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This is one of the best paintings by Orest Adamovich Kiprensky. Thanks to this invaluable work, the author of the work founded a romantic movement. The masterpiece was created in 1809. A year earlier, the artist had just started writing his work. Still young, but fairly well-known in his circles, the painter took up writing a portrait of a boy of 12 years old. At the beginning of next year, the picture was presented to the public, and she appreciated it.
It was Orest Adamovich in his work that was able to fully depict a children's image. Many artists also created portraits of children, but they were all depicted older. Kiprensky was able to convey not only the exact age of the boy, but also his entire depth of the child's soul. Success awaits not only the author, but also his sitter. The boy will enter the Page Corps, will take part in the war, but all this later.
The painting depicts a naive boy who, like all his peers, wants to become an adult man as soon as possible.
The boy depicted in the portrait exudes calm. Kindness and peace. He won the hearts of many viewers with his naivety. His large, dark eyes shine with love for the world around him. Puffy, scarlet lips are about to blur in a smile. The boy has thick, dark, disheveled hair and a round, pretty face. If you look at the portrait for a long time, you can immediately imagine the picture: the boy was very tired of posing and, at the slightest opportunity, would break loose and run away to play with the same boys as he was.
If you look closely at the picture, you can see dreams in the eyes of the boy, but they are no longer childish, as they were before. These are dreams of the future. The boy is not completely naive, as it might seem at the beginning, he is smart and educated, with a strong, strong-willed character. His image is mysterious and unpredictable overnight.
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