Siberian beauty, Surikov, 1891

Description of the picture:

Siberian beauty – Vasily Surikov. 1891. Oil on canvas. 50×39

   "True beauty does not need jewelry", – this is precisely the idea that occurs to the viewer in front of the portrait. Surikov preferred to look for images for his work among fellow countrymen in Siberia. And here we have a bright, full of life and energy Siberian.

   A young woman in a Russian outfit radiates joy and warmth. In black eyes full of mischief, happiness shines. A bright blush and a white-toothed smile complete the overall impression of the work.

   The suit is selected with a remarkable taste. Black, embroidered with gold, a sundress, a snow-white shirt, a white shawl with gold embroidery. The ensemble of black, white and gold – restrained, elegant, elegant. The dark background makes the image even brighter. Soft light evenly illuminates the model without highlighting anything.

   While singing the natural female beauty, the author considers it unnecessary to supplement the image with accessories that would more fully reveal the heroine’s inner world, but would complicate the content. The artist very accurately creates a generalized image of the Russian beauty: cheerful, free, strong.

   The process of posing itself appears before the viewer as pampering, fun. What he deliberately talks about "folk" manner of tying a scarf. The author’s irony does not overshadow the main thing from us – the beauty and naturalness of the heroine."

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