The painting by Victor Borisov-Musatov “Date in blue” (“Woman in blue”) was created in 1902, made in a mixed technique – pastel and watercolor.
Genre – portrait.
Style – post-impressionism.
In another way, like a lunar portrait, this picture can not be called. Blue and blue shades in combination with light tones fill the picture with refinement, cold mystery and mystery. In the center of the picture – the figure of a woman. Her eyes are half-closed, her head is lowered, dark curls with blue light reflected on them fall on her shoulders, her hands are limply dropped. Aristocraticism emphasizes the vintage dress with wide sleeves, trimmed with lace. On the chest is a brooch made of blue stone on a snow-white necklace.
In the whole image of the ladies – sadness, loneliness, some apathy, indifference, fatigue. The image reveals the memory of lost happiness and hopes. There is no hint of struggle and the desire to achieve anything. Dreams of a new meeting, faith in the best fades away with the moonlight. Powerlessness is emphasized by a gentle, as if carved from stone, profile, limply chin chin, tired posture.
Refinement is seen in every detail of the picture: the face of the lady, her figure, lace on the clothes, echoing the lace pattern of the leaves.
The whole picture is permeated with blue and blue, symbolizing mysticism, mystery, purity and nobility. Emptiness, serenity, silence and chastity emphasizes the white color. There are very few dark shades – only hair and shadows on the dress. Bright, fresh flowers are not at all. It seems that the face should be a soft light red or pink shade. But no – the lips and cheeks as if molded from wax.
The lyricism and poetry of the work touches the viewer’s heart, casting melancholy and sadness.
The work is stored in the State Tretyakov Gallery.