Portrait of a ballerina O. AT. Lepeshinskaya – A. M. Gerasimov, 1939
- Author: Alexander Mikhailovich Gerasimov
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1939
Overview of the painting :
Portrait of a ballerina O. AT. Lepeshinskaya – Alexander Mikhailovich Gerasimov. 1939. Oil on canvas. 157×200
With impeccable technology, Lepeshinskaya knew how to reflect her own, lively sparkling character in every image created on the ballet stage.
The artist finds a ballerina at the time of rehearsal. The heroine instantly froze in front of the audience in a typical dance pair – she stands on pointe shoes, her hands are lowered on a ballet pack, her head is slightly turned to the side, as if she had prepared for the next exit to the middle of the rehearsal room. Another moment – and the ballerina will continue the dance. Her eyes are burning, she is full of inspiration and love for her profession.
In the picture, traditional representativeness is combined with a new look at creative activity. Dance in the life of a ballerina is the highest meaning of its existence.