"Once upon the time, in a kingdom a princess was born. She had skin white as snow, so the baby princess was given a name of Snow White..." this story with witch-stepmother, poisoned apple and all-conquering love is known to everyone. In real life, the magic did not affect the prototype of the heroine, and the wicked did her job. Which other fabulous characters are based on real people, and what they have in common with fairy tale twins, you will be told by OUTLOOK...
Stuffed with sawdust main consumer of honey in children's literature, American and Soviet cartoons Winnie the Pooh, was apparently copied by the author Christopher Alan Milne from his son’s favourite toy. In his turn, the child gave this name to his teddy bear not accidentally. During family walk at London Zoo the kid was attracted not by exotic monkeys and kangaroos, but by the huge brown bear, friendly gazing at the visitor from behind cage bars... The family got to know animal’s life story from zoo staff. Clubfoot lady as a cub, in 1914 was bought from hunters by Harry Colborne, the vet of Cavalry Regiment of Canada. He called this acquisition in honour of his hometown Winnipeg. Travelling with the military troops during the First World War, the bearess explored the cities and countries, then got registered in London. She was tamed, they say that even children were allowed to touch Winnie and feed her with favourite condensed milk and honey...
In the late eighteenth century it was quite possible to meet a real Pinocchio! Considering wooden man to be Carlo Collodi’s splash of imagination, the researchers were more than surprised to find on a deserted part of the cemetery, where the author was buried, an old tombstone with the name of Pinocchio Sanchez. After digging in the old archives and checking dates, they found out that Sanchez died a bit more than a hundred years before the book was published... And having received permission to exhume, they proved that it was unmistakably him. Underground rested man of small stature with a wooden leg and nose-prosthesis.
The Russian version of tale about adventures of wooden puppet Buratino, as it turned out, was linked to real people. Prototype of huckster selling medicinal leeches Duremar was a certain Dr. Jacques Bulemar who emigrated from France. The doctor believed leeches to be the main panacea for all illnesses. He used to catch them wandering near a pond, dressed in a long robe - the main protection against mosquitoes. Thus, he became an object of ridicule and jokes, including mangling his French name.
History of the Carol’s Alice in Wonderland is a fiction, yet, the main character was based on a real girl. The author was friends with the family of the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University Henry Liddell. And having a broad imagination, during promenades told magical stories to his daughters... Seeing that girls attentively listen to his tales, Carroll committed his thoughts to paper, and the main character was namesake of professor’s younger child, moreover the author borrowed from her some features of character and appearance. Eventually, a few years later seven-year Alice Lindell was presented with the handwritten manuscript with stories, to which her photo was attached.
Fabulists Brothers Grimm were not quite storytellers... The story of Snow White, matches events of a real life, just a little touched with "magic" veil. They borrowed the idea from the history of their fellows Germans. In the middle of the 16th century there lived aristocratic couple headed by Count Philip. Family idyll was shattered when his wife died in childbirth. But the child survived and her father remarried so as not to leave the girl without mother's love... Despising young beauty, stepmother decided to get rid of her using hemlock poison. The girl died, and the killer went to a long imprisonment.
By the way, Snow White’s fabulous friends dwarfs may also walked the ground, and even worked in the mines. Such a hypothesis was put forward in the work of Professor Michael Zehnder exploring the mythology and fairy tales... In ancient manuscripts he found the stories of miniature toilers working in Hessen mines.
The Column Hall of the Kyiv City State Administration on June 11 welcomed guests of the Embassy of the Argentine Republic to Ukraine on the occasion of a national holiday. The Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, representatives of the government and its agencies, partners of the embassy, the business community and the media lined up to congratulate the head of a foreign diplomatic institution and express their greetingss to friendly Argentina.
Walking along the Kyiv Landscape Alley, you always notice amazing benches created by Ukrainian masters. My favorite one is with a blanket and a pillow, because it seems comfortable even in inclement weather. Sitting on it, I remembered a picture from my childhood: the grandmothers take a long board out of the house, put it at one end on the stump, the other - on the railing of the entrance, and it turns out to be a bench. Wasn't it a design miracle?
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
Dazzling flashes of ancient knowledge manifested in colourful shimmering beads and in elaborated yarn mosaics by Huichol Indians, captivate the imagination calling for an endless journey through branches of the world tree. Spiritual images take on flesh in intricate ornaments that accompany a Mexican peasant throughout his life.
The civilization of ancient China was one of the first to discover porcelain. It is established that back in II millennium BC the firing temperature of pottery found in the Yellow River was close to 1200 ° C. According to some researchers, the invention of porcelain was dictated by the desire to find a replacement for greenstone and jade.
At the sight of Flemish lacework it is hard to shake the feeling that miraculous flowers, artfully braided into a wreath of a pattern, were born from loose sparks that had escaped a magic wand. On the inside of the beauty there are efforts and days of jetsam girls, stolen from life by labyrinth of openwork loops.
- Do you want to try some rice? - such a question is greeted by guests in China. And if the owners are also farmers, they can invite you on an unusual excursion and show you the masterpiece of natural art. The grass which we often eat without thinking about its aesthetics, at the time of growing resembles a blanket woven from multi-colored rags ...
A borderline between the shadow and the light is just as contrasting as the one between the dream and the reality. Therefore artists use both things in pursuit of balance on a painting. Landscapes, portraits and still-life… nothing ever goes without the clash of the opposites. However there are particularly crafty artisans who do not need light at all. Shadow alone is enough.
Bali is one of the most popular places to spend winter. Ocean, volcanoes, amazing nature and exotic fruits... But there is also one more reason that not many people know of, yet it definitely deserves attention: Kamasan, a unique art village where namesake Balinese picture art was conceived – as ancient as the island itself. We are going to tell about it today on the pages of the OUTLOOK.
Independent artist originally from the Philippines, Patrick Cabral conquers the world with his unusual artwork. His creations are an innovation that combines the age-old traditions of calligraphy and cutting-edge 3D technologies. His art is a way to change the world for the better, both through aesthetics and through the fulfillment of a social mission.
About Picasso as a distinctive artist, graphic artist and sculptor, we know to some extent everything. Meanwhile, his other incarnations are pushed into the background. Ilya Ehrenburgh once very concisely described Pablo Picasso’s relations with his era: “20th century found in him its own dynamite expert, its own philosopher and its own poet”.
Anime admirers would never pass by contemporary Japanese art. Especially if this trend is directly related to manga comics. Artist Takashi Murakami was the first to think about how to dub an art that catches inspiration in every new anime, but speaks of eternal values, interlacing with the ethnic canvases of Western artists.
Exclusive glass vases and Christmas tree decorations that only exist in one or two samples, aside from high price, most often also have in common unique production technology that is mastered by representatives of a rare profession – glass-blower. The history of the craft has lasted for a couple of millennia with some old secrets of handmade production still kept under seal.
Modern cities cannot be imagined without murals – large-scale in size works of picture art that decorate buildings. Not only we have gathered most outstanding works in our collection but also tried to learn as many interesting things as possible about this art movement.
The artist from New Zealand Hayley King working under the brand FLOX is well-known all over the world for the fascinating pictures showing the enlightened beauty of wild nature. Her colorful birds, picturesque landscapes, and fairy-tale-like animals remind us about the necessity to get united with the primordial nature. Hayley King creates the type of art giving inspiration and vitality. She is concentrated onto recognition of ancient heritage of the sacral places and making it spread among the wide publics. In the interview the artist told us about her social projects, travels and the modern cultural trends inherent to New Zealand.
You often got convinced that skilful hands of a master who puts life into his creation, can transform humble tree stump into a charming violin, piece of plaster becomes an ancient sculpture, and even clay tile looks like a work of fine art.
Twelve-string guitar, the twilight of Portuguese nights, candles, and soul-gripping voice… Dramatic incentives of fado song tell about unrequited love. It cannot appear in the crossroads of destinies; however, it enables feelings to embody into the touching sounds of Portuguese romances.
The Japanese are one of those peoples who zealously respect the ancient traditions. They respect old age, being interested in ancestors and often know the family ancestry by heart. With such a worldview, it is not surprising that a unique technique for the restoration of kintsugi appeared exactly there. Read about it in Outlook.
The eccentric elder Katsushika Hokusai was the real star of the Edo period, the creative genius and the brutal debtor of the half of his city. He used at least 30 names, changed 93 houses and created a lot of prints, drawings and paintings. His internationally recognized print The Great Wave off Kanagawa is mesmerizing. But only a few people know that this block printing, as well as many other works, was created by Hokusai with assistance of his daughter - artist Katsushika Ōi, lost in time and overshadowed by her genius father crazy about art.
‘Love evolves when one looks in the eyes of the person beloved seeing there God’, in such a way the lines of some Arabian song called Qawali is translated. The authorship of this chant is ascribed to Eastern strangers Sufi who tending to find the sense of existence strolled around the half an Earth bare-footed. In the travels they composed songs where they told narration describing what they had to endure.