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Description of the painting by Valentin Serov “Portrait of Maxim Gorky”


On the eve of the 1905 revolution, portrait painter Valentin Serov writes to Maxim Gorky. The work is done in the spirit of an era that is dynamic and hectic. It’s difficult to portray significant people, but much more interesting. The artist did his best to make “Portrait of Gorky” a reflection of both the appearance and deep philosophical views of the great writer.

We see in the picture a young writer Gorky. The features are easily recognizable: a magnificent mustache, slightly frowned eyebrows, a serious look. The figure of the writer stands out as a black spot on a light blurry background. Nothing distracts the eye from the personality of Maxim Gorky. With maximum detail, the author of the portrait depicted the facial features of the portrait. All the clothes of the hero of the picture are black. This is a simple shirt and pants tucked into boots.

Attracts the gesture of the writer's right hand. The hand is leaned against the chest, as if the man is having a tense conversation, convincing of something that is beyond the boundaries of the picture of the interlocutor. The direction of Maxim Gorky’s gaze is also directed somewhere beyond the borders of the canvas. This philosophical conversation is immediately presented to us. The great figure of Russian literature proves one of his ideas. After all, he was not only a brilliant writer, but also a thoughtful thinker.

The revolutionary era is magnificently reflected in "Portrait of Gorky." The image of the writer is filled with dynamics. The figure is painted stately, it does not fit within the canvas. The Russian artist Serov wanted to express his personal admiration for the activity and way of thinking of A. M. Gorky.

The style of a portrait is defined as impressionism. The technique of writing the image is a delight. The fact with which deliberate negligence the background and black clothes of the writer are written clearly contrasts with amazing clarity in the display of facial features. Serov boldly plays in contrasts, attracting the viewer to the personality of the genius of literature.





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