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Russian genre painting was born at the end of the XVIII century, in an era of domination of portraits and large canvases with historical, biblical and mythological subjects.
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Trying to please the spoiled audience, the first genre artists wrote light beautiful scenes, often on foreign material. Such pictures were supposed to delight the eye and please the heart.
Time passed, and by the second half of the XIX century, genre painting pushed all other genres into the background. Viewers now did not tell the brush masters which subjects to choose for the paintings. Continue reading
Any interaction often involves mutual use as well. If photography initially perceived such pictorial structures as composition and the system of genres, so that “the first person who saw the photo (with the exception of its creators) would have taken it for a picture” (V. Benjamin), then the painting itself inevitably appeared at the other pole, “copying” any features inherent in photography. The possibilities that photography had were as different as its use among artists. For some, it was only a document that could accurately convey reality, or a collection of memory images, a phenomenon similar in aesthetic views, and, finally, a way of seeing. (Elena Zyryanova, course “Painting and photography”). Continue reading