I. Kramskoy is a Russian artist known for becoming the leader of the famous “riot of 14” in 1863, when 14 young artists defiantly left the art school, refusing to paint what they were supposed to. In 1870, he organized the Partnership of Traveling Art Exhibitions, thereby further strengthening faith in the power of art, and more precisely - in its ability to transform everything that it touches. These personal characteristics, as well as the emotional state of the artist, were conveyed by himself in "Self-portrait", written in 1867.
One glance is enough to see that Kramskoy was a single-minded, unyielding person who could turn from self-taught to an idol and the leader of an entire generation of artists.
The picture is made in a realistic style, there are no extra touches, shadows or contours. Everything is transmitted as naturally and accurately as possible. This is what the artist sought. A thin face with ascetic features, a bit disheveled, long hair, a red beard complement the creator's nature.
Separately, your attention should be paid specifically to the eyes, or rather, to the look. Despite the fact that he is cold and attentive, he managed to convey at the energy level that passion for painting that was boiling in his soul.
This “Self-Portrait” of Kramskoy was given special attention, since this is his first work, where there is not a single hint of bohemian artistry, if you compare this picture with the artist’s early creations. In other words, he managed to do a tremendous job in a decade, and will learn to convey facial features and character through a portrait as accurately and concisely as possible. The year 1867 was truly a turning point for Kramskoy, since he reached a whole new level.
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