Portrait of Paul I, Stepan Semenovich Shchukin

Portrait of Paul I, Stepan Semenovich Shchukin
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  • Posted by Stepan Semenovich Shchukin
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: The beginning of the 19th century

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Paul I – Stepan Semenovich Shchukin. The beginning of the XIX century. Oil on canvas. 154×116
   Stepan Semenovich Shchukin (1758-1828) is one of the largest portratists in Russia at the end of the 18th – beginning of the 19th century.

   The portrait of Paul I is notable for the fact that no one has previously portrayed an imperial person. In the center of the canvas on a smooth, empty gray-green background, a king is depicted in the uniform of the Preobrazhensky regiment with a blue Andreevsky ribbon, on the head – a large black triangle. Refusing to stage with numerous allegories and attributes, Schukin chose the only true way to convey the inner loneliness of the emperor, hidden under the guise of a “dry messenger of power”.

   The reign of Paul I was short-lived and ended on March 12, 1801, when he was killed in Mikhailovsky Castle.