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P. Sokolov is known as the first Russian artist who decided to paint a portrait exclusively in watercolor, and laid the foundation for a new genre in Russian painting.
For the first half of the XIX century, the actions of P. Sokolov as a portrait painter were truly progressive, as a result of which the artist was repeatedly invited to paint portraits of famous personalities who lived both in the Russian and French courts.
Of particular note is the portrait of Yulia Pavlovna Sokolova, nee Bryullova, who became the artist's wife in 1820. Julia Pavlovna was the sister of the famous Russian painter Karl Bryullov.
The latter was extremely unpleasant with the choice of a sister who decided to marry in incomplete 16 years. Bryullov sincerely believed that Sokolov made an offer to his sister in order to take possession of her considerable dowry. Naturally, this was not so. P. Sokolov was very fond of his wife, whose portraits subsequently adorned more than one private and public collection.
The best of all portraits was painted in 1827. According to the son of the artist, a portrait of his mother was painted by his father in the early morning. It took only one day to give the portrait a finished shape.
The portrait is painted in light colors with watercolors. Unlike many portraits of previous eras, the background is also chosen light, not reflecting anything and allowing you to fully focus on the beautiful features and decoration of the depicted woman.
The girl in the picture is depicted in a sitting position in a bent pose. Her one arm is bent at the elbow and rests on the countertop, or chair, to understand exactly what exactly is impossible due to the blurry edges of the portrait.
On the girl’s hand is a beautiful bracelet with a huge ruby-colored stone, she is dressed in a pastel-colored dress, a white shawl is thrown over her shoulders. The girl’s ears are decorated with large hanging earrings, brown hair is tucked away under a cap, whose ornate curls give the portrait a certain romance.
The girl’s gaze is straight, her eyes are wide open, she gazes intently and thoughtfully towards the viewer. The portrait of Sokolova is considered to be perhaps the best of all that came out from under the brush of the artist.
Boyar Morozova Surikov