“Portrait of Sergey Sergeyevich Botkin”, Kramskoy – overview

“Portrait of Sergey Sergeyevich Botkin”, Kramskoy – overview
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  • Posted by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1882

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Sergey Sergeyevich Botkin – Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya. 1882. Oil on canvas 70.7 x 57.5

   The name of Sergey Sergeyevich Botkin today is known mainly thanks to his father, Sergey Petrovich. Meanwhile, the young man himself devoted himself to medicine, and was also a famous collector, whose personal paintings can be seen today in the Tretyakov Gallery and the Russian Museum.

   For Kramsky, the young Botkin was a very close person – the daughter of a painter, Sofia, was the bride of Sergei Sergeyevich. But while the young were waiting for the wedding, Botkin took and fell in love with another charm, Alexander Tretyakov. The engagement was terminated, however, Alexander and Sofia managed to maintain friendly, pleasant relationships for life.

   Botkin’s portrait confirms the style of the master – maximum attention to the person, to the soul. Through the portrait art of a brilliant author, we seem to know not only how Sergey Sergeevich looked, but what he really was. In the look of the hero you can find stubbornness, confidence, and at the same time education, intelligence.

   Kramskaya always paid the least importance to the details surrounding the situation on the portrait, in this work he was completely content with the dark background. Through him, Kram puts his hero, a young, ambitious, subtlely sense of art, Sergey Botkin, who was never destined to become his son-in-law, to the forefront.