Another master of the portrait and a Russian artist of Ukrainian origin is Borovikovsky Vladimir Lukich. His pen belongs to a lot of portraits, but our attention was riveted to a portrait of Catherine Nikolayevna Arsenyeva. It was written in 1796. The author’s great talent was not only his ability to accurately convey facial features, but also to show the character of a person on canvas.
Looking at the portrait of E. N. Arsenyeva, we see a young woman, about twenty-five years old. Her expression indicates a good mood. She is happy with herself and with her life. She is very confident and proud. The beard is raised high, the chest is put forward. But with all this there is no arrogance. She is just beautifully posing for the author. His face is calm, his lips are compressed, his cheeks are flushed. Neck and neckline are not closed, and we can see a bright beautiful skin. Also the naked arms are crossed before themselves. On one hand a beautiful ornament in the form of a bracelet, and in the other, Catherine holds a yellow apple. She is wearing a very beautiful dress with a light, almost transparent material. On his head is a beautiful wicker hat, from under which golden curls fall on his back.
The portrait was drawn on the street, as it is seen that the girl leaned on a stone, and behind her a beautiful view opens. On the one hand, the green of the trees, and on the other a beautiful lush sky. Against this background, Ekaterina Arsenyeva looks even more lively and beautiful. Her lips curved in a soft, playful smile. Dark eyes look very coquettish. And her whole figure attracts her gaze.
Looking at the picture “The Portrait of E. N. Arsenieva” by Vladimir Borovikovsky, it is clear how vividly he portrayed the girl herself and already more subdued colors painted a rear view. So, even more it seems to us that this is a living person who sits in front of us and is about to say something. Such a realistic image is inherent in VL Borovikovsky.