“Hot with a candle”, Kiprensky – overview of the painting

“Hot with a candle”, Kiprensky – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by: Orest Adamovich Kiprensky
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1830

Overview of the painting :

Fortuneteller with a candle – Orest Adamovich Kiprensky. 1830. Oil on canvas. 64 x 51 cm

   The painting “Handing with a Candle” refers to the mature, already finally formed creative period of the recognized portrait painter Orest Adamovich Kiprensky. This period is closely related to the last years of the artist’s life. For the past eight years, Kiprensky spent in Italy, returning to these sunny, fertile lands, after many years of stay in Russia and long ordeals.

   A portrait is written in Naples and is considered a kind of sketch, a search for an image for the art canvas “Tiburtinsky Civil”. The artist himself described his work as finding the right colors and trying to study lighting during fire. In letters, Kiprensky called the picture either “Around at the candle” or “A young gypsy at the candlelight, wondering on the cards.”.

   Etude was successful. A little later in Siburtina, the master repeated both the character, the play of light, and the pose of the heroine, but the portrait of a young gypsy remained more famous to the wide audience.

   With an exact and skillful brush, the artist depicted a young gypsy wondering at the cards by candle. The girl is sitting at the table, leaning on her hand. Before her is a long candle on an impromptu pedestal of vase and a book under which a deck of cards is carelessly thrown. Through the dusk, thanks to the wrong light of the tongue of the flame, a dark-skinned, pure face of the fortuneteller stands out, on which huge, dark eyes glow brightly and vividly. The whole gamut of feelings is reflected on her face, tormenting the restless heart and thoughts of a gypsy. Beauty tormented by questions to which she is trying to find answers, peering into the game of flame. Kiprensky whimsily and incredibly subtly described the inner world of a passionate, young gypsy, peering into an unknown future.

   The portrait was purchased by Count Dmitry Nikolaevich Sheremetev. At the moment, “Gadalka with a candle” is exhibited in the Russian State Museum of St. Petersburg.