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Portrait of a Life Hussar Colonel E. 162x116
Orest Adamovich Kiprensky - the first Russian romantic artist. The famous art critic Baron N. N. Wrangel spoke of him: "All his art breathes with the heavy portent of a thunderstorm, a premonition of thunder and lightning ...". The type of romantic hero developed by the era was called upon to confront and fight the established norms and conventions of society. The cult of personality begins to be sung in Kiprensky’s painting, in the poetry of A. S. Pushkin, M. Yu. Lermontov.
The hero of the wars with Napoleon, the hussar Davydov, is depicted by the artist in an almost ceremonial manner, but is devoid of the inherent pompous representativeness of the genre. The carelessness of his posture creates dynamics, the lively and smart look directed towards the hero of the canvas also informs the desire for an active struggle, an impulse. A hint of the indefatigability of the spirit and the desire to serve the highest romantic ideals, always doomed to clash with reality, is a pre-storm landscape, captured in the background of the picture.
For this and a number of other portraits, the artist was awarded the title of academician of painting.