Riders. Steam portrait of E. Mussara and E. Mussard., Brullov

Riders. Steam portrait of E. Mussara and E. Mussard., Brullov
Riders. Steam portrait of E. Mussara and E. Mussard., Brullov - 1

  • Posted by Karl Pavlovich Brullov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1849

Overview of the painting :

Riders. Steam portrait of E. Mussara and E. Mussard. – Brullov. 1849. Watercolor, Italian pencil, varnish, 69×50.9

   In 1849, Brullov again left for Europe – doctors recommended him a change in climate. Arriving in Rome, the painter creates a wonderful pair portrait permeated with decoratism and aristocracy.

   The painting “Horsemen” depicts the friends of the artist, the couple of Mussar. Emilia, seated on a delightful gray stallion in apples, is brought to the fore. Behind her, pulling up the reins, he stops his horse Eugene Mussar.

   The composition of the picture is “scroen” very harmonious and sophisticated, and it is based on a roll call of graceful smooth movements of horses with a flowing long skirt of the rider. Despite the integrity of this double portrait, each of the heroes is distinguished by his own personality – a beautiful woman with a mysterious half-smile and a proud man with an even posture and a direct look.

   The whole background was created in the form of a conditional landscape, so as not to distract the viewer from the perception of elegant horsemen.