The entire aristocracy of the 18th century was fond of hunting. It was a kind of fun that distracted from everyday thoughts. And then at that time there was a lot of every beast that could be knocked out. Count Alexei Tolstoy was clearly no exception. And this despite the fact that he perfectly not only hunted, but also owned a pen.
On the canvas is exactly that Alexey Tolstoy, who will soon give Russia several masterpieces at once, and among them the “Prince of Silver”. And on the canvas he is still young and careless and still does not know that he is destined not for a long life. Alas, the talented do not live long.
In the meantime, before us is a young man who went hunting. Bag, gun and, of course, a dog, all with you. And most importantly, passion is visible in the eyes. But her face is somehow too tender and it seems that such a gentleman couldn’t shoot an ant either ... But how often it happened that the appearance was deceiving. And Tolstoy was a passionate hunter. Exactly like a great writer
But still appearance was largely losing. Gentle hands, a gentle face, that's just a look a little ironic. And so it is seen from the portrait that he is ready to catch his luck, his game.
Excitement, apparently was inherent in this person. How else? It is a pity that this man managed to do so little. Who knows, maybe he could become a great writer or poet. Although already left a very noticeable mark in Russian literature.
But Bryullov saved us such a wonderful person in this way, and thanks to the artist we remember him and so young. There are still portraits of Alexei Tolstoy as an adult, but this one seems to be his best portrait.
What can I say? To understand a person, you need to not only see him. But also to read what he wrote. And he wrote remarkably and especially on historical topics, and oddly enough he wrote about the times of Ivan the Terrible.
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