• Portrait of Sophia Naryshkina

    Artist:
    Winterhalter, Franz Xaver. 1806-1873
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    150x114 cm

Winterhalter, Franz Xaver. 1806-1873

Portrait of Sophia Naryshkina

France, 1858

Franz Winterhalter, despite his German birth, achieved his greatest fame in France, where he became one of the most fashionable painters of royalty, the aristocracy and society. Here his sitter was Sophia Naryshkina (1832-1877), wife of the Russian Chamberlain Konstantin Naryshkin. The figure is placed to accentuate the smooth line of the naked shoulder, while the natural but elegant gesture of the sleek arms and the sharp contrast of dark burgundy and lemon-yellow in Naryshkina's attire give her a grandiose elegance. Winterhalter is here seen to be not only skilled at posing his sitters to create almost theatrical compositions, but also as a virtuoso in the art of conveying the texture of fabrics, furs and jewellery, to which he paid no less attention than to the face.

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Portrait of Sophia Naryshkina

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oil

Dimensions:

150x114 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1920; handed over from the State Museum Fund

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-5800

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