Vasnetsov created his first “Self-portrait” in 1873. The master of the brush was very serious about writing any portrait image, he was sure that there was no need to invent anything in the portrait, you just need to fully see the person. So he created a self-portrait in his vision of himself.
The canvas was painted at the time when the author was twenty-five years old. From reproduction, a slightly sad young man with a neatly trimmed beard looks at us with a stern look. Dark blond hair is well framed with a bony, slightly thin appearance. Tense cheekbones cheeks emphasize the pallor of sunken cheeks. But you need to pay attention that this is not a sign of some kind of weakness or fatigue, because a strong young man is looking at us from the canvas. There is something thoughtful in the portrait, emphasizing the depth of the inner world of the artist.
Very well emphasized the master and his vocation as an artist. This is evident from the clothes he is wearing. The artist’s brown cape highlights the figure against the dark background of the canvas, and the knit bow, peeking out from under the snow-white collar of the shirt, gives creativity to the costume. This neatness indicates the accuracy of the artist.
I must say that the image of the master, who is looking at us through the years, at the same time has a certain self-sufficiency and restraint. From his confident gaze it is clear that this man is a noble and wise master of painting. Good gray-blue eyes and light blond beard complete the bright appearance of the great artist.
It seems that the soul of this person is like a songbird, which is locked in a cage and covered with some kind of cloth. We cannot see her, we cannot hear her amazing voice, but we are greatly amazed at the ineffable inner natural beauty that is hidden behind an invisible cape.