Portrait of Countess E. AT. Santi, Rokotov – description

Portrait of Countess E. AT. Santi, Rokotov – description
Portrait of Countess E. AT. Santi, Rokotov - description - 1

  • Posted by Fedor Stepanovich Rokotov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1785

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Countess E. AT. Santi – Fedor Stepanovich Rokotov. 1785. Oil on canvas. 72.5×56 (oval)

   The merit of Fedor Stepanovich Rokotov, a magnificent artist of the late 18th century, was the creation of a type of intimate, chamber portrait that reveals the inner world of man.

   The fate of Elizabeth Vasilievna Lachinova, the daughter of a simple military foreman, seemed to have developed successfully. She married the rich Count Santi and began to occupy a higher position in society.

   The signature rokotov half-smile, which is present in the image of the countess, marks all portraits created by the artist, pointing to the secret, the mystery of the personality of each model that posed the master. Filled in melting tones, exquisite colors – ash and smoke with olive-pink overflows – the picture speaks of a high degree of coloristic talent and taste of Rokotov.