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T. Not all works have survived to this day. One of the most famous and earliest self-portraits is the work created by the artist in 1840. Work on canvas, painted in oil, in an oval. Shevchenko’s self-portrait is one of the first works written in oil.
The picture shows a young artist and poet. The romantic image was created in blue-green tones, with the addition of red. In this work, the influence of Karl Bryullov is felt. The picture is not completed.
It is noteworthy that Shevchenko did not try to embellish himself. He painted his self-portraits realistic.
In 1840, Shevchenko still studied at the Academy of Arts, in St. Petersburg. Shevchenko's friends helped him, redeemed from serfdom, and now he is studying at the academy.
This self-portrait depicts a young, 26-year-old poet and artist. The open face of the artist is looking at the viewer. Dark hair opening forehead. A slight smile plays on the lips. Glance says a lot. Here is sadness from past times, being a serf, and the expectation of a better fate.
A raised chin indicates stubbornness and perseverance. Taras Shevchenko’s face is illuminated by rays, and he is depicted on a dark background. A youthful look awaiting a happy future. The look is still a little gullible. He still does not know that interrogations, a prison, and prohibitions on writing and drawing await him. Now he is free and ready to create. All difficulties await him later, and now he is inspired and ready to work.
Of course, from the canvas of other self-portraits, another person who has experienced difficulties is already looking at the viewer.
This unique ability to convey the feelings and thoughts of a person, the artist’s talent to express his thoughts on canvas, is not inherent in everyone. Taras Shevchenko was able to convey his thoughts and mood in the first self-portrait and in subsequent works.
Now a self-portrait of 1840 is in the Taras Shevchenko National Museum.