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Portrait of Denis Davydov, Alexander Osipovich Orlovsky - description

Portrait of Denis Davydov, Alexander Osipovich Orlovsky - description

Portrait of Denis Davydov - Alexander Osipovich Orlovsky.

The hero of the Patriotic War of 1812, Denis Davydov, is almost legendary. The hussar, the leader of the partisan movement, famous for his courage, daring and extraordinary luck in many impudent attacks on the enemy, he was repeatedly captured in portraits made in various techniques.

Orlovsky’s work is a lithography depicting a hussar in the artist’s traditional technique. The central part is occupied by Denis Davydov riding a white horse in apples. He is dressed in a black cossack and yarmulke, on the side of a saber in bright, spectacular scabbard. Davydov in dust clubs is followed by two hussars on a bay and salt horse, and on the other hand, against the background, a broken bivouac with white tents and burning bonfires is visible.

An additional detail that fits into the overall style of the painting is a partially visible tree behind a pair of hussars, broken off at the top, with dry and still alive branches.

There are no too bright color spots in this picture; light muted colors in pastel colors prevail in it, although the hussars' suits are quite saturated and decorated with gold galloon, embroidery and fur edging. Davydov's black outfit and his white and gray horse are clearly looming against a grayish-blue sky with olive clouds that almost completely cover him.

The hero is depicted in profile, his direct posture is emphasized by a black Cossack, and the horse under him not only walks, but literally dances. This one is very beautiful and strongly reminiscent of the ceremonial portraits of military heroes and kings, characteristic of the past centuries.

In the canvas, a finely tuned composition, in which the level of view is located very low. This allows you to submit the figure of the main character more monumental, as on a horse monument. She looks meaningful and impressive. In other portraits, Davydov is depicted nearby, being fixed on his face, here we see the whole figure as a whole.

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