Portrait of the violinist Walter, Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov – overview

Portrait of the violinist Walter, Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov – overview
Portrait of the violinist Walter, Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov - overview - 1

    • Author: Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov
    • Museum: Private collection
    • Year: 1902

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of violinist B. G. Walter – Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov. Oil on canvas. 61 x 42 cm
The era of realism in Russian painting is replacing the age of classicism. Instead of solemn, ceremonial portraits of noble noble noblemen, artists are increasingly writing their contemporaries. They create images not only of famous writers, painters, composers, but also of ordinary people, trying to convey, in addition to external similarities, the very essence of man, his character.

Among the few portraits written by Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov, there is an image of the famous Russian violinist – Viktor Grigoryevich Walter.

After finishing his performance, the musician sat down to rest against the dark wall, calmly posing as an artist. His figure almost merges with a dark chocolate background, smoothly changing its color from black to saturated cognac. And only a slightly tired spiritualized face illuminated by the sun immediately attracts attention.

A smooth skin glows with a wet gloss, a neatly trimmed dark chestnut beard emphasizes the correct face oval. Thick hair combed back opens a high clean forehead, and only a deep fold coming from the graceful wings of a thin nose gives out the age of a man.

Behind the transparent glasses in a thin golden frame, slightly pitiful insightful brown eyes are visible, peering with interest into the artist. The look of a smart, subtlely sensitive, creative person who has seen a lot in life. A light disposing smile lurks in the corners of the lips, promising an intimate conversation.

A violin shines with soft golden-antar colors, which the musician grasps with love and so carefully.

There is another bright spot on the canvas – a dazzling whiteness glows on a starched collar of the shirt, contrasting with deep black tones of concert tailcoat and dandy butterfly.

The palette of the picture is very concise and restrained, but what a wealth of halftones, the finest nuances of warm brown shades, instilling a feeling of spiritual intimacy and friendly feelings.

The painter himself played the viola well, maybe that’s why he with such inspiration conveys the lively image of a talented violinist who devoted his whole life to serving the Music.