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  • Portrait of Count Nikolay Guryev

    Artist:
    Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique. 1780-1867
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    107x86 cm

Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique. 1780-1867

Portrait of Count Nikolay Guryev

France, 1821

This portrait is one of the best works of Ingres. Nikolay Guryev (1792-1849) fought on the Russian side in the war against Napoleon in 1812 and from 1818 was in the diplomatic service, going on to represent his country as ambassador at The Hague, Rome and Naples. The portrait was painted during his stay in Florence, which Ingres was also visiting. Count Guryev, who took a wedding journey with his young wife, came to Italy in the autumn of 1820. The work was painted in the traditions of Western European formal portraiture in the age of Mannerism. Without idealizing Guryev's somewhat unattractive appearance, the artist nonetheless emphasizes his innate elegance and aristocratic manners. The Count stands static and imposing against a distant mountain landscape. Typical neoclassical features - pyramidal composition, graphic precision of forms, the smooth, enamel-like surface of the painting - combine easily in this portrait with hints of Romantic tendencies, in the emotional tension of the colour contrasts and the gloomy, thundery sky, which creates a distinctly unsettled feel.

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Portrait of Count Nikolay Guryev

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oil

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107x86 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1922; handed over from the State Museum Fund; originally in the A.N. Naryshkina collection

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ГЭ-5678

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