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Description of Leon Bakst's painting "Self-Portrait"


The painting, painted by Leon Samoilovich Bakst in 1893, is today stored in the State Russian Museum, in St. Petersburg. It is known that Leon Bakst was recognized as the real legislator of fashion trends in painting, such as Orientalism of the early twentieth century - the desire for exoticism, "unusualness."

After studying at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg as a free listener, Leon Bakst absorbed all the best in his creative manner and became a prominent figure in the art of the modern era.

A true master of the portrait, Leon Bakst used a wide variety of writing techniques: from light strokes with different sizes of brushes to bright, clear and flexible lines. Using contrasting tones, Bakst, like many other artists, highlighted the main details in his view in the portrait.

The artist’s self-portrait belongs to such an art movement as symbolism. The oil painting exudes an internal soft light, the glare on the artist’s face is in harmony with the tints of the smooth material of his blouse, the image itself fits into the background of the portrait very naturally, clothes almost merge with it in lightness of half tones. Expanded into a half-turn, the artist looks directly at the viewer, but not persistently, but gently observing, as if peering into the very essence of something beautiful.

In Bakst’s eyes, the passion for his beloved work - art, and silent contemplation, observation of life in all its manifestations are also reflected. The rich black color of velvet beret - as an eternal attribute of a romantic creator is present on the artist’s self-portrait. There is no narcissism in it, there are no superfluous attributes, and a soft, light shade of tone does not distract the viewer's attention from the most important thing, it allows you to feel a real artist, looking him directly in the eye. So we see the master of portraits, a prominent artist of the twentieth century - Leon Samoilovich Bakst.





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