Self-portraits are different, they are especially interesting for cubists, who seek to express themselves most fully, not paying attention to the external form, arbitrarily adjusting it to the content. Self-portrait Konchalovsky does not look like them – it is quite simple and in its own way even ordinary.
No extra corners, green noses and unimaginable bends. Just not yet an old man with a mustache brush poses in his own workshop, looking at the viewer good-naturedly and a little surprised, as if not understanding what another person is doing in his studio.
He is wearing a gray hat, a bit crumpled, but worn very evenly, a bright yellow shirt, jacket and pants, which are held on suspenders. His glasses are round, and in general the image resembles the image of a scattered, eccentric professor, loved by students, and not an artist, on which many, many others were equal.
One hand on the belt, in the second hand – a permanent attribute of the profession. On the hat is a black ribbon, which does not look mournful, rather a tribute to fashion. One can see from the face how much the artist did not want to flatter himself, trying to convey himself as he was in the mirror. Slightly sagging folds in the lips, a wrinkle on the bridge of the nose, a neck similar to a turtle – all this is characteristic of a living person, not for a ceremonial portrait.
Placing himself in the world of painting, the artist tries to make it most fully, as if hoping to come back there, among the bright, festive colors, landscapes and still lifes he created, people who are dear to him.
It is pleasant to look at the self-portrait – it leaves the feeling of meeting a good friend, a feeling of peace and an active, good life that the artist lived.
Behind him the canvases – for his life, Konchalovsky painted almost two thousand paintings – neatly attached to the wall, a small plaster figurine of some thinker.
The artist, such as he remained in the picture, is still much ahead.