He is called the founder of the Russian watercolor portrait. A remarkable resemblance, a beautiful drawing and a pleasant softness of colors - such a characteristic was given to the works of the contemporary master. The artist painted many portraits of members of the royal family and guests of the court of the Empress. His brushes belong to more than 500 portraits of his contemporaries. We can say that Sokolov created a story in faces. The speed of execution without grueling posing sessions and the airiness of color made the watercolor portrait extremely popular.
The artist owns one of the best images of Pushkin. The poet is depicted sitting in an armchair in his favorite position - with arms crossed. a neckerchief tied in a bizarre knot lifts the tips of a snow-white collar. A dark frock coat emphasizes the oval of the face, rebellious curls and a calm expression with which he looks into the distance. What kind of images swarm behind a clear look, covered with a dreamy haze? Who knows. But, thanks to Sokolov’s watercolors, the image of the poet was preserved for future generations.
The artist himself showed his attitude to the work by signing it. The picture did not immediately find a place for itself. Pushkin presented it to his brother A. O. Smirnova, then the painting was visited by P. N. Batyushkov, and later came to A. A. Bakhrushin.
It was watercolor that was able to convey the very flight of thought of the great poet. The transparent lightness of the paint and the slight blurring of the outlines convey the speed of the passage of time, grandeur, and glory. Everything passes, but art and memory remain in verses and paintings.
Painting Wet Meadow