T. Shevchenko during his life drew a lot of his self-portraits. Not all works have reached our days. One of the most famous and early self portraits is the work created by the artist in 1840. Work on canvas, painted in oil, in an oval. Self-portrait Shevchenko one of the first works written in oil.
The painting depicts a young artist and poet. The romantic image was created in blue-green tones, with the addition of red. This work is influenced by Karl Brullov. The picture is not complete.
It is noteworthy that Shevchenko did not try to embellish himself. He painted his self-portraits realistic.
In 1840, Shevchenko was still studying at the Academy of Arts, in St. Petersburg. Shevchenko’s friends helped him, bought him out of serfdom, and now he is studying at the academy.
This self-portrait depicts a young, 26-year-old poet and artist. The open face of the artist looks at the viewer. Dark hair opening forehead. A slight smile plays on the lips. The look says a lot. Here and the sadness of the experienced times, being a serf, and the expectation of a better fate.
A raised chin speaks of the stubbornness and perseverance of a person. The face of Taras Shevchenko is illuminated by the rays, and he is depicted on a dark background. Youthful look, waiting for a happy future. The look is still a little gullible. He still does not know that he is waiting for interrogations, prison, prohibitions to write and draw. Now he is free and ready to create. All difficulties are waiting for him later, and now he is inspired and ready to work.
Of course, from the canvas of other self-portraits, another person looks at the viewer who has experienced difficulties.
This unique ability, to convey the feelings and thoughts of a person, the talent of the artist to express his thoughts on the canvas, is not inherent in everyone. Taras Shevchenko was able to convey his thoughts and mood in the first self-portrait, and in subsequent works.
Now the self-portrait of 1840 is in the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko.