Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Portrait of Count Nikolay Guryev

Portrait of Count Nikolay Guryev
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Author: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Portraiture, Painting, Oil on canvas, 107x86 cm
Origin: France, 1821

Nikolay Guryev fought on the Russian side in the war against Napoleon in 1812 and from 1821 was in the diplomatic service, going on to represent his country as ambassador at The Hague, Rome and Naples. This portrait was painted during his stay in Florence, which Ingres was also visiting. Without idealising Guryev's somewhat unattractive appearance, the artist nonetheless emphasizes his innate elegance and sense of his own merit. The painting observes the conventions of the Western European official portrait, and Guryev stands static and imposing against a distant mountain landscape. Typical classical features - pyramidal composition, graphic precision of form, 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.

Style: Neo-Classicism
Source of entry: via the State Museum Fund from the collection of A. N. Naryshkina, Petrograd, 1922

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