Description of the artwork «Rider. Portrait Dzhovaniny Pacini and Amazilia, pupils of Countess Y. P. Samoilova»
Karl Bryullov is one of the most famous graduates of the Academy of arts of the Russian Empire. A brilliant representative of late romanticism, Bryullov created many beautiful paintings, including several portraits of the prominent men of his time. His artistic style was characterized by warm rich tones, sharp contrasts, sometimes – touching female nudity; he was able to reflect in his paintings of human moods, fears and feelings. At twenty-three he graduated with honors from the Academy of fine arts, he went to Europe to continue his studies. After some travelling he settles in Italy, where he spent fourteen of the most fruitful creative years in his life.
Painting "Horsewoman" Bryullov since its exposure in 1832 to the present day had a huge amount of descriptions and critical reviews. Italian Newspapers wrote that the work of the painter has surpassed all expectations, and his style and skill can be compared with the legendary Rubens.
The canvas depicts the pupils of a Russian Countess Julia Pavlovna Samoilova – Giovanina and Amalicia. Giovanina are unflappable rider sitting on a foamy, besieged horse. Little Amalicia admiringly watching an older friend off the porch, clinging to the railing. However, "the Horsewoman" by Karl Bryullov were not only laudatory odes critics. There were those who drew attention to how dramatically the calmness of the rider contrasts with the agitated state of the horse. They found it unnatural.
The thrill of sharply besieged horses his concern and willingness to stand up on its hind legs would have forced the girl to pull on the reins and lean. Rider Karl Briullov on the canvas demonstrates perfect posture and calm, her face almost impassive. Some critics found the facial expression and the girl's pose is unnatural and deliberate. However, the messy, and funny, ominous state of nature in the background of the picture, the passionate admiration in the eyes of a small Amalicia, waving in the wind graceful veil Dzhovaniny – all on the canvas suggests that the artist perfectly mastered the skill transfer of all conditions and nature, and people and animals.
Emphasizing the calm rider, Bryullov clearly served some purpose. It is possible to make the emphasis on the portrait Dzhovaniny, accurately passing her features. Painting "Horsewoman" Bryullov wrote a very warm and vivid colors, passing in the canvas not only the mood of the characters in the movie, its atmosphere and dynamics, but the rich tone of a summer evening in Italy.
"Horsewoman" is a wonderful Russian painter Karl Pavlovich Brullov is an undeniable example of the portrait painting. Appreciate the splendor of the paintings, visit the State Tretyakov gallery in Moscow.