Siberian beauty, Surikov, 1891

Siberian beauty, Surikov, 1891
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  • Posted by Vasily Ivanovich Surikov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1891

Overview of the painting :

Siberian beauty – Vasily Ivanovich Surikov. 1891. Oil on canvas. 50×39

   “Real beauty does not need jewelry,” – it is such a thought that comes to mind to the viewer in front of the portrait. Surikov preferred to seek images for his work among fellow countrymen in Siberia. Here we have a bright, full of life and energy Siberian.

   A young woman in a Russian outfit radiates joy and warmth. In black eyes full of mischief, happiness glows. A bright blush and a white-toothed smile complete the overall impression of work.

   The costume is selected with a remarkable taste. Black, gold-shot, sundress, snow-white shirt, white scarf with gold embroidery. The ensemble of black, white and gold is restrained, exquisite, elegant. The dark background makes the image even brighter. Soft light evenly illuminates the model without highlighting anything.

   In a hurrying natural female beauty, the author considers it unnecessary to supplement the image with accessories that would have more fully revealed the inner world of the heroine, but would complicate the content. The artist very accurately creates a generalized image of the Russian beauty: funny, free, strong.

   The very process of posing appears before the viewer, like pampering, fun. What the “popular” manner of tying a scarf speaks deliberately. The irony of the author does not obscure the main thing from us – the beauty and naturalness of the heroine.