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Description of the painting by Ivan Shishkin "Self-portrait"


Shishkin wrote a self-portrait more than once. At the time when the first portrait of himself was painted, young Shukshin, as a student of the Moscow School of Architecture, Painting and Sculpture. At that time, he, full of success and in anticipation of fame, presented his portrait to the public.

After 32 years, in 1886, Shishkin painted himself again. The only difference is that now he was not an ordinary student with his ambitions, shyness and thirst to take his place in this world, but a renowned landscape painter. In addition, at the time when Shishkin painted his second portrait, he was an academician. The artistic talented author received this title twenty years before painting.

In 1886, the artist decided to draw his self-portrait in order to tell the public about himself. An interesting point: he painted himself just at that moment of his life, when he was able to fully realize the tragic situation. Now, after all the events that took place in his life, Shishkin prayed more and did not pursue hopes or his personal happiness. He did not need any of this.

Therefore, he decided to portray himself in casual, unremarkable clothes. The portrait shows that this is a man behind whose shoulders is not the most successful life. Experience and the bitterness of loss are read in the eyes. For this reason, the author’s look is perceptive and deep. It seems that he knows everything about everyone. The outline of the author’s mouth is hidden from human prying eyes behind a wide beard.

As critics rated this self-portrait, Shukshin painted himself with a thoughtful and gaze. Here you can see the manner of peering into beauty and penetrating into the very depths of the human soul and thoughts. On the other hand, the portrait is trying to win over and give calm to the person.





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