The work of Vladimir Tatlin “Sailor” in fact – this is an autobiographical portrait. At the age of 14, Vladimir ran away from home and got a job working as cabin boy on a ship. Year young man sailed in the Black Sea.
In the portrait we see a young man. In the background, the artist placed two small figures of sailors and a cannon. The contour has a rigid and concise line, subtly outlining the figure. We can judge the rapid drawing of the painting on the application of liquid paint very tightly – there are not painted over fragments. To say that this self-portrait can look at the inscription on his cap – the word guardian is written with an error. The letter “And” turned upside down, as if it was written in a mirror image.
Self-portrait is slightly naive, but executed with feeling. Tatlin with warmth recalled the time of his service on the ship.
The canvas is written in tempera. Due to this, the picture does not hurt the eyes, has a velvety structure. In order for the sailor to be in the foreground, Vladimir Tatlin made the background plan specifically monochrome. He painted the main image with yellow and blue colors.
The picture was written under the influence of Mikhail Larionov. Vladimir Tatlin was a wide range artist. He was fond of the problems of material in art. He argued that visual perception can not fully convey the result of artistic work. The views of the artist Vladimir Tatlin had a strong influence on the work of other artists and designers around the world.
The last years of his life Tatlin worked mainly in the theater, as well as in the genre of easel painting.