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The 6th International Competition of Artcopyist Mastery will be held in St.Petersburg, in the exhibition halls of the St.Petersburg Union of Artists. 

Exhibition Dates: October 31 - November 5, 2023
Registration deadline: until October 24, 2023

Exhibition address / Venue: St. Petersburg, Bolshaya Morskaya Str. 38.
Great Hall of the Imperial Society for the Promotion of Arts (Saint-Petersburg Art Union)

Opening of the exhibition: October 31, 2023, 17:00
The ceremony of announcing the winners: November 5, 2023, 16:00


The Great Copy - Imitating the Greatest

VI International Copyist Art Competition


I. Russian Fine Arts

1) Fine arts of the XVII century
2) Fine arts of the XVIII century
3) Russian fine arts of the XIX century
4) Fine arts of the second half of the XIX century
5) Fine arts of the late XIX– early XX century

a) Realism
b) Modern
c) Avant-garde
d) Abstractionism 

II. Copies of the Renaissance masters  (XIVth - XVIth centuries)

1) Copies of Renaissance masters (XIVth-XVIth centuries)
a) Italian Renaissance
b) Northern Renaissance
2) Copies of the Baroque masters
3) Copies of the masters of Classicism
4) Copies of Impressionist masters
5) Copies of the masters of Post-Impressionism
6) Copies of Modern masters
7) Copies of the masters of Expressionism
8) Copies of the masters of Abstractionism


III. Fine arts of the masters of the Soviet and post-Soviet period

1) Copies of the masters of the Soviet period
      a) Russian avant-garde
      b) Social Realism
      c) Severe style (USSR)
2) Copies of masters of the period of modern Russia

IV. Asian Fine Arts

1) Copies of the masters of China
2) Copies of the masters of Japan
3) Copies of the masters of India

V. American Fine Arts

       1) Copies of the XX century American masters 



More details:
Copies of the Renaissance masters  (XIVth - XVIth centuries)

The period of cultural and ideological development of Western and Central Europe, as well as some countries of Eastern Europe. The main distinguishing features of the Renaissance culture: secular nature, a humanistic worldview, appeal to the ancient cultural heritage, a kind of "revival" of it (hence the name). The Renaissance culture has specific features of the transitional period from the Middle Ages to the New time, in which the old and the new are combined.

Sections of the Renaissance:

а) Copies of the Italian Renaissance masters

The painting is characterized by a sense of harmonious order of the world, an appeal to the ethical and civic ideals of humanism, a joyful perception of the beauty and diversity of the real world. The main motif of the art of the High Renaissance is the image of a harmoniously developed person, strong both in body and spirit, who is above everyday routine life.

Representatives: Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael Santi, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Titian, Jacopo Sansovino and others.

b) Copies of the Northern Renaissance masters

Unlike the Italian Renaissance, which drew inspiration from antiquity, the northern artists were more inspired by the Gothic heritage, its archaism, symbolism and religiosity. The plot was based on Christian love and humility. A significant place in the painting of the Northern Renaissance was taken by nature as the personification of the God's intention. Living and dead nature as a symbol of connection with God, harmony, finiteness and infinity of life is embodied in such genres as landscape and still life. The Northern Renaissance is characterized by using details that create incredible realism, and at the same time, some neglect of anatomical certainty.

Representatives: Jan van Eyck, Hugo van der Hus, Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Jerome Bosch, Peter Brueghel, Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Hans Holbein, Jean and Francois Clouet, Jean Fouquet and others.


Copies of the Baroque masters

Baroque is one of the great styles that dominated the architecture and art of European countries, from the late 16th to the mid-18th centuries. The main characteristics of Baroque were scale, an abundance of decor, rapid dynamics, the desire for illusory effects in organizing the space of the interior - an increase in the size of rooms with the help of mirrors; the heights of the halls thanks to picturesque shades that have a complex solution to the perspective.

Representatives: Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci, Peter Rubens, Rembrandt and others. 


Copies of the Classicism masters

Classicism - an artistic style in Western European art of the XVII - beginning XIX century and in the Russian XVIII - early XIX, referring to the ancient heritage as an ideal for imitation. It manifested itself in architecture, sculpture, painting, arts and crafts. Classic artists considered antiquity the highest achievement and made it their standard in art, which they sought to imitate. Characteristic features are the completeness of the composition, consistent forms, consistent transfer of forms. Over time it reborn as academicism.

Representatives: Jacques-Louis David, Nikola Poussin, Greuze Jean-Baptiste, Karl Bryullov and others.

Copies of the Impressionism masters 

Impressionism is a trend in the art of the last third of the XIX - beginning of XX centuries. The artistic conception of impressionism was based on the desire to naturally and naturally capture the world around it in its variability, conveying its fleeting impressions. 

Representatives: Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, P.O. Renoir, Eduard Manet and others.


Copies of the Post-Impressionism masters

Post-impressionism is the collective name for several areas of French art of the late 19th century that arose after impressionism. This is a definite repulsion from impressionism as a kind of foundation, on the basis of which began the artists' own artistic and aesthetic searches, expressed in the desire to convey on the canvas not momentary, but long, essential states of life, both material and spiritual origin. 

Representatives: Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Henri Russo, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Pierre Bonnard, Eduard Vuillard, Paul Serusier, Maurice Denis, Emile Bernard.


Copies of the Art Nouveau masters

Art Nouveau - style in European and American art on the coast of the XIX-XX centuries. The model reinterpreted and styled the traits of the art of different epoxes, and worked on the related good practices, which are based on the principle of sensitivity. Natural forms also become the object of modernization. This explains not only the interest in floral ornaments in the works of art Nouveau, but also their very composition and plastic structure - the abundance of curvilinear outlines, swollen, uneven contours resembling plant forms. Closely related to modernism - symbolism, which served as the aesthetic and philosophical basis for modernism, relying on modern as a plastic implementation of their ideas. Modern had in different countries have different names that are basically synonymous: Art Nouveau in France, Secession in Austria, Jugendstil in Germany, liberty in Italy.

Representatives: O. Beardsley, Gustav Klimt, Fernand Knopf, Alphonse Mucha, etc.


Copies of the Expressionism masters

Expressionism-modernist trend in Western European art, mainly in Germany, the first third of the 20th century, formed in a certain historical period – on the eve of the first world war. The ideological basis of expressionism was the individualistic protest against the ugly world, the increasing alienation of man from the world, the feeling of homelessness, the collapse of those principles on which European culture seemed to rest so firmly. Expressionists are characterized by a tendency to mysticism and pessimism. Artistic techniques characteristic of expressionism: the rejection of illusory space, the desire for a flat interpretation of objects, deformation of objects, love of sharp colorful dissonances, a special flavor, which includes apocalyptic drama.
Artists perceived creativity as a way of expressing emotions.

Representatives: Edvard Munch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Egon Schille, etc.


Copies of the Abstract art masters

Abstractionism - one of the main artistic trends in the art of the 20th century, in which the structure of the work is based solely on formal elements — line, color spot, abstract configuration. Works of abstractionism are detached from the forms of life itself: non-objective compositions embody the subjective impressions and fantasies of the artist, the flow of his consciousness, they generate free associations, movements of thought and emotional empathy. One of the goals of abstractionism is to achieve "harmonization", the creation of certain color combinations and geometric shapes to evoke a variety of associations in the beholder.

Representatives: Vasily Kandinsky, Pete Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, etc.


Copies of the Soviet period masters

a) Russian Avant-garde - Russian painting in the first post-revolutionary years absorbed the influence of the futurists and the avant-garde as a whole. The avant-garde, with its contempt for the traditions of the past, which was so close to the destructive ideas of the revolution, found adherents in the person of young artists. In parallel with these trends in the visual arts, realistic tendencies developed, the life of which was given by critical realism of the 19th century. This bipolarity, matured at the time of the change of eras, made the life of the artist of that time especially intense. The two paths that were outlined in post-revolutionary painting, although they were opposites, nevertheless, one can observe the influence of the avant-garde on the work of artists of a realistic direction. 

Representatives: Natalia Goncharova, Pavel Filonov, Mikhail Larionov, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Aristarkh Lentulov, etc.

b) Socialist realism is an artistic method common in the art of the USSR and other socialist countries. It was approved at the 1932 party congress as a tool to strengthen the party’s authority and promote state ideas. Typical stories: factory workers at work, happy collective farmers against the backdrop of virgin lands, May Day marches, joyful pioneers, leaders at a meeting with the population, and etc. Artists seemed to draw frames typical of Soviet films, praised work - not for money, but for letters and places on the boards of honor. The paintings are realistic, they have no metaphors or abstractions. The color scheme on the canvases is light, pastel.

Representatives: Alexander Deineka, Isaac Brodsky, Alexander Gerasimov, Fedor Reshetnikov and others.

c) Austere style is a direction in the art of the 1960s and 1980s, the task of which was to recreate reality without all that deprives the work of depth and expressiveness and destructively affects creative manifestations. It was characterized by conciseness and generalization of the artistic image. Artists of this style sang the heroic beginning of harsh working days, which was created by the special emotional structure of the picture.

Representatives: Tair Salakhov, Helium Korzhev, Victor Popkov, Pavel Nikonov, etc.

Copies of the modern Russia period masters  

All kinds of artistic movements that took shape at the end of the 20th century are commonly called modern art. In the post-war period, it was a kind of outlet, once again taught people to dream and invent new life realities. Tired of the shackles of the harsh rules of the past, young artists decided to break the old art norms. They strove to create new, before these unknown practices. Contrasting themselves with modernism, they turned to new ways of revealing their stories. The artist and the concept behind his creation have become much more important than the very outcome of his creative activity. The desire to move away from the erected framework led to the emergence of new genres.

Copies of the masters of Asia

a) China. Minimal means with maximum expressiveness, deep symbolism and, at the same time, plot accessibility, the ratio of religious and secular are the distinguishing features of the paintings of traditional Chinese masters. And the main features of the painting are the harmony of the energies of Yin and Yang, the symbolism and spiritual meaning of the picture, the connection with calligraphy and the dominant position of the exquisite line.

Representatives: Wu Daozi, Li Xixun, Wang Wei, etc.

b) Japan. Japanese painting is one of the most ancient and sophisticated Japanese art forms, characterized by a wide variety of genres and styles. Japanese painting, as well as literature, is characterized by the assignment of a leading place to nature and its image as a carrier of the divine principle. Another subject that is widespread in Japanese painting is the depiction of scenes from everyday life and thematic paintings, which are often crowded with figures and details. This tradition, undoubtedly, began in the early Middle Ages under the influence of China, but over time it began to be considered as part of the Japanese traditions that exists today. 

Representatives: Katsushika Hokusai, Kitagawa Utamaro, Hiroshi Yoshida, etc.

c) India. Through drawing, Indian classical pictorial art expresses the joy of life, the generosity of its gifts, religious feelings and the triumph of spiritual perfection. A characteristic feature of Indian painting is the lack of tragedy in it, in contrast to the European one.

Representatives: Bichitre, Raja Ravi Varma, Rama Naidu Swami, etc.


Copies of the masters of America of the XX century


After World War II, non-objective painting became the leading trend in American art. The focus was on the picturesque surface itself; it was seen as an arena of interaction between lines, masses and color spots. The most significant place was taken in these years by abstract expressionism. It became the first trend in painting that arose in the United States and had international significance. The leaders of this movement were Arshile Gorky, Willem de Cooning (Kooning), Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Franz Kline. In the late 1950s, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Jones and Larry Rivers, who worked in mixed media, including assembly technique, opposed artless art. They included fragments of photographs, newspapers, posters and other items in their “paintings”. In the early 1960s, the assembly spawned a new movement, the so-called pop art, whose representatives very carefully and accurately reproduced in their works a variety of objects and images of American pop culture: Coca-Cola cans and canned food, packs of cigarettes, comics. Leading artists of this direction are Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Jim Dine and Roy Lichtenstein. Following pop art, opt art appeared, based on the principles of optics and optical illusion. In the 1970s, various schools of expressionism, geometric hard-edge, pop art, photorealism, and other styles of visual art, which were increasingly becoming fashionable, continued to exist in America.

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