“The groom choosing a ring for his bride”, Ivanov – description of the painting

Description of the picture:

The groom choosing a ring for his bride is Alexander Andreevich Ivanov. Watercolor on paper.

The famous painter Alexander Andreevich Ivanov is a representative of Russian classicism of the 19th century. His paintings are stored in many museums around the world and of course, in the museums of St. Petersburg and Moscow.

The artist spent most of his life in Italy, where he worked a lot, wrote sketches and landscapes.

Perhaps, under the influence of Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol, whom they met in Rome in 1837, Ivanov began to try his хэнд at the genre theme, although he had not recognized it before, considered it unworthy of classical painting.

So, the genre scene is revealed in one of the light and light works of the artist Alexander Ivanov, written in one thousand eight hundred thirty nine – “The groom choosing a ring for the bride.”

The painting was done in watercolor, which, incidentally, is also unusual for Ivanov. But he, like a real talent, discovered and was able to use all the most expressive possibilities of watercolor writing. It is precisely genre scenes that presuppose a particularly reverent attitude of the author to the image of sun glare, light, air and their interaction with color. But what if not watercolor will convey all the facets of the play of light and color.

The plot of the picture is very simple: the central figure is a young groom, with self-esteem, with coins in his hands, selects jewelry for his bride. He smiles slightly, probably imagines how she will rejoice and admire the ring.

Curious girls are very picturesque – they are interested in what kind of jewelry this handsome young man will choose, and at the same time they feel a slight envy for an unfamiliar bride. Jewelry dealer – important and leisurely, he is confident in his product.

The author perfectly wrote out each character individually and at the same time they are united by a common, fascinating event taking place on this street.

Thanks to the watercolor brush, there is a special transparency of the sky, the ease of a summer, warm day. And all this everyday street scene is filled with pleasant human emotions, liveliness, brightness of the southern Italian town."

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