Description of the painting by Konstantin Yuon "Self-portrait"

Description of the painting by Konstantin Yuon

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Year of creation - 1912, materials - canvas, oil, dimensions - 54 by 36 cm. Located in the Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Born even under the reign of the emperor, Konstantin Fedorovich successfully realized not only as an artist, landscape painter and creator of theatrical scenery during the wars and revolutions, he is considered a connecting link that brings together the art of old and new Russia. In his expressive, paint-filled work, he surprisingly combined in different works the realism of impressionism and Russian modernism. Particularly noteworthy are paintings on futuristic and “cosmic” subjects.

And in an almost opposite color manner, the painter depicted himself on this canvas. He appears before the viewer as a serious thirty-seven-year-old man in a vest and tie - a typical image of the artist seems somewhat different. Deep hazel eyes look piercingly and give out the mind, under them lay a mauve shade, talking about fatigue. At the same time, pinkish-beige lips stand out on the face, and it is perfectly framed by a whole palette of blue - from cobalt and midnight on the left to sapphire and gray-blue with translucent reflections from the skin and hair on the right. At the same time, a cold shadow lays down on the open area of ​​the neck from the wall. The shirt shines dazzlingly with white. The background is marked by noticeable large strokes, the clothes are almost not detailed. Probably, the master decided to portray his true self without embellishment right in the workshop - in the distance you can see the table and stretchers for canvas.

The overall impression of the self-portrait is a little sad and calm, it sets up a philosophical twist. The look clings to the triangle of the eye-nose-lips and begins to travel around the suit, to follow the transitions, it would seem, such a limited range of shades.

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