Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky is a bright representative of one of the most outstanding families of the 19th century. His father was the founder of the Moscow School, and his older brother was a well-known wanderer. Love for painting manifested quite early. Cloths K. E. Makovsky can not be called outstanding and taking for the soul.
Unlike his brother, he is completely devoid of the desire to delve into the vicissitudes of social struggle. He can be considered a well-established “salon” artist, among whose works there are mainly portraits of his friends and acquaintances.
Far from the realistic ideas of the world that are characteristic of his elder brother, Konstantin Makovsky devotes most of his career to the Russian state of the 17th century. The artist is attracted by the rich painting of the royal chambers, luxurious robes embroidered with gold and pearls.
Particularly noteworthy is the painting entitled "Family Portrait". The painting was created in 1882; canvas and oil were used to paint it. The main characters are the wife of the painter Julia Pavlovna Letkova with children. The family is depicted in a relaxed, but at the same time not devoid of aesthetic beauty and even luxury, atmosphere. The young woman is dressed in a white lace dress, her dark hair is laid in a beautiful hairstyle, her eyes are wide open, her eyes are focused on the artist himself.
Her right hand rests on her knee, her left hugs a fair-haired little boy in an expensive silk suit. The child look directly and openly, his body is relaxed, he watches with curiosity what is happening at the easel.
A little away from the cute group is a girl dressed in an expensive dress. She does not show proper attention to what is happening, enthusiastically examining something that is behind the backs of her mother and brother.
Creating "Family portrait" the artist hardly adhered to the desire to create a realistic image. Heroes are clearly embellished, the surroundings are made more attractive.
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