“Portrait of Zhukovsky”, Orest Adamovich Kiprensky – overview

“Portrait of Zhukovsky”, Orest Adamovich Kiprensky – overview
“Portrait of Zhukovsky”, Orest Adamovich Kiprensky - overview - 1

  • Posted by: Orest Adamovich Kiprensky
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1816

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Zhukovsky – Orest Adamovich Kiprensky. 1816. Oil on canvas. 64.8 x 58.1 cm

   In this portrait, romanticism is strongly emphasized, which was the main style of that era and was reflected in all spheres of art. A young romantic poet is depicted in an appropriate setting – in the background you can see a gentle translucent landscape with trees, wild wild lush vegetation and an old, semi-unwashed castle, referring us to the era of chivalry.

   The composition of the picture is perfectly subordinated to the round shape of the canvas – the poet is depicted in a position of three quarters, in a thoughtful pose, slightly cladding to the arm and looking into the distance. Perhaps at this moment he is just considering the plot of his next poetic work, because from his eyes it is clear that he is removed from the vanity of being.

   Colorizing paintings with something resembles portraits of the Renaissance, even the outlines and colors of the landscape in the background seem familiar. Something like Leonardo da Vinci is on the “Joconda” – the same transparent strokes and greenish-blue tones.

   The contained color scheme allows you to focus on the face and eyes of the poet. His skin seems to glow against a dark frock coat, and a gentle blush is shaded by darkness of raging hair in a fashionable hairstyle. This is a very beautiful and expressive portrait that retained the descendants’ appearance of a talented poet and courtier.