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Description of the painting by Alexey Venetsianov “Portrait of Karamzin”


The self-taught artist managed to achieve recognition and fame. Alexei managed to do what nobody could do - from an unknown young man whose parents had nothing to do with creative life, he managed to become famous, to earn the title of Academician.

One of the later portraits that A.V. Venetsianov painted was a portrait of the outstanding historian Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin. Despite the fact that many famous portrait painters lived in Moscow, the Academy of Russian Language and Literature gave an order to Alexei Venetsianov. During this period, the artist has already stopped writing in a romantic style. Despite the fact that Venetsianov did not paint portraits not from nature, he accepted the order. The reason for this was personal sympathy for the person Karamzin. He was for Venetsianov the embodiment of enlightenment.

Venetsianov had several works of Karamzin in his library.

Karamzin is depicted on the canvas realistically. I can’t even believe that the artist Venetsianov had to paint a portrait from a photograph. He managed to convey a facial expression, a slightly open mouth, a calm look. Karamzin appears before the audience with his characteristic features.

Art historians know Alexei Venitsianov not only as a wonderful portrait painter, but also as an artist who painted paintings on the theme of rural home life, everyday life. He painted all the paintings with the help of dry paints. The works are distinguished by the maximum reliability of the transmission of light, shadow, color. He worked with pastels, was engaged in lithography, wrote articles and notes on creativity.





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