Engraving is the youngest type of fine art. If the origin of painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture is lost in prehistoric times, the time of the appearance of engraving is more or less accurately known to us: this is the turn of the XIV and XV centuries. In the East, in China, engraving appeared much earlier, in the VIII century, but there it remained a local phenomenon that did not go beyond this country.
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Watercolor is often called the most capricious and unpredictable technique. This is due to many nuances of the behavior of water-based paints. An inexperienced artist in watercolor painting, even if he follows all the rules, can get a completely different result than he expected. But at the same time, watercolor is a very grateful technique, because it allows you to get the finest nuances of halftones that are not available to any other technique.
Watercolors came to Europe during the Renaissance. All lovers of vintage painting of the famous “Hare” by Albrecht Durer. But only in the XVIII century, the masters of English painting were the first to actively use watercolors and developed the basic principles of this technique. Continue reading
If we talk about the current state of the world art market as a whole, then it is” ruled by the ball ” three countries-the hegemon-the United States, China, and the United Kingdom. Everything that happens in this market has changed a lot over the past ten years, not least because of globalization. The UPS and downs of the antique market are tied to economic crises. There have been two significant market declines in recent decades. The first significant drop in sales occurred in the period 1990-91, and was associated with the fall of the yen: the Japanese were always among the most active buyers in the art market. Continue reading