Overview of the painting “Unknown”, Kram, 1883

Overview of the painting “Unknown”, Kram, 1883
Overview of the painting "Unknown", Kram, 1883 - 1

  • Posted by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1883

Overview of the painting :

Unknown – Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya. 1883. Oil on canvas. 75 x 99 cm

   Before us is a city fashionista. The girl is impeccably dressed. An arrogant expression of a face gives out a spoiled, moody nature. The artist, as a model, undoubtedly chose a beautiful girl. Large black eyes surrounded by lush eyelashes, full lips, thick eyebrows, a soft oval face, an oriental nose. The oriental beauty gazes proudly on the viewer, sitting in an open stroller.

   The background of the portrait is the winter city landscape. But the background is very delicate, unobtrusive and secondary. In no way should he distract the audience from the model: at home like in a haze, the sky is neutral in white.

   The heroine is dressed expensively and tastefully. Dark blue fur coat, shone with gray fur, decorated with silk ribbons in tone of fur coat. A flirty coupling does not hide thin gloves and heavy gold bracelets on an elegant handle. Vents the outfit takes, decorated with a white feather and pearls.

   The master perfectly conveys the textures of silk, velvet and fur. Gold sparkles with restraint, pearls perfectly harmonizes with feather and beret. The light in the picture is very smooth, colorless. The author clearly admires his model, so he leaves no shadow.

   The once dark-skinned face of the beauty is whitened with Russian frosts. The eastern temperament was preserved by the heroine’s eyes, but the semi-missed eyelids muffle the southern ardor.

   It is no coincidence that this work of the author was recognized as a model of taste, femininity and beauty. The work went to tens of thousands of lithographs, millions of magazine illustrations.

   The work is full of ambiguities and mysteries. Whoever was a model will never know. The author himself did not leave information about this in his diaries. There is an assumption that the depicted girl is nothing but the artist’s fantasy. Skillful fiction, vision, mirage. Which in no way belittles the artistic value of talented work.