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Self-portrait with Palette and Brushes in Hand. 1805–1806
56 х 47.1 Oil on canvas Main Building, Hall 8

This work can be considered a precursor for early Russian romanticism. The painter uses a large scale format to give the maximum impression of grandeur. The subject is looking decisively ahead and his face is highlighted with a play of shadows and light. His cloak is wrapped artistically around him and he holds his brushes and palette. The scenic view outside the window and his pose is all intended to suggest that this is a special, supreme being – an artist who has been chosen by destiny. The window is one of the most loved morifs of the epoch, symbolizing the fine line between reality and the unattainable ideal – here represented with a panorama of blue mountains

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Portrait, Self portrait
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