The first version of this self-portrait was hung in the State Russian Museum (1811). The self-portrait genre, was not very popular in the I8th century, but became more widespread in the I9th century. Self portraits by many of Venetsianov’s contemporaries are now well know – O.A. Kiprensky, A.G.Varnek, K.P. Bryullov, and A.O.Orlovsky amongst others. The artists tended to portray themselves in a poetical, "sublime" manner but this self-portrait by Venetsianov is more austere and “grounded” and is a far more realistic portrayal. The artist in no way embellishes himself; in fact if anything he looks much older than his thirty years. His palette and brush - the usual attributes of self-portraits - are not represented here as symbols of "genius" or a "darling of the gods", but simply as signs of his professional vocation which in those days was largely considered simply a job which happened to be a craft. The discreet olive gamma reflects the restrained character of the image. Venetsianov was given the title of ‘appointed artist’ for this portrait, which, in effect gave him the right to produce works as an academician. At the rime this was a rarity as the art of self-portraiture was not, at the time held in very high regard in the Academy of Arts
December 30, 2017 (Saturday) - the exhibitions are open for visitors as usual.
December 31, 2017 (Sunday) - the exhibitions are open for visitors:
- The Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushinsky Lane (Main Building and Engineering Building) and the New Tretyakov - until 18.00 (last admission until 17.00).
- Apollinary Vasnetsov Memorial Flat and Victor Vasnetsov Museum - until 17.00 (last admission until 16.00).
January 1, 2018 (Monday) - exhibitions are closed for visiting.
The Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushinsky Lane (Main Building and Engineering Building) and the New Tretyakov are open for visits from January 2 to 7, working hours as usual. January 8 - day off.
Apollinary Vasnetsov Memorial Flat and Victor Vasnetsov Museum are open for visits from January 3 to 7 as usual, on January 8 and 9 - day off.
Congratulations on the upcoming holidays and we are waiting in the halls of the Tretyakov Gallery!
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