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“Poor Lisa”, Orest Adamovich Kiprensky - description of the painting

“Poor Lisa”, Orest Adamovich Kiprensky - description of the painting

Poor Lisa - Orest Adamovich Kiprensky. 45 x 39 cm.

The plot of the picture is inspired by the famous work of Karamzin with the same name. The picture was painted 30 years after the release of the novel and has a different character - romantic, with a touch of grandiloquence and a certain manner.

The painting depicts a portrait of a young girl, almost a girl in whom it is difficult to guess the peasant woman. Everything is symbolic in the image - her robes of the most delicate pearl white and pink color are intended to emphasize the innocence of the girl, and the flower in her hands is a symbol of the first naive and touching love, cruelly trampled upon by an unfaithful lover. By the way, in the novel Lisa collected and sold lilies of the valley, and on the canvas she holds a simple marigold, or tagetes (in some descriptions this southern flower, also known as the black-billed, is described as a clove).

The delicate colors, carefully prescribed details, the smallest folds of the heroine’s shirt, her expressive face, slightly touched by a blush, the position of her head - all these are romantic techniques designed to emphasize the girl’s naive freshness. But the era of Karamzin irretrievably passed, so the canvas does not depict the tragic moment of Lisa's suicide, but her portrait as a symbol of an innocently ruined young life. The impeccable skill of the artist will forever retain in our memory the image of poor Lisa.


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