Borovikovsky, Portrait of Ekaterina Nikolaevna Arsenieva – overview of the painting

Borovikovsky, Portrait of Ekaterina Nikolaevna Arsenieva – overview of the painting
Borovikovsky, Portrait of Ekaterina Nikolaevna Arsenieva - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by: Borovikovsky Vladimir Lukich
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1790s

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Ekaterina Nikolaevna Arsenieva – Vladimir Lukich Borovikovsky. Oil on canvas. 71.5 x 56 cm

   Borovikovsky Vladimir Lukich is a Russian painter, master of ceremonial, ceremonial portraits of noble, dignified and monastic individuals.

   He was especially famous for writing female portraits – chamber, elegant, light, into which he brings a bit of sensitivity, tenderness, naturalness and sentimentality. The whole gallery of women’s portraits of Borovikovsky adorns the museums of the country.

   And, of course, a portrait of a charming rosy girl will definitely pay attention to her freshness. The artist is positioned by the eldest daughter of General Arseniev N. D. – Ekaterina Nikolaevna Arseneva. She is a pupil of the society of noble girls at Smolny, in 1796 she will be accepted into the maids of honor, and in 1800 she will marry.

   In the meantime, a young teenage girl who is in that beautiful time when she is no longer a child, but not a girl, is looking joyfully and perky at us.

   On it is an air white dress, pearl bracelets, an apple in her hands, curls scattered from under the straw hat of a shepherd. It is depicted against the background of green foliage, possibly in the garden or on the balcony. The feeling of complete harmony, the unity of the girl and nature.

   Katya relies on a stone fence, and her whole appearance speaks of mobility and vitality of character. It seems that she will stand for another minute, and then will persist further, laughing and rejoicing in her young energy.

   This charm of youth is perfectly conveyed by Borovikovsky. The girl has a completely Russian, Slavic appearance – a cute oval with dimples, a upturned nose, white skin and rosy cheeks, as they say “blood with milk.”.

   The vivid nature of the heroine is also felt – fun and audacity, mischief and coquetry, self-enjection and vitality.

   In his work, Borovikovsky, as always, masterly, with light strokes conveys the general mood of the portrait – youth, tenderness, attractiveness of a young girl and the sincerity of her feelings.