“Dreamer”, Orest Adamovich Kiprensky – overview of the painting

“Dreamer”, Orest Adamovich Kiprensky – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by: Orest Adamovich Kiprensky
  • Museum: Tverskoy Regional Art Gallery
  • Year: 1826-1827

Overview of the painting :

Dreamer – Orest Adamovich Kiprensky. 1826-1827.

   The portrait, called the Dreamer, today raises many questions, and the history of its creation has several hypotheses and completely opposite opinions.

   Officially, the first mention of the canvas refers to post-war years. In 1948, the painting “Dreamer”, written by portrait artist Orest Kiprensky, was brought from the Leningrad Private Commission to the art gallery of the city of Kalinina. The authorship was not in doubt – the portrait was the signature of the master. In addition, back in 1912, the famous art critic, who saw the picture in the meeting of Prince Obolensky, enthusiastically spoke about this picturesque canvas of Kiprensky.

   A few decades later, a more detailed study unexpectedly questioned the prevailing opinion. The style of writing was very different from Kiprensky’s manner, and the artist’s signature as a result of the examination was recognized as a dodged fake. After numerous searches, the author of the portrait was found – they turned out to be a follower of the Kiprensky Orrest Aleksey Vasilievich Tyranov.

   Despite disputes regarding the name of the creator of the picture, one remains unchanged – the portrait is written by a real master. A young girl is sitting, leaning on her hand. Before her is an open book. Impressed by the read, the beauty raised her eyes, looking at the invisible, beautiful dreams. The image of the girl is peaceful, clean and natural. Thinking, she seems to be the personification of the bright, girlish thoughts of the future.

   The portrait of the Dreamer strikes with completeness, maturity of writing, master knowledge of the art of luminosity and volume. The features characteristic of every talented artist are especially noticeable in the work: sincerity, liveliness and immediacy in the transmission of the image.