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The boy in the portrait is depicted against the backdrop of nature. You can see the city, green bushes, a distant grove, trees, with transparent brown leaves against the dawn sky, yellow at the horizon. Around reigns autumn, cool, early, golden and beautiful. Overflows of flowers would be beautiful, even if they were an independent landscape.
The boy who turns them into a portrait looks like their flesh from the flesh. He is wearing a red shirt with a gray hat. Brown hair reaches to the shoulders, the face looks tender, like a girl. The nose is reddish, as are the cheeks - apparently the weather is already quite cool - the eyes are dark, the lips are puffy, and the chin seems too soft, not manly beveled.
However, the expression on the eyes of the boy will suit an adult man. He looks at the viewer seriously, as if he disturbed his peace or does not want to answer the question that was asked of him. So the young squire of a noble knight might look at a peasant who refuses to refuse his way, or a young prince at a dragon who does not want to let him go to the princess. The boy’s head is thrown back, his chin is slightly lifted up, he looks as if from a high point, and this position is clearly familiar to him.
Perhaps he is the son of a wealthy man or engaged from birth to the daughter of a noble family. And maybe, just his character is characterized by gloom and a heightened sense of self-esteem, which does not allow him to look at someone from the bottom up.
He looks about twelve years old. He is just starting his life, and life already seems to him to be quite amusing, although not worthy of indulgence. Perhaps he saw someone's death or was faced with misfortune. The childish seriousness in his look, and, perhaps, what seems arrogant, is really just some kind of question tormenting him - the meaning of life or the meaning of his own birth.
Vasnetsov Painting Ivan Tsarevich And The Gray Wolf