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When an artist portrays people far from the theory of art, this is customary. But if the brush master is to take up work on the portrait of a colleague of a painter, the ability to impress a colleague is worth a lot. Such is the picture of V. A. Tropinin: on it the Russian sculptor of realism and romanticism painted a ceremonial portrait of K. P. Bryullov.
At the end of 1835, having completed the European journey, Karl Bryullov calls in the Russian capital. Moscow met the native painter with magnificent cultural receptions. As for his compatriot and friend for his passion for fine art - Vasily Tropinin, his fame as a terrific portrait painter went beyond the borders of the country and was already known to our visiting artist.
Having honored the attention of local aristocrats and other art lovers, Bryullov already in 1836 went on an acquaintance to Tropinin’s creative workshop.
The result of conversations between two lovers of heart painting was a fruitful friendship. Vasily Andreevich adopted some of the artistic skills and techniques that exist in Europe. The main fruit of their partnership is a beautiful canvas - a portrait of K. Bryullov.
The artist painted a colleague in a beautiful suit. A black jacket, a snow-white shirt underneath and a tied fluffy bow are elegant clothes of the intelligentsia of that time. With the right hand, the one depicted holds the brush, and with the left - the ajar folder with canvases. The master seems to us attentive and always ready to work on the next masterpiece.
The background of the painting occupies an antique landscape. This is a kind of echo of the famous canvas of Bryullov about the death of Pompeii: stone ruins and a flaming peak of the volcano.
Karl Pavlovich looks at the audience with dignity and nobility. The painting reflects the author’s grateful pride in his friendship with such a famous and beautiful painter and his involvement in a single business of capturing reality to perpetuate moments.