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Rubens, one of the most prominent representatives of Flemish painting, which, among other things, represents Baroque, is known not only for its religious and mythological paintings, but also for its magnificent portraits. This work of art is made by oil on wood, from which the picture looks especially natural and picturesque.
The artist depicts a portrait of his second wife, who in the end turned out to be his last true love, despite the fact that she was his niece's first wife. As they say, “all ages are submissive to love” in this way, the difference between them was 37 years. The whole portrait is filled with high feelings, such as unbridled happiness, which is associated with a certain degree of excitement and responsibility, which is associated with the happiness of motherhood. From the faces and images, the portrait shows their spontaneity, ease and relaxation.
Thus, the picture is full of naturalness and vitality. But, despite all the quality of the work and its aesthetics, any attentive viewer can easily notice that the picture is not finished, because it has several unusual strokes of the author. This is evidenced by the third hand, which, most likely, should have belonged to the third child, but for an unknown reason, the work was not finished.
The strokes are very measured, despite the wide writing technique, thanks to this there is no distinct outline, and clarity is achieved through the play of glare, light and shadow.
At the same time, some incompleteness of the picture does not interfere with its general perception, due to which the master’s technique is famous, which combines the uniqueness and quality of execution, which distinguishes the picture of this artist from all similar works, which somehow cannot compete with the works of the great master.
Scene 3 Bogatyr Vasnetsov