Portrait of the artist I. AND. Shishkina, Kramskaya, 1880
- Posted by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1880
Overview of the painting :
Portrait of the artist I. AND. Shishkina – Kramskaya. 1880. Oil on canvas. 115.5×83.5 cm
Shishkin’s work in Russian landscape painting is a unique phenomenon. Never before has the beauty of the Russian region sounded so bright from the paintings in all its diversity and versatility.
Kramskaya was very appreciated by Shishkin-artist and Shishkin-man. Three times he wrote portraits from him. This work is later, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin is 48 years old here.
The painter refuses any background and unnecessary details (they are present in previous works) – nothing should interfere with the monumental figure of a hero freely located in space.
Kramskoy seems to want to answer the question – what is Shishkin? His mighty appearance with a gray-haired beard and his shoulders down on a neutral background gives an eloquent answer – “school man”, “king of the forest”, “strong pine overgrown with moss”. All these epithets accompanied the creator of the epic “Rzhi” and “Ship grove” during their lifetime. At the same time, one cannot but notice a soft look from the pinched eyelids, which glows with warmth and kindness.
As a result, Kramsky managed to create an amazing portrait, which in its laconic nature of the depicted person embodies the versatility of the character of the great landscape painter – a strong man, a sage, a romantic in his feelings and a realist in technology, a contemplator, and great Russian talent.