Empress Elizabeth Petrovna in Tsarskoye Selo, E. E. Lancer, 1905
- Posted by Evgeny Evgenievich Lansere
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1905
Overview of the painting :
Empress Elizabeth Petrovna in Tsarskoye Selo – Evgeny Evgenievich Lancer. 1905. Paper glued to cardboard, gouache. 43.5×62
Evgeny Evgenievich Lansere is a versatile artist. The author of monumental paintings and panels decorating the Moscow metro station, Kazan station, Moscow hotel, landscapes, paintings on a topic from Russian history of the 18th century, he was at the same time a wonderful illustrator of classical works of Russian literature (Dubrovsky and Shot by A. WITH. Pushkina, Haji Murat L. N.Tolstoy), the creator of acute political cartoons in satirical magazines in 1905, a theater and decoration artist.
The picture reproduced here is one of the most interesting and significant easel works of the artist.
The picture testifies to the very understanding of historical painting in art of the early XX century. So, the atmosphere of the era is revealed here through images of art embodied in architecture and park ensembles, costumes and hairstyles of people, through the landscape, a show of court life, rituals. Especially favorite was the theme of royal processions. Lancer depicts the solemn exit of the courtyard of Elizabeth Petrovna in her suburban residence. As if a procession was taking place on the stage of the theater. A fat empress swims royally and majestically, dressed in fabric clothes of amazing beauty. Next follow the ladies and gentlemen in magnificent outfits and powdery wigs. In their faces, poses and gestures, the artist reveals different characters and types. We see either belittled-robic, then arrogant and prim courtiers. In the show of Elizabeth and her court, one cannot help but notice the irony of the artist and even some grotesque. Lancer contrasts the people depicted by him with the noble rigor of the white marble statue and the true greatness embodied in the magnificent architecture of the Rastrelli Palace and the beauty of the regular park.