Vasily Polenov (1844 – 1927): The Dragonfly, 1875-1876, Oil

Vasily Polenov (1844 – 1927): The Dragonfly, 1875-1876, Oil

10/21/2021, 12:35:07 PM
Vasily Polenov (1844 – 1927): The Dragonfly, 1875-1876, Oil on canvas, 137,5 x 88,5 cm, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Beside the excellent painting technique, which is immediately noticeable in his works, 'The Dragonfly' shows Polenov's original manner as a portrait painter, achieving to reflect inner worlds; moods of his models, as well as a landscape painter: an artist with remarkably precise vision, he excelled at open air work whilst preserving his innate subtle, romantic qualities. This work from the period Polenov was in France, depicts his model Blanche Ormier, as a pensive young woman, wanders in a street in an Autumn day. The scene is filled with serenity, tranquility, peace and a bit gloominess, as well. This lonesome soul with her guitar-like instrument hanging on her shoulder is likened a dragonfly by the artist! A ten years after its creation, Polenov wrote to one of his friends: "I feel that art should bring joy and happiness - otherwise, it is worthless."

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