Portrait of Count Sumarokov-Elston with a dog, V. AND. Sereov, 1903
- Posted by Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1903
Overview of the painting :
Portrait of Count F. F. Sumarokova-Elston with a dog – Valentin Alexandrovich Serov. 1903. Oil on canvas. 89×71.5
Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov (1865-1911) is an outstanding master of the portrait of the turn of the XIX-XX centuries. Like his teacher – I. E. Repin, in his portraits he sought to display primarily the internal essence of the heroes, thereby rightfully deserving the title of master of the psychological portrait.
Felix Felix Felix Sumarokov-Elston, a representative of the famous Yusupov clan, will initiate the murder of Grigory Rasputin in their family home on Fontanka in 1916. In the meantime, in front of the audience is a young aristocrat, depicted in his native Moscow estate Arkhangelskoye, where an artist was invited to create a portrait.
A young man with a little dog was written next to a gypsum dog that stood in the palace. According to contemporaries, the artist was sometimes quite critical of his models, and the hidden comism of his heroes can be traced in the Serov Gallery of Portraits created by the Gray. The face of a count with the most delicate porcelain blush, shaded gray jacket, blue eyes and bright lips, thick neatly combed hair – all this makes you perceive the young man as secretive, but full of condescending self-confidence and snobbery. This cold-willed family courtesy creates the image of a sophisticated aristocrat, close in the sensory sense to some heroes A. N. Tolstoy and I. AND. Bunina.