Leo Tolstoy with a family in Yasnaya Polyana

The artist is Pasternak

Pasternak was the first illustrator of the novel „Resurrection “and a number of other works of the writer. In the picture „L. N. Tolstoy with his family in Yasnaya Polyana “He created a complete penetration of the image „Great Elder “In everyday life. The light of the table lamp reveals part of the living room of the manor house and the figure of its inhabitants – his older daughter disgraces his father’s mail, the writer’s wife comfortably settled with the sewing nearby. He himself sits at a distance in a comfortable position, carefully listening to reading. His head with a familiar sales beard looks expressive against the background of a light wall. The picture is built on the harmonious unity of man and an emotionally interpreted environment, perceived as a spiritual „Portrait of “inhabitants. Here the fragmented composition itself causes the effect „habituality “, multiple repeatability of the situation, and dynamic, „Flowing “Pastel’s smears create a feeling of atmosphere of spirituality. Thanks to this, the impressionistic group portrait becomes an important document of the intellectual life of Russian society in the early twentieth century. (AT. To.) Russian portrait. XX century. SPb. 2001. With. 70.

Tolstoy Lev Nikolaevich (1828–1910)-count, writer, corresponding member of AN (1873), Honorary Academician (1900). (E. To.) Russian portrait. XX century: St. Petersburg, 2001. With. 49.

Two options “L. N. Tolstoy in the family ”(both – 1901, oil) and the pastel of the same name (1902–1903) are stored in the State Museum L. N. Tolstoy, Moscow; Option “l. N. Tolstoy in the family circle ”(oil)-at the Museum of the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg.

Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828–1910), his wife Sofya Andreevna (1844–1919) and daughter Tatyana (1864–1950), in the marriage of Sukhota.

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The artist’s work was formed under the influence of the philosophical ideas of Tolstoy. The artist moved away from the tradition of portraying the writer at the desk… Work is built on a harmonious unity of man and an emotionally interpreted environment.

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