This picture Rubens painted after his marriage. On it, he portrayed himself with his wife in front of a bush with honeysuckle. From the picture it breathes calm, self-confidence and happiness. Both figures are approximately the same and located next to each other. With this composition, the artist wanted to symbolize the equality of their marriage. He is sitting on a high bench, his wife Isabella crouched on her lap. In the pose of the artist freedom and ease are read, the leg is thrown upside down.
Prior to Rubens, more than one artist did not depict portraits with similar compositions.
Speaking about this work of Rubens, experts believe that it is not just a happy spouse with a spouse. The artist managed to capture marriage in his work. Isabella freely puts her hand on Rubens' leg. Such a gesture symbolizes her inner confidence and freedom.
In his creation, the artist managed, without losing the sacred meaning of the sacrament of engagement, to ennoble and decorate it with special warmth, trust and intimacy, using the construction of connections throughout the picture. All these signs symbolize the union of a young couple. So, for example, the touch of the hands of the newlyweds acts as the center of an S-like curve. It begins near the artist’s head and ends on the second hand of his wife, down.
The most important part of the picture is the background of the portrait, depicting the actual whereabouts of the spouses. This feature is especially enhanced by the level of vision showing grass and flowers. Due to such an armhole, the picture seems lively and real, but it is completely devoid of reliable details.
The artist builds the composition, relying on the rhythm of forms and figures on the plane. The figures of lovers can be simply entered into an oval circle, their robes in almost the same color schemes.
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