Vladimir Egorovich Makovsky is one of the greatest art figures of his time. He was born in 1846 in the family of the founder of the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. From childhood, the future artist was surrounded by art in all its manifestations: themed nights were organized in the family, to which famous creative personalities were invited.
In addition to Vladimir, the family had four more children, of whom three went into art, and the fate of the singer was destined for her sister. Such education left a mark on the subsequent work of Makovsky. He worked on a number of paintings, designed in a specific style. One of these projects was paintings with images of Russian girls.
Attributes of the Russian folk beauty, as a rule, included a luxurious kokoshnik flickering with bright colors, as well as the presence of jewelry on the clothes of the heroines of the paintings. Similar works glorified the domestic beauty of young ladies, highlighting their naturalness and charm. Hair, eyes, blush, smile - the artist carefully painted all these elements, emphasizing the importance of every little thing in the image of girls. One of these works was “Russian Beauty”.
The picture shows a young lady with long hair neatly laid in a braid, a wreath from an ensemble of flowers on her head, and rows of multi-colored beads adorn her neck. The girl's expression is decorated with a modest smile, and she herself looks into the distance. Thus, the artist managed to convey the subtle nature and ambition of the fair sex.
The delicate facial features of the heroine emphasize the sophistication of character and depth of soul, which undoubtedly attracts and conveys the mood with which Makovsky carefully applied element after element to the canvas. Russian land has always been famous for the beauty of women, and this picture is proof of this.