Portrait, as a genre of art, has been known since ancient times. But not every artist knew how to paint people so that a portrait would not only be similar in facial features, but also convey the person’s character, mood, and emotional state. Fully succeeded by the American artist Gilbert Stewart (1755-1828).
The portrait is especially popular in that era when faith in man’s capabilities, in his common sense and transformative power is maximally achieved. The end of the 18th century for America was a time of tremendous transformation, when one person was able to change the course of history. That was the US President George Washington.
Gilbert painted several of his portraits, and the famous “The Athenaeum” remained unfinished, which irritated the President himself. Since the last artist made 130 copies. He sold them to ensure the existence of the family, but to no avail. Due to lack of funds, Gilbert Stewart, who painted portraits of several heads of state, was buried in a common grave. Incredible injustice, because even on a US banknote the portrait of the President, made with his hand, has been flaunting for more than a hundred years.
In 1797, a full-length portrait of George Washington was painted. Before us is a stately figure of a man in a pose of a speaker, in civilian clothes. Despite his mature age, he has a proud posture. Remarkably spelled out eyes, bright, calm, thinking. The lips of the President are tightly compressed, the mouth stands out with a characteristic bite. A slight blush speaks of a lively character.
Amazingly beautifully written hands, well-groomed, with long fingers. The open right palm facing the viewer as if invites to a dialogue. In his left hand, Washington holds a sword, a symbol of power and military success.
In contrast to the dark clothes of the figure, the decoration of the cabinet is bright: a red tablecloth, muted burgundy curtains, carved furniture with gilded trim. The image of a rainbow in the background is symbolic, as if it says: “As long as George Washington rules us, there will be peace in the country.”
Painting Vrubel Tsarevna Swan