Portrait of the historian of Skevsky V.ABOUT., Leonid Osipovich Pasternak

Portrait of the historian of Skevsky V.ABOUT., Leonid Osipovich Pasternak
Portrait of the historian of Skevsky V.ABOUT., Leonid Osipovich Pasternak - 1

  • Posted by Pasternak Leonid Osipovich
  • Museum: State Historical Museum, Moscow
  • Year: 1909

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of the historian of Skevsky V.ABOUT. – Leonid Osipovich Pasternak. 1909. Paper, pastel (on another attribute – canvas, tempera, gouache) .111 x 92 cm.

   A vivid and expressive picture depicts a famous scientist during a lecture or meeting. He is no longer young and convinced by gray hair, which contrasts sharply with his long black frock coat. The historian is depicted in profile, tiredly leaning with one hand on the pulpit, and the other holding onto the lower back. There are many people in the hall who carefully listen to everything that this famous person says.

   The picture is written in an impressionistic manner, that is, on it you will not see a clear drawing of details and a detailed image of each little thing. The canvas conveys the general feeling, the spirit of communication, as well as the special attractiveness of the personality of the main character. The smears and lines in the picture are bold and light, not having clear shapes and boundaries, but perfectly transmitting the space and volume of the room.

   The color scheme of the canvas is rich, bright enough and saturated, but not torn to the fore, but slightly muffled, “smoked” with a pleasant inclusion of bluish tones, which seem to envelop the contours of each detail and figure. This technique not only softens the brightness of local pure colors, but also deepens the shadows, forming space. The saturated red color of the wall in the background with paintings in massive frames does not “break through” to the fore, but only favorably emphasizes the expressive figure of a scientist in dark attire.

   Despite the fact that this is a portrait, there are many other people on the canvas and a large number of various details. The figure of the historian is surrounded by listeners, ancient sculptures, paintings on the walls and a large stone vase on the column, there is some kind of drawing or drawing near the table, a piece glass on the table and a glass so that you can drink some water during the lecture. All these details turn the usual portrait into a very expressive and memorable genre picture.