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Vasnetsov is known for his artwork on fabulous and epic themes. However, the list of topics of his work is extensive. He painted portraits, paintings on everyday and religious topics. Writing portraits of loved ones helped Vasnetsov create the ideal of national beauty. He believed that there was no need to invent anything in the portrait. It is only necessary to fully see a person.
A large role in the life of Vasnetsov was played by his wife, Alexander Ryazantsev. Her portrait was painted by the artist in 1878. The picture is made in dark colors, like most portraits of that time. The emphasis in the composition is placed on the face of Vasnetsova. Behind the woman's back is a dark background, which makes her image even brighter. The artist tried to depict his wife on the canvas as she was in life.
A woman with a neatly styled hair of dark color and an open honest face is looking at us from a picture. She looks directly in front of her, a confident and calm look. Wisdom is felt in him. Strict and at the same time kind eyes struck Vasnetsov even at the first meeting with his future wife. It was this view that he was trying to convey on canvas.
In the portrait there is something thoughtful, emphasizing the depth of the rich inner world of Alexandra Vasnetsova. The woman is well dressed. She is wearing a dress that was fashionable for that time with a checkerboard pattern and buttons, a white scarf with a pattern is neatly tied around her neck. Vasnetsova sits with her hands folded in her lap, dutifully posing for her husband. Her patience and support have always served as a support for the development of the work of the Russian artist.
Painting Yaroshenko Student