Serov was the most objective portrait master. In any person he found something interesting. The artist was able to plunge into the inner world of his hero.
In this case, the painter every time managed to reveal the identity of each person. He created a series of portraits of his contemporaries. Heroes differ not only in character, but also in social level. For his creations Serov managed to find the perfect composition. But he never repeated.
In 1890, writers, actors and artists became the models of the most famous painter. The artist liked to notice the special manifestations of the individuality of the creative nature. He seemed to be experiencing opportunities and was eager to change his style.
In the portrait of Levitan there are no details that would indicate that we are an artist. We see a rather dark background, brown shades. Painting rather dry. As you know, Levitan was inherently disappointed. He was constantly sad. He was completely absorbed by the special secret of the nature of Russia. It seemed that he did not live entirely on earth.
The artist’s face was dark. A pensive sadness lurked in her eyes. But this sadness is striking special grace. Serov creates a real masterpiece. Every smear is not accidental. He says that the artist’s soul is truly beautiful. This is not just a painter, but a true poet. This longing is gorgeous. It intoxicates every viewer as if he inhales a wonderful scent of gorgeous flowers.
This longing is akin to Byron. Thanks to a special melancholy, pictures of the art of the era of romanticism arise in memory. Levitan’s hand fell powerlessly. This item is not random. Serov refers us to the portraits of Bryullov, which he created in the era of late romanticism. But the painting of realism is extremely sober. We feel protocol accuracy and we understand that Serov portrays a certain person who just casually reminded us of the hero of the times of romanticism.