The dream of grandmother and granddaughter, Brullov – overview of the painting

The dream of grandmother and granddaughter, Brullov – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Karl Pavlovich Brullov
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1829

Overview of the painting :

The dream of grandmother and granddaughter is Karl Pavlovich Brullov. 1829. Paper, watercolor, bronze, varnish, 22.5×27.4 cm

   After a trip to Italy, Brullov became interested in genre painting. Often his stories and their transformations literally balanced on the very edge of high art. However, if the contemporaries of the painter could reproach him for some frivolity, then we, the descendants, can only admire the artist’s elegant humor.

   The painting “A dream of grandmother and granddaughter”, not only does it display heroines in such an intimate place as a bedroom, and tries to penetrate the secret dreams of sleeping multi-age girls. This is not the first time Brullov has turned to such a composition where sleep, as the main indicator of the most hidden thoughts, is depicted as a naked woman in a transparent cloak that spread her arms like wings.

   What does grandmother and granddaughter dream about? Their thoughts are far from decent topics. An old woman whose face is dotted with wrinkles sees herself as a young, flirting flirtingly with a distant young man in a wig with letters. The fact that it is she in her youth is confirmed by portraits over her grandmother’s bed, and a blessed smile, frozen on the mouth of a sleeping one.

   The granddaughter is still very young, and her dreams are far from all kinds of amurs – nightmares with dragon-like monsters and crosses of cemeteries torment the girl. Her face is restless, the figure is constrained, and the blanket almost fell to the floor.

   Like all the watercolor works of Brullov, this picture is saturated with light and bright colors, and the ironic plot gives the masterpiece an exceptional charm.