Description of the painting by Karl Bryullov “The Horsewoman”

Description of the painting by Karl Bryullov “The Horsewoman”

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“The Horsewoman” is a painting by the Russian artist Karl Bryullov, painted in 1832 at the request of Countess Julia Samoilova. Even on the dog’s collar, the artist depicted the name of the Samoilovs. The painting was first exhibited in 1832 at the Brera Gallery in Milan. Further, the canvas was at the Countess's own until its ruin in 1972, when the painting was sold.

In 1896, the "Horsewoman" was acquired for the Tretyakov Gallery. At first it was supposed that the countess herself was depicted on the canvas, but art historians, having studied the later canvases of Bryullov, were able to prove that this is not so. The painting depicts Dzhovanina and Amalicia Pacini - pupils of Countess Julia Samoilova. The artist called his painting "Dzhovanin on a horse." In Italy there are engravings of this picture, which are considered a portrait of the singer Malibran, who is famous enough and accounts for her sister Pauline Viardo.

The picture conveys the scene of a walk. The moment of returning home is captured when Jovanin drives up to the porch on a black horse. Bryullov’s composition “The Horsewoman” is filled with dynamism - everything in it is in motion, froze literally for a second, so that the artist can capture. A black horse hoofs, heated after a walk, and a dog, with a nominal collar, throws himself under his hooves, joyfully meeting Dzhovanin. The painting also depicts the small half-sister of Dzhovanin - Amalicia. She is dressed in a pink dress and green shoes. But most of all, her enthusiastic look attracts attention with the way she looks at her half-sister Jovanin.

The picture is full of joy from the meeting after a short, but still absent. From observing it, the spirit freezes and the audience seems to plunge into this joyful atmosphere depicted on the canvas of the Russian artist Karl Bryullov, who was able to convey so sincerely and honestly the atmosphere that prevailed at that time in the countess’s estate.

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