Portrait of Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna with her daughter Maria - Karl Pavlovich Bryullov. 265 x 185 cm
Elena Pavlovna, nee Princess of Württemberg, and later the wife of the fourth son of Paul I, Grand Duke Mikhail, was known as a very educated woman, as well as a philanthropist and social activist.
But besides this, she is also a charming woman, refined, majestic and noble. That was exactly what Karl Pavlovich Bryullov portrayed, at that time still a novice portrait painter, a recent graduate of the Academy of Arts.
The Grand Duchess, during her travels in Italy and, being in Rome in 1828, commissioned Bryullov his full-length portrait. The artist carefully approached the work, he had a lot of sketches, sketches and ideas - how best to portray a character, how it is more profitable to emphasize a pose, which compositional solution to choose.
To show Elena Pavlovna in motion was the best decision of the young artist and which he often used subsequently.
A young woman descends the stairs with her eldest daughter Maria, a small, angelic, fragile creature. The face of the princess is aristocratic almost impartial, which can not be said about Mary - she is childishly sweet, surprised, interested in something fascinating to the side. But the princess, holding the girl by the handle, carries her down.
The author conveys the dynamics of the composition with the help of spectacular overflows and shine of the Grand Duchess's satin dress, the folds of the girl’s light dress fluttering hem.
A beautifully draped red background, remarkably matched by Bryullov, sets off the face and beautiful figure of a woman walking down the marble steps. And the author chose a miniature umbrella of blue color for the lovely Mary, who smoothes her flushed face with her cold tone and contrasts with a delicate pink dress.
The perfectly executed portrait of the Grand Duchess is a confirmation of the brilliant skill of the best painter of the academic direction - Karl Bryullov.