The picture “Family Portrait” was written by Peter Konchalovsky in 1912 in the city of Siena. The whole family of Konchalovsky is present on it: the artist, the wife and the children.
Konchalovsky wrote “Family Portrait” on one of the days when the family had already come to terms with frequent trips. In a short time, they visited Siberia, Spain, Italy, France… During his travels, the artist was engaged in writing sketches and walking through museums. He was constantly surrounded by children and wife.
The room in the “Family Portrait” is associated with the monastery refectory. And they hint at this bare walls, a small amount of food and clothing of the artist, which is like a monk. In general, the canvas resembles wall murals that are present in Italian monasteries. This idea was expressed by the artist himself. According to his observations, people are constantly sitting in the Italian room as if they are going to pose for a mural.
In addition, in Siena, the artist spent a lot of time studying the frescoes of the Renaissance. Hence the influence of the old masters on the artist.
The portrait is made in primitive colors, like most Italian frescoes. Despite this simplicity, the image looks alive. A chair that looks like a purple spot on the canvas is no accident. Someone accidentally put it on that place, and Konchalovsky recognized that the chair literally grows into the portrait and merges with it.
After the “Family Portrait” the artist begins to work on a series of paintings in realistic painting. He has been experimenting for a long time: confronts real objects with painted paints.