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There are several self-portraits in which the great artist portrayed himself. On this canvas he is depicted in the last years of his life. Having achieved universal respect and recognition, a magnificent image of the brush master appears before the viewer. About his nature and character speaks posture and facial expression.
A kind and pleasant smile, expressive eyes, looking thoughtfully into the distance, give him a soft, respectable, self-confident person. The satin ribbon and orders reflect difficult periods of life, its victory and defeat, honor and courage, shown in battles not only with others, but also with oneself.
If you take a closer look, in the background is a painting “A Storm at Sea at Night,” which embodies the artist’s love for the sea. On the canvas, the last moments of the ship’s life are probably written in strokes. Passion, excitement, fear caused by the angry elements seem to express their thoughts and feelings for creativity.
A portrait of the artist himself in his youth is exhibited on the shelf with light strokes. Turning the head toward the canvas again conveys the love of the sea.
The second portrait was painted at an earlier age, when Aivazovsky was just starting his career. Passion and a living mind for learning and observation are visible in the eyes. Many of his contemporaries noted the talent for memorization in the master. Seeing once, accidentally caught a moment, he did not run to the colors.
Only after long hours of fermentation in the streets of the city and a mentally completed painting did the artist send to his workshop. A slight smile indicates a person’s openness, but the posture warns of alertness and readiness not to give offense. Not for nothing that the first picture depicts the orders of the White Eagle and the stars of Vladimir the Second. The eagle was given for services to the motherland, his motto was: "For Faith, the King and the Law."
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