“Muki of creativity”, Leonid Osipovich Pasternak – overview of the painting

“Muki of creativity”, Leonid Osipovich Pasternak – overview of the painting
"Muki of creativity", Leonid Osipovich Pasternak - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Pasternak Leonid Osipovich
  • Museum: Belongs to the grandson of the artist, Charles Pasternak.
  • Year: 1892

Overview of the painting :

Muki of creativity – Leonid Osipovich Pasternak. 1892. Oil on canvas. 62.5 x 81 cm.

   This expressive and well-remembered canvas can be considered an autoportet of the artist. This is not about physical similarity, but about the spiritual relationship of the depicted character and author.

   A young man with a magnificent, curly, reddish hair and a small neat beard is captured on the canvas. He is a writer, the fact that he is sitting at a desk full of books, writing supplies and papers is written and clean. Before him is a large “bubber” glass inkwell, characteristic of that time and successfully surviving to this day “swinginging” paper with blotting paper, a beautiful glass with white and blue ornaments, in which there are pens and pencils. All this emphasizes the occupation of the character of the canvas.

   Obviously, there was a pause in the work, as the young man thought hard, closing his eyes and leaning his forehead on his raised hand. He clearly cannot continue his work – the muse left the master. Those objects that are on the table next to the writing materials also speak about problems with creating their work. This is an open box with cigarettes and an ashtray full of burnt matches and cigarette butts. Nervous, a person smokes feverishly, often throwing an unfinished cigarette and starting a new one. All these small but very important details perfectly emphasize the main theme of the picture – the torment of creativity.

   The color of the canvas is muffled, soft, “chamber”, but not devoid of color. In the background, a room is clearly visible, drowning in a light haze and a twilight. The dark clothes of the character literally make the bright skin of a man shine, immediately ripping the attention of the audience to his inspired and expressive face with his eyes closed in thought.

   The light in the picture is soft, spilled, without clear contours and individual spots of shadows. This makes the canvas very pleasant for perception, not disturbing, but making you think.