Portrait of the artist Nikolai Ge, Yaroshenko – overview

Portrait of the artist Nikolai Ge, Yaroshenko – overview
Portrait of the artist Nikolai Ge, Yaroshenko - overview - 1

  • Posted by Nikolay Alexandrovich Yaroshenko
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1890

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of the artist N. N. Ge – Nikolay Alexandrovich Yaroshenko. 1890. Oil on canvas. 92.5×73.5

   Nikolay Alexandrovich Yaroshenko (1848-1896) is one of the main participants in the Partnership of Travel Art Exhibitions. Having consolidated the fame of the portrait painter, Yaroshenko created the “era In the faces” – these are the time-identified types of a student-vacor, a cursist, a working-kochegar, and the designated circle of outstanding personalities of the second half of the XlX century – L. N. Tolstoy, actress P. AND . Strepetova, artist I. N. Kram and many others.

   In 1890, Yaroshenko performed a portrait of his association comrade, the painter Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge. The identity of this artist attracted contemporaries, many considered him an absurd old man who retired on his Ukrainian farm since the 1870s and lived according to strange religious beliefs. Someone, on the contrary, found in him a spark of living mind and the talent of oratory, the ability to enthusiastically lecture on art. Ge’s work also did not find unity of opinion. Having dedicated the last two decades of his life to the theme of the life and death of Christ, Ge performed countless paintings and graphic works with evangelical plots. The theme of the crucifixion that took possession of the artist will become central to his co-philosopher understanding of the Christian faith. Outcast of daily, hard work on creating paintings “Son of the Sanhedrin Court”, “Judas (Consent)”, “Exit from the Last Supper” and others, Ge painfully experienced rejection and misunderstanding of his work by the public, prohibition of his paintings to be shown at exhibitions.

   Yaroshenko portrayed the artist shortly before his death. The wise look of the old man, the God-seeker, the unrecognized genius, as if asks the viewer: “What is the truth?”, echoing the hero of his canvas standing in the background.