Self portrait in a red cloak, Oryol – overview

Self portrait in a red cloak, Oryol – overview
Self portrait in a red cloak, Oryol - overview - 1

  • Posted by Alexander Osipovich Orlovsky
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1809

Overview of the painting :

Self-portrait in a red cloak – Alexander Osipovich Orlovsky. 1809. The paper is gray, coal, sanguine, chalk. 40.5×51.3

   The image created by a wonderful Russian artist, participant in the Polish uprising A. ABOUT. Orlovsky in the “Auto Portrait” is the ideal of the personality of the era of romanticism: a person overwhelmed by passions, whose thought and imagination create a new world. The Creator, whether it be a poet or artist, endowed with a special gift from above to see and feel something hidden from others, was perceived akin to Demiurgu.

   A free independent person, the true hero of his time – this is how the author of this drawing appears. A rebellious look from under the frowned eyebrows, dark curls who do not want to obediently lie on his head – the whole appearance of the artist gives out a fighter in him.

   The rebellious spirit was characteristic of romanticism, lay in its very philosophy. The violent temperament of the author was reflected in the manner of writing the portrait, in the nature of the strokes – juicy and sweeping. The work impresses one technique created by improvisation, lively and expressive.