Kiprensky painted this portrait quickly enough. At this time, Zhukovsky was just about to leave for sunlit Italy. Researchers say that this picture was not completed. The customer specifically asked not to finish the left hand. This was done in order to convey inspiration and creative impulse.
The painter depicts Zhukovsky on a favorite background. We see a mysterious night, a ruined tower, a fabulous silhouette. The poet is looking somewhere ahead, but at the same time his immersion in his own thoughts is felt.
Kiprensky depicts the poet in a pose that betrays a dreamer in him who seeks, by all means, to catch the wonderful music of various fields. Zhukovsky stands above his usual life. He was associated with the miraculous. This can be felt if we examine in detail the portrait of Kiprensky. It seems that the poet listens to the fabulous voices of nature itself. It seems that all the secrets of this bizarre world are subject only to him.
This painting is dominated by brown and pastel colors. The artist highlights the face of Zhukovsky. It is as if illuminated by the sun. The whole portrait is impressive not with a riot of colors, but with the power of conveying the poet's character and his thoughts. The artist managed to understand this man and create a truly spiritualized picture. The canvas is so lively and deep that one can only be surprised at such a skill of Kiprensky.
We can feel that the artist really liked to paint this portrait. He invested incredible talent and genuine craftsmanship in his enormous work. It is clear that the painter felt sympathy for Zhukovsky. The poet himself also liked the picture very much. Thanks to the picture of Kiprensky, we can imagine not only how Zhukovsky looked, but also understand many of his works.
Pictures by Kazimir Malevich Photos