The portrait of Natalya Nikolaevna Pushkina (nee Goncharova) by Alexander Pavlovich Bryullov is perhaps one of the most famous images of this captivating secular beauty. For a long time this picture was kept in the writer's family, and only in the twentieth century was transferred to the museum of his memory, where it can be seen today.
The composition of this airy watercolor is simple: Natalya Nikolaevna is depicted in a white ball gown just below the waist. No background details distract from the contemplation of her figure, the background of the model is only curls of air or clouds, only emphasizing its unearthly charm.
White, light gray and pale cream tones prevail, they are only slightly diluted with individual bright details, like long earrings with blue stones in the ears of a beautiful woman. The dark hair and piercing brown eyes of Pushkina are all the more noticeable. Her curls are laid in a high hairstyle, which allows you to freely admire the beautiful outline of the face, slender neck and white full shoulders.
The portrait shows a married woman, but she seems young, playful like a girl. In the crafty gaze, mockery, leprosy is noticeable. As Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin himself wrote about this image in a letter to his wife: I kiss your portrait, which seems guilty of something. In fact, both the pose, and the tilt of the head, and the facial expression of the model, perfectly conveyed by Bryullov, tell the viewer not about power dignity. This young coquette seems ready now to fly out in a waltz with a suitable gentleman.
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