the nickname given to Pollock by the American public for his special painting technique. The artist abandoned the brush and easel, and poured paint over the surface of the canvas or fiberboard while continuously moving around and inside them.From an early age he was fond of the philosophy of Jiddu Krishnamurti, the main message of which is that the truth is revealed during the free “outpouring”.

122×244 cm
$ 140 million
sold in 2006
at auction Sotheby’s

The value of Pollock’s work is not the result, but the process. The author did not accidentally call his art “painting of action”. With his light hand, it became America’s main treasure.Jackson Pollock mixed paint with sand, broken glass, and wrote with a piece of cardboard, a palette knife, a knife, and a scoop. The artist was so popular that in the 1950s imitators were found even in the USSR. Painting “Number 5” is recognized as one of the strangest and most expensive in the world. One of the founders of the DreamWorks company, David Geffen, acquired it for a private collection, and in 2006 sold it at Sotheby`s auction for $ 140 million to the Mexican collector David Martinez. However, the law firm soon issued a press release on behalf of its client stating that David Martinez was not the owner of the painting.Only one thing is known for certain: the Mexican financier has indeed recently been collecting works of modern art. It is unlikely that he would have missed such a “big fish” as “Number 5” Pollock.


Willem de Kooning

Country USA
Lives 1904–1997
Style Abstract Expressionism

Originally from the Netherlands, he emigrated to the United States in 1926.In 1948, a personal exhibition of the artist took place. Art critics have appreciated the complex, nervous black and white compositions, recognizing the great modernist artist in their author. Most of his life he suffered from alcoholism, but the joy of creating new art is felt in every work. De Kooning is distinguished by the impulsiveness of painting, wide strokes, which is why sometimes the image does not fit within the boundaries of the canvas.

121×171 cm
$ 137 million
sold in 2006
at a private auction

In the 1950s, de Kooning’s paintings showed women with empty eyes, massive breasts, and ugly features.Woman III is the last entry in the series to be auctioned.

Since the 1970s, the painting has been kept in the Tehran Museum of Modern Art, but after the introduction of strict moral rules in the country, they tried to get rid of it. In 1994, the work was exported from Iran, and 12 years later, its owner David Geffen (the same producer who sold Jackson Pollock’s painting “Number 5”) gave the picture to millionaire Stephen Cohen for $ 137.5 million. Interestingly, Geffen in one year began to sell his collection of paintings.This gave rise to a lot of rumors, for example, that the producer decided to buy the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

At one of the art forums, an opinion was expressed about the similarity of “Woman III” with Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Lady with an Ermine”. Behind the toothy smile and shapeless figure of the heroine, the connoisseur of painting discerned the grace of a person of royal blood. This is also evidenced by the poorly traced crown crowning the woman’s head.


Gustav Klimt

Country Austria
Years of life 1862-1918
Style modern

Gustav Klimt was born into the family of an engraving artist and was the second of seven children.Ernest Klimt’s three sons became artists, and only Gustav became famous throughout the world. He spent most of his childhood in poverty. After the death of his father, he was responsible for the whole family. It was at this time that Klimt developed his style. Any viewer freezes in front of his paintings: under the thin touches of gold, frank eroticism is clearly visible.

138×136 cm
$ 135 million
sold in 2006
at auction Sotheby’s

The fate of the painting, which is called the “Austrian Mona Lisa”, could easily become the basis for a bestseller.The artist’s work became the cause of the conflict between the whole state and one elderly lady.

So, “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” depicts an aristocrat, the wife of Ferdinand Bloch. Her last will was to transfer the painting to the Austrian State Gallery. However, Bloch in his will canceled the donation, and the canvas was expropriated by the Nazis. Later the gallery hardly bought the Golden Adele, but then the heiress appeared – Maria Altman, the niece of Ferdinand Bloch.

In 2005, the high-profile trial “Maria Altman against the Austrian Republic” began, as a result of which the picture “left” with her to Los Angeles.Austria took unprecedented measures: loans were negotiated, the population donated money to redeem the portrait. Good never defeated evil: Altman raised the price to $ 300 million. At the time of the trial, she was 79 years old, and she went down in history as the person who changed the will of Bloch-Bauer in favor of personal interests. The painting was acquired by Ronald Lauder, owner of the New Gallery in New York, where it remains to this day. Not for Austria, Altman reduced the price to $ 135 million for him.


Edvard Munch

Country Norway
Years of life 1863-1944
Style Expressionism

The first painting by Munch, which became famous all over the world – “The Sick Girl” (exists in five copies) – is dedicated to the artist’s sister, who died of tuberculosis at the age of 15. Munch was always interested in the topic of death and loneliness. In Germany, his heavy, manic painting even provoked a scandal.However, despite the depressing plots, his paintings have a special magnetism. Take Scream, for example.

73.5×91 cm
$ 119.992 million
sold in 2012
at auction Sotheby’s

The full name of the painting is Der Schrei der Natur (translated from German – “the cry of nature”). The face of either a person or an alien expresses despair and panic – the same emotions are experienced by the viewer when looking at a picture.One of the key works of Expressionism warns of themes that have become acute in the art of the 20th century. According to one version, the artist created it under the influence of a mental disorder, which he suffered all his life.

The painting was twice stolen from different museums, but it was returned. The Scream, which had suffered minor damage after the theft, was restored and was again ready for display at the Munch Museum in 2008. For representatives of pop culture, the work became a source of inspiration: Andy Warhol created a series of his prints-copies, and the mask from the movie “Scream” is made in the image and likeness of the hero of the picture.

On one subject, Munch wrote four versions of the work: the one in a private collection, made in pastels. Norwegian billionaire Petter Olsen put it up for auction on May 2, 2012. The buyer was Leon Black, who did not regret the record amount for the “Scream”. Founder of Apollo Advisors, L.P. and Lion Advisors, L.P. known for his love of art. Black is the patron of Dartmouth College, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Art Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art. It possesses the largest collection of paintings by contemporary artists and classical masters of the past centuries.

“Nude with a bust and green leaves”


Pablo Picasso

Country Spain, France
Years of life 1881-1973
Style Cubism

By birth he is a Spaniard, but by spirit and place of residence he is a real French. Picasso opened his own art studio in Barcelona when he was only 16 years old. Then he went to Paris and spent most of his life there.That is why there is a double stress in his surname. The style invented by Picasso is based on the denial of the opinion that the object depicted on the canvas can be viewed from only one angle.

130×162 cm
$ 106.482 million
sold in 2010
at auction Christie’s

During his work in Rome, the artist met the dancer Olga Khokhlova, who soon became his wife.He put an end to vagrancy, moved with her to a luxurious apartment. By that time, recognition had found a hero, but the marriage was destroyed. One of the most expensive paintings in the world was created almost by accident – for great love, which, as always with Picasso, was short-lived. In 1927, he became interested in the young Marie-Thérèse Walter (she was 17 years old, he was 45). Unbeknownst to his wife, he left with his mistress in a town near Paris, where he painted a portrait depicting Marie-Therese in the image of Daphne. The canvas was acquired by New York dealer Paul Rosenberg and sold to Sydney F.Brody. The Brody spouses showed the picture to the world only once and only because the artist turned 80 years old. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Brody in March 2010 put the work up for auction at Christie’s house. In six decades, the price has risen more than 5,000 times! An unknown collector bought it for $ 106.5 million. In 2011, a “one-painting exhibition” took place in Britain, where it was published for the second time, but the name of the owner is still unknown.


Andy Warhol

Country USA
Lives 1928-1987
Pop Art

“Sex and parties are the only places where you have to appear in person,” said Andy Warhol, the iconic pop art artist, filmmaker, co-founder of Interview magazine.He worked with Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, designed album covers, and designed shoes for I. Miller. In the 1960s, paintings appeared depicting the symbols of America: Campbell`s soup and Coca-Cola, Presley and Monroe – which made him a legend.

358×208 cm
$ 100 million
sold in 2008
at private auction

Warhol’s 60s – this was the name of the era of pop art in America. In 1962, he worked in Manhattan at the Factory Studio, where all the bohemians of New York gathered.Its prominent representatives: Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Truman Capote and other famous personalities in the world. At the same time, Warhol tried the technique of silk-screen printing – multiple repetitions of one image. He also used this method when creating “Eight Elvis”: the viewer seems to see shots from a movie where the star comes to life. There is everything that the artist loved so much: a win-win public image, silver color and a premonition of death as the main message.

There are two art dealers promoting Warhol’s work on the world market today: Larry Gagosian and Alberto Mughrabi.The first spent $ 200 million in 2008 to acquire more than 15 of Warhol’s works. The second buys and sells his paintings like Christmas cards, only more expensive. But not they, but a modest French art consultant Philippe Segalo helped the Roman art connoisseur Annibale Berlingieri to sell Eight Elvis to an unknown buyer for a record amount for Warhol – $ 100 million.


Mark Rothko

Country USA
Lives 1903-1970
Style Abstract Expressionism

One of the creators of color field painting was born in Dvinsk, Russia (now Daugavpils, Latvia), into a large family of a Jewish pharmacist.In 1911, they emigrated to the United States. Rothko studied at the art faculty of Yale University, won a scholarship, but anti-Semitic sentiments forced him to leave his studies. Despite everything, art critics idolized the artist, and museums haunted him all his life.

206×236 cm
$ 86.882 million
sold in 2012
at auction Christie’s

The first artistic experiments of Rothko were of a surrealistic orientation, but over time he simplified the plot to color spots, depriving them of any objectivity.At first they had bright shades, and in the 1960s they turned brown, purple, thickening to black by the time of the artist’s death. Mark Rothko warned against looking for any meaning in his paintings. The author wanted to say exactly what he said: only a color that dissolves in the air, and nothing else. He recommended looking at the works from a distance of 45 cm, so that the viewer was “drawn” in color, like a funnel. Caution: watching according to all the rules can lead to the effect of meditation, that is, gradually come awareness of infinity, complete immersion in oneself, relaxation, purification.The color in his paintings lives, breathes and has a strong emotional impact (they say, sometimes – healing). The artist declared: “The viewer must cry when looking at them,” and there really were such cases. According to Rothko’s theory, at this moment people experience the same spiritual experience that he did in the process of working on a painting. If you managed to understand it on such a subtle level, then you should not be surprised that critics often compare these works of abstract art with icons.

The work “Orange, Red, Yellow” expresses the whole essence of Mark Rothko’s painting.Its initial cost at Christie’s auction in New York is 35-45 million dollars. An unknown buyer offered a price double the estimate. The name of the lucky owner of the picture, as is often the case, was not disclosed.


Francis Bacon

United Kingdom
Lives 1909–1992
Style Expressionism

The adventures of Francis Bacon, a complete namesake and also a distant descendant of the great philosopher, began when his father disowned him, unable to accept his son’s homosexual inclinations.Bacon went first to Berlin, then to Paris, and then his traces are confused throughout Europe. During his lifetime, his works were exhibited in leading cultural centers of the world, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery.

147.5×198 cm (each)
$ 86.2 million
sold in 2008
at auction Sotheby’s

Prestigious museums sought to possess Bacon’s paintings, but the prim English public was in no hurry to fork out for such art.The legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said of him: “The person who paints these horrific pictures.”

The artist himself considered the post-war period to be the starting period in his work. Returning from service, he again took up painting and created the main masterpieces. Before the participation of “Triptych, 1976” in the auction, the most expensive work of Bacon was “Study for a portrait of Pope Innocent X” (52.7 million dollars). In “Triptych, 1976” the artist depicted the mythical plot of the pursuit of Orestes by the furies.Of course, Orestes is Bacon himself, and the furies are his torments. For more than 30 years, the painting was in a private collection and did not participate in exhibitions. This fact gives it a special value and, accordingly, increases its value. But what is a few million for a connoisseur of art, and even generous in Russian? Roman Abramovich began to create his collection in the 1990s, in this he was significantly influenced by his friend Dasha Zhukova, who became a fashionable gallery owner in modern Russia. According to unofficial data, the businessman owns works by Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso, bought for amounts exceeding $ 100 million.In 2008 he won the Triptych. By the way, in 2011, another valuable work of Bacon was acquired – “Three sketches for a portrait of Lucian Freud.” Hidden sources say that Roman Arkadievich has become the buyer again.


Claude Monet

Country France
Years of life 1840-1926
Style Impressionism

The artist is recognized as the founder of impressionism, who “patented” this method in his canvases.The first significant work was the painting “Breakfast on the Grass” (the original version of the work of Edouard Manet). In his youth, he drew cartoons, and took up real painting during his travels along the coast and in the open air. In Paris, he led a bohemian lifestyle and did not leave it even after serving in the army.

210×100 cm
$ 80.5 million
sold in 2008
at auction Christie’s

Besides the fact that Monet was a great artist, he was also enthusiastically engaged in gardening, adored wildlife and flowers.In his landscapes, the state of nature is momentary, objects seem to be blurred by the movement of air. The impression is enhanced by large strokes, from a certain distance they become invisible and merge into a textured, three-dimensional image. In the painting of the late Monet, the theme of water and life in it occupies a special place. In the town of Giverny, the artist had his own pond, where he grew water lilies from seeds specially brought by him from Japan. When their flowers were blooming, he began to paint. The series “Water Lilies” consists of 60 works that the artist painted for almost 30 years, until his death.His vision deteriorated with age, but he did not stop. Depending on the wind, season and weather, the view of the pond was constantly changing, and Monet wanted to capture these changes. Through careful work, an understanding of the essence of nature came to him. Some of the paintings of the series are kept in the world’s leading galleries: National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo), Orangerie (Paris). The version of the next “Pond with water lilies” went into the hands of an unknown buyer for a record amount.


Jasper Johns

Country USA
Year of Birth 1930
Style Pop Art

In 1949, Jones entered design school in New York.Along with Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and others, he is recognized as one of the main artists of the 20th century. In 2012, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

137.2×170.8 cm
$ 80 million
sold in 2006
at private auction

Like Marcel Duchamp, Jones worked with real objects, depicting them on canvas and in sculpture, in full accordance with the original.For his work, he used objects that were simple and understandable to everyone: a beer bottle, a flag or maps. There is no clear composition in the False Start painting. The artist seems to be playing with the viewer, often “incorrectly” signing colors in the picture, inverting the very concept of color: “I wanted to find a way to depict color so that it could be determined by some other method”. His most explosive and “insecure”, according to critics, the painting was acquired by an unknown buyer.


Amedeo Modigliani

Country Italy, France
Years of life 1884-1920
Style Expressionism

Modigliani was often ill from childhood; during a feverish delirium, he recognized his destiny as an artist.He studied drawing in Livorno, Florence, Venice, and in 1906 he left for Paris, where his art flourished.

65×100 cm
$ 68.962 million
sold in 2010
at auction Sotheby’s

In 1917, Modigliani met 19-year-old Jeanne Hébuterne, who became his model and later his wife. In 2004, one of her portraits was sold for $ 31.3 million, the most recent record for Sitting Nude on the Sofa in 2010.The painting was acquired by an unknown buyer at the maximum price for Modigliani at the moment. Active sales of works began only after the death of the artist. He died in poverty, suffering from tuberculosis, and the next day, Jeanne Hébuterne, who was nine months pregnant, also committed suicide.


Qi Baishi

Country China
Years of Life 1864-1957
Style Gohua

An interest in calligraphy led Qi Baishi to paint.At the age of 28, he became a student of the artist Hu Qingyuan. He was awarded the title of “Great Artist of the Chinese People” by the Ministry of Culture of China, and in 1956 he received the International Peace Prize.

10×26 cm
$ 65.4 million
sold in 2011
at auction China Guardian

Qi Baishi was interested in those manifestations of the surrounding world, which many do not attach importance to, and this is his greatness.A person without education became a professor and an outstanding creator in history. Pablo Picasso said about him: “I am afraid to go to your country, because there is Qi Baishi in China.” The composition “Eagle on a Pine” is recognized as the largest work of the artist. In addition to the canvas, it includes two hieroglyphic scrolls. For China, the amount for which the piece was purchased represents a record – 425.5 million yuan. The scroll of ancient calligrapher Huang Tingjian alone was sold for 436.8 million.


Clifford Still

Country USA
Lives 1904-1980
Style Abstract Expressionism

At the age of 20, he visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and was disappointed.Later I enrolled in the student arts league course, but left 45 minutes after the start of the lesson – it turned out “not for him.” The first personal exhibition caused a resonance, the artist found himself, and with it recognition

79×93 cm
$ 61.7 million
sold in 2011
at auction Sotheby’s

All his works, which is more than 800 canvases and 1600 works on paper, Still bequeathed to the American city, where a museum named after him would be opened.Denver became such a city, but only the construction was expensive for the authorities, and to complete it, four works were put up for auction. Still’s works are unlikely to be auctioned ever again, which pushed up their price in advance. The painting “1949-A-No.1” was sold for a record amount for the artist, although experts predicted the sale for a maximum of $ 25-35 million.


Kazimir Malevich

Country Russia
Years of life 1878–1935
Style Suprematism

Malevich studied painting at the Kiev Art School, then at the Moscow Academy of Arts.In 1913, he began to paint abstract geometric paintings in a style that he called Suprematism (from Latin “domination”).

71x 88.5 cm
$ 60 million
sold in 2008
at auction Sotheby’s

The painting was kept in the city museum of Amsterdam for about 50 years, but after a 17-year dispute with Malevich’s relatives, the museum gave it away. The artist wrote this work in one year with the “Manifesto of Suprematism”, so Sotheby`s announced even before the auction that it would not go into a private collection for less than $ 60 million.And so it happened. It is better to look at it from above: the figures on the canvas resemble a view of the earth from the air. By the way, a few years earlier, the same relatives expropriated another “Suprematist Composition” from the MoMA Museum in order to sell it at the Phillips auction for $ 17 million.


Paul Gauguin

Country France
Years of life 1848-1903
Style Post-Impressionism

Until the age of seven, the artist lived in Peru, then returned to France with his family, but childhood memories constantly pushed him to travel.In France, he began to paint with paints, was friends with Van Gogh. He even spent several months with him in Arles, until the moment when Van Gogh cut off his ear during a quarrel.

93.4×60.4 cm
$ 55 million
sold in 2005
at auction Sotheby’s

In 1891, Gauguin arranged a sale of his paintings in order to use the proceeds to go inland of the island of Tahiti. There he created works in which a subtle connection between nature and man is felt.Gauguin lived in a thatched hut, and a tropical paradise blossomed on his canvases. His wife was a 13-year-old Tahitian woman Tehura, which did not prevent the artist from entering into promiscuous relationships. Having contracted syphilis, he left for France. However, Gauguin was cramped there, and he returned to Tahiti. This period is called “the second Tahitian” – it was then that the painting “Bathers” was painted, one of the most luxurious in his work.

“Daffodils and tablecloth in blue and pink”


Henri Matisse

Country France
Years of life 1869-1954
Style Fauvism

In 1889, Henri Matisse suffered an attack of appendicitis.When he was recovering from the operation, his mother bought him paints. First, Matisse copied color postcards out of boredom, then – the works of great painters that he saw in the Louvre, and at the beginning of the 20th century he invented a style – Fauvism.

65.2×81 cm
$ 46.4 million
sold in 2009
at auction Christie’s

The painting “Daffodils and a tablecloth in blue and pink” long belonged to Yves Saint Laurent.After the death of the couturier, his entire collection of art passed into the hands of his friend and lover Pierre Berger, who decided to put it up at Christie’s auction. The pearl of the collection sold was the painting “Daffodils and a Tablecloth in Blue and Pink Tones”, painted on an ordinary tablecloth instead of canvas. As an example of Fauvism, it is filled with the energy of color, the colors seem to explode and scream. From the famous series of paintings painted on a tablecloth, today this work is the only one that is in a private collection.


Roy Lee


Country USA
Lives 1923–1997
Style Pop Art

The artist was born in New York, and after graduating from school, he left for Ohio, where he took art courses. Liechtenstein received his Master of Fine Arts in 1949. His interest in comics and his ability to be ironic made him a cult artist of the last century.

91×91 cm
$ 44.882 million
sold in 2012
at auction Sotheby’s

Chewing gum once fell into the hands of Liechtenstein. He redrawn the picture from the insert to the canvas and became famous. This story from his biography contains the whole message of pop art: consumption is a new god, and there is no less beauty in a candy wrapper from gum than in Mona Lisa. His paintings are reminiscent of comics and cartoons: Liechtenstein simply enlarged the finished image, painted rasters, used screen printing and silk-screen printing.The painting “The Sleeping Girl” for almost 50 years belonged to collectors Beatrice and Philippe Gersh, whose heirs sold it at auction.


Piet Mondrian

Country Netherlands
Lives 1872-1944
Style Neoplasticism

The artist changed his real name – Cornelis – to Mondrian when he moved to Paris in 1912.Together with the artist Theo van Doosburg he founded the “neoplasticism” movement. The Piet programming language is named after Mondrian.

27×127 cm
$ 40 million
sold in 1998
at auction Sotheby’s

The most “musical” artist of the 20th century made a living with watercolors still lifes, although he became famous as a neoplastic artist. He moved to the United States in the 1940s and spent the rest of his life there.Jazz and New York are what inspired him the most! Painting “Victory. Boogie Woogie is the best example of this. The “signature” neat squares were obtained through the use of duct tape, Mondrian’s favorite material. In America he was called “the most famous immigrant.” In the sixties, Yves Saint Laurent released the world famous Mondrian dresses with a print in a large colored cage.


Wassily Kandinsky

Country Russia
Years of life 1866–1944
Style Avant-garde

The artist was born in Moscow, and his father was from Siberia.After the revolution, he tried to cooperate with the Soviet regime, but soon realized that the laws of the proletariat were not created for him, and not without difficulties he emigrated to Germany.

275×190 cm
$ 40 million
sold in 2007
at auction Sotheby’s

Kandinsky was one of the first to completely abandon object painting, for which he received the title of genius. During Nazism in Germany, his paintings were classified as “degenerate art” and were not exhibited anywhere.In 1939, Kandinsky accepted French citizenship, in Paris he freely participated in the artistic process. His paintings “sound” like fugues, so many were called “compositions” (the first was written in 1910, the last – in 1939). “Composition No. 5” is one of the key works in this genre: “The word“ composition ”sounded like a prayer to me,” said the artist. Unlike many followers, he planned what he would depict on a huge canvas, as if he were writing sheet music.


Fernand Leger

Country France
Years of life 1881–1955
Style Cubism-Post-Impressionism

Leger received an architectural education, and then was a student at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.The artist considered himself a follower of Cezanne, was an apologist for Cubism, and in the 20th century he was also successful as a sculptor.

96.5×129.5 cm
$ 39.2 million
sold in 2008
at auction Sotheby’s

David Normann, President of the International Department of Impressionism and Modernism at Sotheby`s, considers the huge amount paid for “The Lady in Blue” to be fully justified. The painting belongs to the famous Leger collection (the artist painted three paintings on one subject, in private hands today – the last of them.- Approx. ed.), and the surface of the canvas was preserved in its original form. The author himself gave this work to the gallery Der Sturm, then it ended up in the collection of Hermann Lang, a German collector of modernism, and now belongs to an unknown buyer.


Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Country Germany
Years of life 1880-1938
Style Expressionism

Kirchner became an iconic person for German Expressionism.However, local authorities accused him of adherence to “degenerate art”, which tragically affected the fate of his paintings and the life of the artist, who committed suicide in 1938.

95×121 cm
$ 38.096 million
sold in 2006
at auction Christie’s

After moving to Berlin, Kirchner created 11 sketches of street scenes. He was inspired by the bustle and nervousness of the big city.Sold in New York in 2006, the artist’s anxiety is especially acute: people on a Berlin street resemble birds – graceful and dangerous. It was the last work from the famous series sold at auction, the rest are kept in museums. In 1937, Kirchner was brutally treated by the Nazis: 639 of his works were removed from German galleries, destroyed or sold abroad. The artist could not survive this.


Edgar Degas

Country France
Years of life 1834-1917
Style Impressionism

Degas’ history as an artist began when he worked as a copyist at the Louvre.He dreamed of becoming “famous and unknown”, and in the end he succeeded. At the end of his life, deaf and blind, 80-year-old Degas continued to attend exhibitions and auctions.

64×59 cm
$ 37.043 million
sold in 2008
at auction Sotheby’s

“Ballerinas have always been just an excuse for me to depict fabrics and capture movement,” Degas said. The scenes from the life of the dancers seem to have been spied on: the girls do not pose for the artist, but simply become part of the atmosphere caught by Degas’s gaze.The Resting Dancer was sold for $ 28 million in 1999, and less than 10 years later it was bought for $ 37 million – today it is the most expensive work of an artist ever put up for auction. Degas paid a lot of attention to frames, designed them himself and forbade changing them. I wonder what frame is installed on the sold painting?


Juan Miro

Country Spain
Life Years 1893-1983
Style Abstract Art

During the Spanish Civil War, the artist was on the side of the Republicans.In 1937, he fled from the fascist regime to Paris, where he lived in poverty with his family. During this period, Miro paints the picture “Help Spain!”, Drawing the attention of the whole world to the dominance of fascism.

89×115 cm
$ 36.824 million
sold in 2012
at auction Sotheby’s

The second title of the painting is “Blue Star”. The artist wrote it in the same year, when he announced: “I want to kill painting” and mercilessly mocked the canvases, scratching the paint with nails, gluing feathers to the canvas, covering the work with rubbish.His goal was to debunk the myths about the mystery of painting, but having coped with this, Miro created his own myth – a surreal abstraction. His “Painting” belongs to the cycle of “dream pictures”. Four buyers fought for it at the auction, but one incognito phone call resolved the dispute, and “Painting” became the artist’s most expensive painting.


Yves Klein

Country France
Years of life 1928-1962
Style monochrome painting

The artist was born into a family of painters, but studied oriental languages, sailing, the craft of a gilder of frames, Zen Buddhism and much more.His personality and cheeky antics were many times more interesting than monochrome paintings.

153х199х16 cm
$ 36.779 million
sold in 2012
at Christie’s


The first exhibition of monochromatic yellow, orange, pink works did not arouse public interest. Klein took offense and next time presented 11 identical canvases, dyed with ultramarine mixed with a special synthetic resin. He even patented this method.The color went down in history as “Klein’s international blue”. The artist also sold emptiness, created paintings, substituting paper in the rain, setting fire to cardboard, making prints of the human body on canvas. In a word, he experimented as best he could. To create the “Blue Rose” I used dry pigments, resins, pebbles and natural sponge.


Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Country Great Britain
Years of Life 1836-1912
Style Neoclassicism

Sir Lawrence himself added the prefix “alma” to his surname to be the first in art catalogs.In Victorian England, his paintings were so in demand that the artist was awarded the knighthood.

213.4×136.7 cm
$ 35.922 million
sold in 2011
at auction Sotheby’s

Antiquity was the main theme of Alma-Tadema’s work. In the paintings, he tried to depict the era of the Roman Empire in the smallest detail, for this he even was engaged in archaeological excavations on the Apennine Peninsula, and in his London house he reproduced the historical interior of those years.Mythological stories became another source of inspiration for him. The artist was in great demand during his lifetime, but after his death he was quickly forgotten. Now interest is reviving, as evidenced by the cost of the painting “In Search of Moses”, seven times higher than the pre-sale estimate.

“Portrait of a sleeping nude official”


Lucian Freud

Country Germany,
Great Britain
Lives 1922–2011
Style figurative painting

Artist – grandson of Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis.After the establishment of fascism in Germany, his family emigrated to the UK. Freud’s works are in the Wallace Collection in London, where no contemporary artist has previously exhibited.

219.1×151.4 cm
$ 33.6 million
sold in 2008
at auction Christie’s

While fashionable artists of the 20th century created positive “color spots on the wall” and sold them for millions, Freud painted extremely naturalistic paintings and sold them even more expensive.“I capture the cries of the soul and the suffering of the fading flesh,” he said. Critics believe that this is all the “legacy” of Sigmund Freud. The paintings were so actively exhibited and successfully sold that the experts had doubts: do they have hypnotic properties? Sold at auction “Portrait of a sleeping nude official”, according to the publication of Sun, was acquired by the connoisseur of beauty and billionaire Roman Abramovich.


X one Gris

Country Spain
Lives 1887-1927
Style Cubism

Born in Madrid, where he graduated from the School of Arts and Crafts.In 1906 he moved to Paris and entered the circle of the most influential artists of the era: Picasso, Modigliani, Braque, Matisse, Leger, also worked with Sergei Diaghilev and his troupe.

5×100 cm
$ 28.642 million
sold in 2010
at auction Christie’s

Gris, in his own words, was engaged in “flat, colored architecture”. His paintings are precisely thought out: he did not leave a single accidental stroke, which makes creativity akin to geometry.The artist created his own version of Cubism, although he greatly respected Pablo Picasso, the founding father of the direction. The successor even dedicated his first work in the style of cubism “Tribute to Picasso” to him. The painting “Violin and Guitar” is recognized as outstanding in the artist’s work. During his lifetime, Gris was famous, treated kindly by critics and art critics. His works are exhibited in the world’s largest museums and are kept in private collections.


Salvador Dali

Country Spain
Years of life 1904-1989
Style surrealism

“Surrealism is me,” Dali said when he was expelled from the surrealist group.Over time, he became the most famous surrealist painter. Dali’s work is everywhere, not just in galleries. For example, it was he who invented the packaging for Chupa-Chups.

25×33 cm
$ 20.6 million
sold in 2011
at auction Sotheby’s

In 1929, the poet Paul Eluard and his Russian wife Gala came to visit the great provocateur and brawler Dali. The meeting was the beginning of a love story that lasted more than half a century.The painting “Portrait of Paul Eluard” was painted just during this historic visit. “I felt that it was my duty to capture the face of the poet, from whose Olympus I had kidnapped one of the muses,” the artist said. Before he met Gala, he was a virgin and was disgusted at the thought of having sex with a woman. The love triangle existed until the death of Eluard, after which it became a Dali-Gala duet.


Marc Chagall

Country Russia, France
Years of life 1887–1985
Style avant-garde

Moisha Segal was born in Vitebsk, but in 1910 he emigrated to Paris, changed his name, became close to the leading avant-garde artists of the era.In the 1930s, when the Nazis seized power, he left for the United States with the help of the American Consul. He returned to France only in 1948.

80×103 cm
$ 14.85 million
sold in 1990
at Sotheby’s

The painting “Anniversary” is recognized as one of the best works of the artist. It contains all the features of his work: the physical laws of the world are erased, the feeling of a fairy tale is preserved in the scenery of a philistine life, and love is in the center of the plot. Chagall did not draw people from nature, but only from memory or fantasizing.The painting “Jubilee” depicts the artist himself with his wife Bela. The painting was sold in 1990 and has not been auctioned since then. Interestingly, the MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York stores exactly the same, only under the name “Birthday”. By the way, it was written earlier – in 1915.

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90,000 Sketches from renowned artists

Raphael (1483-1520)

One of the most famous Renaissance painters, Raphael is also known as “Il Divino” (Divine).He is famous for his geometric figures in painting, as well as the paintings “Sistine Madonna” (1512) and “Transfiguration” (1516-1520). During his stay in Florence, Raphael got acquainted with the work of Leonardo Da Vinci, whose style greatly influenced his further drawing technique. Raphael often sketched ideas on paper, some of them were handwritten and intended for specific paintings, others perhaps just to capture a fleeting moment.

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

Painter, sculptor, architect and scientist, Leonardo was one of the most gifted people of all time.His most famous works include the drawing of the Vitruvian Man (1490-1492), the Mona Lisa portrait “La Gioconda” (1503-1505), the fresco “The Last Supper” (1495-1498) and others. Unfortunately, most of Leonardo’s graphic art has been lost. Fortunately, several of his sketchbooks have survived, most of them with examples of scientific diagrams and research drawings that rivaled only those of Michelangelo.

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)

Born in Florence in 1475, Michelangelo remains one of the greatest draftsmen in the history of art.Embodying disegno (the principle / method that underlies sculpture, as well as the visual arts of painting and architecture), he created awe-inspiring sketches, drawings, paintings and sculptures. His most famous works include the painting of the vault of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and marble statues: Pieta (1500) and David (1501-1504).

Most of Michelangelo’s sketches and doodles were never intended for public display, and no doubt he would have been horrified by the crowds they attract when they are exhibited in museums today.In fact, he destroyed a large number of sketches before his death in order to avoid such an event. Perhaps he wanted to hide how much prep work went into his final piece of art. Historically, artists have attached great importance only to finished products. Michelangelo, for example, folded up his sketches and used them as note paper, there he made shopping lists and wrote down expenses. In 2002, for example, a quick chalk drawing was discovered abandoned and forgotten in a box in a downtown warehouse at the New York National Museum of Design.It was created around 1530 and is valued at approximately US $ 10 million.

“No one else has done and will not make such excellent works, and it is hardly possible to repeat what has been done with all efforts.” Giorgio Vasari

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Preliminary sketches were extremely important to the great Baroque painter Rubens, especially when transferring a large part of the painting to his assistants. When painting portraits, he usually does a quick sketch first, usually drawing and erasing with brown ink.Then he makes a more detailed description of the oil sketch, which should be presented to the client for approval or comment. Then this, another anatomical detail, would be produced in the form of a supplement. Only after both samples are complete will he focus on the painting itself.

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)

Van Gogh was one of the world’s foremost influential artists of the Post-Impressionist movement. Although he was unable to sell a single painting in his life, today his work brings in millions.Some of his most famous creations include: The Potato Eaters (1885, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), Twelve Sunflowers in a Vase (1888, Neue Pinakothek, Munich), Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889, Courtauld Institute Galleries, London) and Starry Night (1889, Museum of Contemporary Art, New York). He was also well known for his letter sketches (133 in total) – letters he wrote to friends (including his brother Theo and fellow artist Paul Gauguin) where he sketched the paintings he planned to create.

Edgar Degas (1834-1917)

A key figure in French painting, Degas was one of the leading exponents of Impressionism, although he never really put up with such a label, preferring to be thought of as a realist. based on his academic background. He was especially impressed with the work of the Italian masters during a trip to Italy in 1850, Degas sketched in his notebooks many of their paintings and frescoes. He was especially interested in sketches of ballet dancers, milliners and laundresses in Paris, and thousands of his pencil and pastel drawings are still alive today.During his life, the artist performed 38 sketchbooks, which provide art critics with first-hand proof of his methods of work. He kept his books to record works of art as he saw people, observing them, to visualize fictional scenes or to experiment with new concepts.

The artist finishes other people’s scribbles, turning them into animal drawings – Zagge.ru

When the artist Claudio Francescato, also known as Francis Cat, was a child, he loved to look for hidden things that no one could see.

He went to a friend’s barn to find his grandfather’s old rusty tools, just to play with them, and as soon as he “updated” them, his little friends asked to let them play. Claudio grew up with the idea that ugly things are ugly only because no one saw their potential, their hidden beauty. According to him, he always fixes “ugly” things, because he looks at them as treasures, as exclusive things.

“It’s like when a person discovers that the music he has been listening to for many years is supported by everyone and has become too easy to find, and he starts to get angry.Because it’s very easy to judge a song with the help of critics. But when he looks back, he is proud of his discovery before all these people, for many years he was alone! ”

This is how Claudio started his project called SCARADOODLES (“Doodles” – “doodle” in English and “scarabocchio” in Italian). In each video, he completes one scrawl left by his guest, transforming it into an animal. He uploads the resulting videos to his Youtube channel.


Pelican from alien scribbles

The artist Claudio Francescato in his SCARADOODLES project finishes other people’s scribbles, turning them into animal drawings.More about the artist: http://zagge.ru/?p=11740 Claudio’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUj_wGF3xowfD8HgY7Sj-Rg

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90,000 A multicolored “daub”, highly artistic scribbles, tyap-bloopers art, artists from the word “bad” and other “unrecognized” are going to Yekaterinburg. Talented Sverdlovsk VIPs will get a chance to get into history

From 2 to 4 August in Yekaterinburg an unprecedented event for those who like to draw, interesting for experienced experts and completely useless for the layman will take place – The Museum of Everything called “the museum of all sorts of crap”).He will come to the capital of the Middle Urals in the truest sense of the word, because he is a huge transforming truck (presumably red), which is decomposed into a small museum building.

The creators position their creation as “the world’s only traveling museum of works by unknown, previously not exhibited artists, as well as self-taught artists.” In past years, the museum has participated in exhibitions in one of the most famous galleries of modern art in London, Tate Modern (a kind of Hermitage of modern art) and in the Italian Agnelli Museum.

In the name of the museum, by the way, there is some slyness, and maybe a marketing technique – “everything” that happens in ordinary museums is not to be found here, there is only fine art. The organizers are ready to accept everything for their exhibition: from amateur paintings that are not exhibited anywhere, children’s scribbles with the left hand, to graphic sketches or “daubs” that have been dreamed and laid out on paper, and thus “find unrevealed talents.” There are such, for example, among Sverdlovsk politicians: for example, the deputy of the Sverdlovsk Legislative Assembly Yevgeny Artyukh draws for his own pleasure, and his colleague Galina Artemyeva manually makes dolls and vases from bottles.

“The Museum will be glad to see among the exhibition participants artists working in alternative and non-traditional genres, for example, visionary artists, as well as those who do not consider themselves part of the art world. Artists who discovered their creativity in old age, homeless artists, artists with physical and mental disabilities are also invited to participate. The museum will gladly welcome the work of artists from community centers, churches, prisons and hospitals.We will also be happy to accept works by deceased artists, artists working in the art brut field or outsider art. We do not accept works by professional artists or art students, ”reads the museum’s poster.

Thus, the arrival of the entire museum to Yekaterinburg can become not only an interesting, but also a useful event for the city, in which, according to experts, “there are enough talented people, but there are absolutely no scouts who would look for these people and take them to shine”.

The exhibition may well be of interest to one fifth of the inhabitants of the capital of the Middle Urals, according to art critics. “Different people live in Yekaterinburg. There are those who are accustomed to art, which must be worshiped as an icon, and to the standard scheme, when a museum guide leads a tour and teaches how to worship this very icon or “Mona Lisa”. At the same time, contemporary art trends suggest that a museum is, in fact, just a magnifying glass for everything that happens in life.The museum is called upon to emphasize this happening, to draw our attention to it. Some understand this, especially since today many travel the world, actively use the Internet, expand their horizons as much as possible, while the majority still live in the era of perception of Chekhov’s “cherry orchard”. I think that 20% of the residents of our city can quite understand the exhibition of this “museum of everything”, – rector of the Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art Sergey Kropotov shared his thoughts on the upcoming exhibition.

The Museum of Everything exposition will be open from 2 to 4 August on the embankment of the Iset River (65, Gorky Street, from the side of the keyboard monument), from noon to 9 pm. It should be noted that the exhibition will be a kind of qualifying competition. The best amateur works, selected by an expert jury, will go to Moscow for the final stage of the exhibition.

“When you write your own, and they tell you that you copy, it infuriates” – KVnews.ru

The daughter of the famous artist Georgy KICHIGINA, artist, teacher and Ph.D. Anastasia KICHIGINA spoke with KV correspondent Irina BORODYANSKAYA about the path of art in time and her own path to art.

Instead of kindergarten – theater
My childhood was filled with impressions. On the one hand, I have visited both the Union of Artists and my father’s workshop. I liked everything there, especially dipping my fingers in paint, so they were rarely allowed to see the pictures. Besides, I was a terrible thing and did not stop asking questions until I had exhausted the topic – few could stand it.
On the other hand, I spent even more time in the drama theater, where my mother worked in the sewing workshop, participating in the creation of theatrical costumes.The chief costume designer at that time was Svetlana STAVTSEVA, who later became a famous fashion designer in the country. I still remember her sketches and the unusual things that were obtained from them. I remember the decorative workshop (small I went to all the service rooms), which seemed to me to be a real temple – the ceilings were as high as in the auditorium, and decorations were hung along the entire length of the walls. How many amazing things I saw there! For example, artificial candles, which were made at that time with the help of cotton wool – they turned out just like real ones, much more alive than modern electric ones.And rehearsals, fitting – all the magic of the theater, when real heroes and the world around them turn out from ordinary people and things, I felt it as a child. So initially my choice of profession was predetermined – not only by heredity, but also by the theater. And at first I wanted to study as a theater artist.

Early Scribbles of Fate
Honestly, I don’t know what happened before: I saw my father’s work or I wanted to paint myself. Recently, while cleaning up before renovation, I found my drawings, wrapped in a roll by my grandmother, on which were written “1 year”, “1.5 years”… Under my scribbles, my grandmother signed that I drew, and something really can be identified. They obviously didn’t take me to the workshop so early. However, there were times when my father, clenching his teeth, sat down to teach me to draw. Then he was still a terrible maximalist, and to me, 5-year-old, he began to show: here he drew not so, not so there. And he demonstrated how to do it – with one stroke he did better what it took me half an hour to do. How jealous I was then! At the institute, I have already acquired immunity to criticism, the periodic harassment for “insufficient level” have done their job.Now my father has become softer, he had to – he works at the institute, and teaching requires patience.

Hudgraf did not select
I knew from childhood that I would be like a dad and always talked about it. I could not imagine myself as a law or economics student, and the art department became an ideal place for me. Education was great, fun and easy. The main occupation was to draw, and I did not notice objects that were not in my specialty. I studied easily, I was lucky both with the course and with the teachers.We periodically meet with fellow students. Many work by profession – some have become a real painter, some are quite successful in illustration. Our graduates work in art schools and teach children. Although the male part of our course mostly went into commerce, they still have families, they need to earn money. Few left Omsk. Some have moved to St. Petersburg, and one of my classmates generally lives in Brazil.

You draw, unable to dismiss
Usually the idea is born distantly.An associative array arises – it happens that you see slippers, and then you draw Pierrot. Often I draw under the impression of the story I heard. A picture appears in my head that cannot be dismissed, it stands before our eyes and demands to be captured. Many of my works are written in this way and often surprise my friends: what has suddenly come over me? Usually, artists have their own subject matter, a system of worldview. And these pictures in front of your eyes at times stand out from the general row, and nothing can be done about it.For example, back in his student years, it snowed once on March 8. We got together with a group to celebrate the holiday, and one of our girlfriends went on a date. When she returned, she was covered in snow, frozen and with a bouquet of roses. I had this picture for a whole year then stood before my eyes. True, the picture had to be called not “March 8”, but “February 14”. For some reason, people did not believe that there is so much snow in the spring.

We know each other by ourselves
With the father, of course, they compare. On the one hand – where to go: we are similar even in appearance, he himself talks about it.They also say that our intonations are similar. Not only are both Gemini, they were also born in the same year – Kota. Therefore, the perception of the world is probably similar. We hardly talked about each other, we already had enough topics for conversation. We can say that we know about each other by ourselves.
On the one hand, I’m used to it, but on the other hand, when it comes to painting, it’s terribly annoying. I don’t look back at anyone when I’m doing something, except for the classics. Therefore, I am not very familiar with modern art either – there is such an effect when you see enough of something, and then unconsciously the similarity pops up, and it turns out that you ripped it off.
Therefore, when you write your own, and they tell you that you copy, it infuriates. Moreover, it was the father, as if there were no more artists. But he and I have the same idols: Vermeer DELFTSKY, REPIN, VELASQUEZ, GOYA. I independently defined a “pantheon” for myself, and then he told me that he also liked the same ones.

Protest cats
After in 2000 they began to tell me in chorus that I was copying my father’s style, my first cat from the future series “City Cats” was born – I drew him in the style of “Get, fascist, a grenade”, completely not in the technique of Georgy Petrovich …It was a gnarled, rectangular cat with bulging eyes. Suddenly, everyone liked it – not only the artists, but also the buyers. These cats began to be in demand, and I can do an infinite number of such works – I have living material at my side: two cats and four cats live at home.

Scientific and ethnic representations
I defended my dissertation on philosophy on the topic “The Art of Neoarchaism in the Context of Contemporary Regional Culture.” Now the trend of returning to archaic themes is gaining momentum, and to the ethnicity of specific regions, including Siberian ones.Representatives of different nationalities, including Buryats, Khakass, began to realize more and more clearly that they are a separate people. This year I went to Khakassia and found that there is a fairly active propaganda of the doctrine of the great Khakass people. People gradually realize that they are representatives of an ancient people and bearers of unique qualities.
I do not plan to defend my doctoral degree yet, although I am beginning to understand that this is the only way in the current situation of instability to more or less stabilize my position.The material for the continuation of the research is collected by itself, so I do not renounce the continuation of scientific research.

New contingent without target
The student body is changing at the university. Initially, students came to our evening department who had already worked as designers and wanted to get a higher education. They had a clear idea of ​​the profession and knew why they were going to university. Now more and more school graduates come with wide-eyed eyes, who have absolutely no idea what awaits them and why they need it.They are not guided by either the school or their parents, and we have to give them targets ourselves, otherwise it is almost impossible to force them to learn. Only a few understand that learning takes effort. Among the students, of course, there are both talents and workaholics – those who plow and, as a result, defend themselves by real specialists.

Venice for Venice
Recently, I often work on interior paintings. Venice is popular in our city. Lately I have painted 10 different views of Venice in different rooms.Perhaps this is the herd instinct being triggered. Perhaps people see from friends, they like it, but they cannot imagine something else beautiful. Sometimes designers, inadvertently, put Venice in the project – they simply select a picture that matches the color, and the customers get used to it and do not agree to replace it with anything. Many go to the point of absurdity, demanding that the project be respected to the last button. Although designers create an exemplary interior in order to determine the color scheme and shapes. Often the items marked in the project are not even on sale.
In general, I noticed that many people have problems with imagination. Many people cannot imagine how a small picture will look enlarged on the wall. Or how it will be in harmony with the furniture … Often lucky, and clients trust the designers and me, but seeing the intermediate stages of work, they shudder convulsively. Then they breathe a sigh of relief: it turned out beautifully.
Sometimes I suffer: this is not why I wanted to become an artist. I thought I would sit in a workshop and paint great canvases, but I have to earn a living.In principle, there is enough, but it could have been more – there is still not enough for real Venice. This prompts to paint living quarters.

Early habit of change
While I was in school, my mother sewed. She went to tailors because her grandmother believed that in a hungry year this profession would always save her. My grandmother also sewed, thanks to which the family did not starve during the war. When there was no money, and the salary was not given out or was given out in kind, my mother sewed in exchange for food.Of course, it was hard for her – she remembered the carefree Soviet times better.
I got used to the changes easier: I managed to be a pioneer, I almost got into the Komsomol. Then all this chaos went – perestroika, the Afghan war, bandits, racketeering … I remember how those who returned from the war dived into ditches if the bus trumpet loudly clapped … It was all, but for me it, like a theater curtain, passed by … If you count all the negativity in life, you can get depressed for many years.This does not mean that I do not notice anything, I just understand: there is bad, but there is also good.

There was a fashion for nightgowns and soap dishes
The times were funny. Now I remember how they lived, how they dressed, what they watched, what they talked about – it’s funny to me. At first, the entire city, from children to elderly women, walked around in plastic soap-dish shoes. Then they brought in either Chinese, or Indian, or pajamas, or nightgowns, and everyone without exception began to walk in them down the street, because they were “unusually beautiful” – with appliqués and embroidery.In Soviet times, it was a curiosity, and many did not even realize that these were nighties.
Everything passes. The way we dressed at school would be chuckling now. And then it was fashionable. I remember how I walked in a straight, stitched coat a la sweatshirt. On the back, my mother made an applique in the shape of the Kremlin in a patchwork technique with beads. At the time, this coat made a lasting impression. Almost all the things that I had and have are the work of my mother’s hands, we have always been the most fashionable with her. Although she worked as a cutter, she is a fashion designer by education.

Soviet artists had an easier life
What artists did in Soviet times is now much cheaper and faster to be done by designers. Previously, there was no concept of “design” – there was a graphic designer who could work both as a painter and a graphic artist. Not only Lenin’s profiles and slogans, but all theatrical and film posters were made by artists. It didn’t take very long, but it made it possible to exist. The exhibitions were not just free, but obligatory. Now, not even in all cities, the art unions have preserved exhibition premises.

Shoes or a painting?
According to statistics, one or two works are sold from the exhibition, rarely more – even if the author exhibited only still lifes or views of Omsk. In order to somehow recoup the costs of creativity, you have to set high prices. Although these are not posters or postcards, art is always expensive. By the way, in the early 2000s, I saw posters on sale that were more expensive than works by Omsk masters. And they were in great demand, even those that were not printed copies of generally recognized masterpieces, and real, living works of Omsk artists remained unclaimed.
People still measure everything with apartments and cars. Although any art, not only generally recognized masterpieces, becomes more expensive over time, acquiring at least antique value.
One day a man came to me who said: “I think what to buy for my wife’s birthday – shoes or a painting? The shoes are cheaper. Throw off the price of a painting – then I’ll buy it. ”
Our people are practical. Here is a painting on the wall – yes, you won’t have to buy a carpet. And the picture is small, you can’t cover the whole wall with it.
Most of the paintings are bought as a gift. Often they are thrown off by the team for the anniversary of the boss or by relatives – for a major family celebration. People began to treat painting like postcards.
Important persons usually order paintings (usually beautiful views or portraits) from those artists whose names are on hearing. And on hearing from their friends – to make an impression for sure. We are originally a merchant city, so a lot is built on the property.
Although the buyers are different.There are still people who appreciate art. Sometimes, even without being able to buy, they go for a whole year and look at the work that has sunk into their souls, watch whether they have bought it, wait for the funds to appear.

Generation “NEXT” is a project that draws attention to its heroes in time coordinates. Our participants are those people whose conscious life fell on a historical period, qualitatively different from the one in which their parents grew up and got on their feet. This very formation among today’s young people, who did not have time to take root in the Soviet Union, took place according to different laws.We are trying to understand what gives and what takes away the freedom of choice brought by the new system, and how much it is necessary in order to truly express oneself. Often our interlocutors are the children of successful parents who managed to take place not only in the old, but also in the new time. Although the elders grew up in the value system, where success had a completely different meaning. What principles does the next generation adhere to? What do they expect from life and what can we expect from them?
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90,000 12 famous self-taught artists who have achieved great success

It would be interesting to know how many of my readers are those who wanted to try writing and seriously take up painting, but stopped not because of a lack of time or a lack of imagination, but because of the widespread stereotype that success in painting can only be achieved after years of art education?

Many believe that self-taught artists can paint only as a hobby, but they cannot count on success, recognition and wealth.

Famous self-taught artists and their paintings

Talking to many people, I hear this opinion in many different forms. I even know many artists who write with enthusiasm and very well, but consider their paintings just fun only because they themselves have not received an art education.

For some reason, they believe that an artist is a profession that must be confirmed by a diploma and grades. And while there is no diploma, you cannot become an artist, you cannot paint good pictures, and even if you write a work “for yourself”, then it is forbidden to even think about selling it or putting it up for public judgment.

Allegedly, the paintings of self-taught artists are immediately recognized by experts as unprofessional, and will only cause criticism and ridicule.

I can safely say – this is all nonsense! Not because I alone think so. But because history knows dozens of successful self-taught artists, whose paintings have taken their rightful place in the history of painting!

Moreover, some of these artists managed to become famous during their lifetime, and their work influenced the entire world painting. Moreover, there are among them both artists of past centuries and contemporary self-taught artists.

As an example, I will tell you only about some of these autodidacts.

1. Paul Gauguin / Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin

Perhaps one of the greatest self-taught artists. His path into the world of painting began with the fact that, working as a broker and earning good money, he began to acquire paintings by contemporary artists.

This hobby fascinated him, he learned to be well versed in painting and at some point began to try to paint himself. Art captivated him so much that he began to devote less and less time to work and more and more to write.

Painting “Woman Sewing” was painted by Gauguin when he was a stockbroker

At some point Gauguin decides to devote himself entirely to creativity , leaves his family and leaves for France to communicate with like-minded people and work. Here he began to write really significant canvases, but here his financial problems also began.

Communication with the artistic elite and working together with other artists became his only school.

Finally, Gauguin decides to completely break with civilization and merge with nature in order to create in heavenly, as he believed, conditions.To do this, he sailed to the islands of the Pacific Ocean, first to Tahiti, then to the Marquesas Islands.

Here he is disappointed in the simplicity and savagery of the “tropical paradise”, gradually goes crazy and … writes his best pictures.

Paintings by Paul Gauguin

Alas, but recognition came to Gauguin after his death. Three years after his death, in 1906, an exhibition of his paintings was organized in Paris, which were sold out completely and later entered the most expensive collections in the world.His work “When is the wedding?” included in the ranking of the most expensive paintings in the world.

2. Jack Vettriano (aka Jack Hoggan)

The story of this master is, in a sense, the opposite of the previous one. If Gauguin died in poverty, painting his paintings under the yoke of unrecognition, then Hoggan managed to earn millions during his lifetime and became a patron of art only at the expense of his paintings.

At the same time, he began to write at the age of 21, when a friend presented him with a set of watercolors.He was so carried away by the new business that he began to try to copy the works of famous masters in museums . And then he began to paint pictures on his own subjects.

As a result, at his first exhibition all the paintings were sold out, and later his work “The Singing Butler” became a sensation in the art world: it was bought for $ 1.3 million. Hollywood stars and Russian oligarchs buy Hoggan’s paintings, although most art critics consider them complete tasteless.

Painting by Jack Vettriano

Jack’s large income allows him to pay scholarships for low-income gifted students and to do charity work. And all this – without an academic education – at the age of 16, young Hoggan began working as a miner, after which he did not officially study anywhere.

3. Henri Rousseau / Henri Julien Félix Rousseau

One of the most famous representatives of primitivism in painting, Russo was born into the family of a plumber, after leaving school he served in the army, then worked at customs.

At this time, he began to write, and it was the lack of education that allowed him to form his own technique, in which the richness of colors, vivid plots and the richness of the canvas are combined with the simplicity and primitiveness of the image itself.

Paintings by Henri Rousseau

During the artist’s lifetime, his paintings were highly appreciated. Picasso , Guillaume Appoliner and Gertrude Stein.

4. Maurice Utrillo

Another French artist-autodidact, , without an art education, managed to become a world famous celebrity. His mother was a model in art workshops, she also suggested to him the basic principles of painting.

Later, all of his lessons consisted of observing how the great artists write in Montmartre.For a long time, his paintings were not recognized by serious critics and he was interrupted only by occasional sales of his works to the general public.

Painting by Maurice Utrillo

But by the age of 30, his work began to be noticed, at the age of forty he became famous, and at 42 he received the Order of the Legion of Honor for his contribution to art in France . After that, he worked for another 26 years and was not at all worried about the lack of a diploma in art education.

5. Maurice de Vlaminck

French self-taught artist, whose entire formal education ended in a music school – his parents wanted to see him as a cellist.As a teenager, he began to paint, at the age of 17 he was engaged in self-education with his friend Henri Regalon, and at 30 sold his first paintings.

Painting by Maurice de Vlaminck

Until that time, he managed to feed himself and his wife with cello lessons and performances with musical groups in various restaurants. With the advent of fame, he completely devoted himself to painting, and his paintings, in the style of fauvism, in the future seriously influenced the work of the impressionists of the 20th century.

6. Aimo Katajainen

Finnish contemporary artist whose works are classified as “naive art”. The paintings contain a lot of blue color – ultramarine, which in turn is very calming … The subjects of the paintings are calm and pacifying.

Paintings by Aimo Katayainen

Before becoming an artist, he studied finance, worked in an alcoholic rehabilitation clinic, but all this time he wrote as a hobby, until his paintings began to sell and bring a good income sufficient for life.

7. Ivan Generalić

Croatian primitivist painter who made the name of paintings with rural life. He became famous by accident when his paintings were noticed by one of the students of the Zagreb Academy and invited him to hold an exhibition.

Painting by Ivan Generalich

After his solo exhibitions in Sofia, Paris, Baden-Baden, Sao Paulo and Brussels, he became one of the most famous Croatian representatives of primitivism.

8.Anna Moses / Anna Mary Robertson

Moses (aka Grandma Moses)

Famous American artist who started painting at the age of 67 after the death of her husband, already suffering from arthritis. She had no art education, but her painting was accidentally noticed by a New York collector in the window of a house.

Painting by Anna Moses

He suggested holding an exhibition of her works. Grandma Moses’ paintings quickly became so popular that her exhibitions were held in many European countries, and then in Japan. At the age of 89, Grandmother received an award from US President Harry Truman . It is noteworthy that the artist lived for 101 years!

9. Ekaterina Medvedeva

The most famous representative of modern naive art in Russia, Ekaterina Medvedeva did not receive an art education, but began to write when she worked part-time at the post office. Today she has entered the ranking of the 10,000 best artists in the world since the 18th century.

Painting by Ekaterina Medvedeva

10.Kieron Williamson

English prodigy-autodidact, who began to paint in the style of impressionism at the age of 5 , and at 8 for the first time put his paintings up for auction. At the age of 13, in half an hour, he sold 33 of his paintings at auction for $ 235 thousand, and today (he is already 18) he is a dollar millionaire.

Paintings by Kieron Williams

Kiron writes 6 paintings a week, and there is always a queue for his works. He simply does not have time for education.

11.Pol Ledent

Self-taught Belgian artist and creative person. He took a great interest in fine arts closer to 40 years. Judging by the pictures, he experiments a lot. I studied painting on my own … and immediately applied my knowledge in practice.

Although Paul took several painting lessons, he studied most of his hobby himself. He took part in exhibitions, painted pictures to order.

Paintings by Paul Ledent

According to my observations, write in an interesting and free way precisely by creatively thinking people, whose heads are not filled with academic artistic knowledge.And by the way, no less professional artists achieve some success in the art niche. It’s just that such people are not afraid to look at ordinary things a little wider.

12. Jorge Masiel /


Brazilian autodidact, modern talented self-taught artist. He produces wonderful flowers and colorful still lifes.

Paintings by Jorge Masiel

This list of self-taught artists can be continued for a very long time. We can say that Van Gogh, one of the most influential artists in the world, did not receive a formal education, studied sporadically from different masters and never learned how to paint a human figure (which, by the way, formed his style).

One can recall Philip Malyavin, Niko Pirosmani, Bill Traylor and many other names: many famous artists were self-taught, that is, they studied on their own!

All of them are confirmation of the fact that it is not necessary to have a special art education for success in painting.

Yes, it’s easier with him, but you can become a good artist without him. After all, nobody canceled self-education … As well as without talent – we have already talked about this in a separate article. .. The main thing is to have a burning desire to study independently and to discover all the bright facets of painting in practice.

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