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Ida Rubinstein

Romaine Brooks • Painting, 1917
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Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Portrait
Date of creation: 1917

Description of the artwork «Ida Rubinstein»

Ida Rubinstein's portrait of 1917 seems to be a twin brother of the painting "The Cross of France", but, of course, it is no longer a symbolic allegory. Certainly, the details of the heroine's image are also different: the simple and durable fabrics of the nurse's clothes are replaced by finer and more refined fabrics that make up the dancer's costume. Nevertheless, the general heroic and aloof mood of the image is retained in this portrait, which is not directly connected with the theme of heroism and overcoming. Rubinstein is shown here primarily as a romantic person in voluntary isolation, a feeling emphasized by the restless seascape devoid of human presence.

From the book "The Best Contemporary Artists. Romain Brooks."
Author of the text - O. A. Kitashova