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Portrait of an old woman - Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov. 41.5 x 30.6 cm
XIX century, a time of change and reform in Russia. Wanderers in their work refer to the image of the living, real life of ordinary people, their portraits are distinguished by the ability to reveal the inner world and the nature of man. And among the best works of talented Russian painters is the “Portrait of an Old Woman” created by Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov.
A small, chamber picture. An old woman, dressed in a well-worn red-brown sheepskin coat, was thinking about something. A black scarf tightly tied over his head with a small fringe, decorated with a gray stripe around the edge, covers his hair.
In the dim diffused light, a yellowish-pale, wrinkled and puffy face is clearly visible. Deep folds extend from the wings of the straight nose to the narrow, tightly compressed, colorless lips. Once upon a time, beautiful eyebrows faded, losing a beautiful bend. Thin, wrinkled eyelids hang over the eyes, almost completely hiding them. But, despite this, it is clear that in her youth she was very pretty.
Lived a big hard life, had a lot to go through, but she coped with everything. Now before us is a magnificent, self-confident old woman, strong and strict. In a calm, slightly alienated gaze, wisdom and patience are visible.
The artist uses a minimum of muted, dim gray and brown shades, faded black, emphasizing the pallor of the face. Light ashen with barely noticeable lilac reflections, the background of the picture does not distract attention.
The master did not accidentally choose such a palette of colors, emphasizing the difficult character of the old woman. We see a living person who has seen a lot in life, but has not lost his stamina and self-esteem. And, most importantly, we feel her kindness and know how reliable a support she is for her family.
The picture is filled with warmth and sympathy, to which light sadness and regret about the past are mixed.