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Description of the painting by Dmitry Levitsky “Portrait of Suvorov”


Date of writing - 1786. Tropinin and Moscow artists of his time, Moscow.

The author created the portrait of the great generalissimo, according to some information, from memory, using the rumors and impressions of people who saw Suvorov. Alexander Vasilievich refused to pose, citing employment.

The artist specifically abandoned the character’s image in full growth - this allowed the viewer to shift his attention to the personal qualities of the person being depicted, without being distracted by the parade paraphernalia corresponding to the status of an important person. The reduced size brings Suvorov the human closer to the viewer, allows him to better understand him, feel his mood, thoughts, feelings. The author was amazingly deeply able to convey the inner essence of the brilliant commander.

In the portrait, Suvorov appears before the public in an not quite familiar appearance. Numerous descriptions of his appearance, left by contemporaries, for a long time cemented recognizable features in the descendants' memory: short stature, thinness, swiftness in movements, perky crest of hair, on the side - a sword, over his head - formal standards.

Levitsky shows another Suvorov. A middle-aged man in a traditional wig, camisole, tied with a sash is looking at the viewer from a portrait. On the chest - the only order of the huge number of awards granted to the great commander in different countries of the world. On the side, in the right corner of the canvas, a sword is slightly noticeable - the only attribute that gives out the character’s military “specialty”.

The Generalissimo performed by Levitsky is a middle-aged man who is beginning to gain weight with an attentive, smart look. Suvorov's eyes are unusually attractive. They read the feelings of a person who has lived a lot and experienced at least a lot. Despite his greatest military talent and worldwide fame, Alexander Vasilievich remained an ordinary person, conscientiously performing the business he served.





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