Mark Antokolsky: " I have done every thing I could..."
#3 2013 (40)
Radical shifts in art are very often connected with the birth of outstanding creative personalities. The second half of the 19th century was just such an example: over a short period of time a real constellation of art-stars appeared, who inspire true lovers of art to this day. Among them is the sculptor Mark Antokolsky; the attitudes towards him of art critics from diametrically opposed wings of art – the democratic and the academic – were as different as the trends of art they represented. This juxtaposition did not make his life easier, but did make him a notable figure in the history of Russian sculpture.
The Sculptor Alexander Opekushin: Reviving Nationa Feeling
#1 2007 (14)
The second half of the 19th century brought Russian art a number of talented masters, whose names have now largely been forgotten by specialists. Despite the fact that his work speaks volumes about the period of its creation with its problems and contradictions, the sculptor Alexander Opekushin is precisely one such undervalued figure.
Yevgeny Lancere. Character, Feeling and Independence
#1 2005 (06)
Sculpture is known to have gone out of fashion in Russia in the late 19th century: a reaction towards realistic trends with their worldy principles and everyday subjects, against the academic arts of previous periods, encouraged painting rather than sculpture. As a result, the sculpture of the time came to be lacking in its sense of material, in an attractiveness of the plastic means, as well as in a wholeness and completion of form. The specific language of sculpture needed other subjects, different from the simple narrations of realistic art.