The proposal to depict on the canvas of Peter I himself at one time not only affected, but really started and made Serov literally obsessed with this idea. Before that, he had already turned to various historical plots, but it was this case that became unique.
The image of Peter I on the canvas Serov asked the leaders of one publication. In 1907, one popular publisher, I. Knebel, officially ordered Serov. The essence of the order was simple - it was necessary not only to depict the tsar in the picture, but also to depict one or more of his merits in terms of the development and formation of St. Petersburg.
The historical figure, who was famous for many of her deeds, affected Serov and did not allow him to live in peace. Therefore, Serov, using his own solidity, decided to capture in the picture not just the image of Peter I, which was ordered to him, but to draw it real. In other words, draw it not powdered or embellished.
Since Serov decided to thoroughly prepare for this work, he began to attend lectures, disappeared for hours and even days at the Hermitage, and continued to do many more similar or similar preparatory work. All this revealed to the talented artist of his time an excellent picture of the character and personality of this emperor.
And then Serov began to understand that the creation of the fleet, many grand reforms and the victory over the forces of the Swedish army - all these and other events in which Peter I took part, should not have passed without sacrifice and blood.
Therefore, the pen master did the job perfectly. The picture came true from all sides. One of the main moments of his life was noted here - reforms, construction and the rise of Russia from its knees. Customers accepted the work, and as a result, it became one of the most significant to date.
Painting Surikov Stepan Razin