1823, shortly after his arrival in Italy, Bryullov wrote “Italian Morning”. The painting is exhibited at the exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. “Morning” brought him wide fame. The picture won everybody – the Italian, and then the Russian audience, members of the Society for the Encouragement of Artists and, finally, Alexander I, whom the picture was donated to. “The Italian Morning” is on display at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Emperor Nicholas I favored Brillov’s diamond ring.
A girl, washing under the streams of a fountain, penetrated by the sun’s rays, airy-light, is perceived as the embodiment of the morning itself, the morning of the ascending new day, the morning of human life.
The painting “Morning” served as the beginning of the genre compositions of the artist. It was the first attempt to study real life. While working on the painting, Bryullov wrote to the Society for the Promotion of Artists:
“I illuminated the model in the sun, suggesting lighting from behind, so that the face and chest are in the shade, and reflect from the fountain illuminated by the sun, which makes all the shades much more pleasant in comparison with simple lighting from a window “.
Brullov’s problem of lighting, that is, studying nature in a natural environment, spoke of the realistic aspirations of the artist.
Bryullov sincerely got carried away with the work on the picture, giving it a lot of inspired creative minutes. Referring to his first work, written in Italy, to the Society for the Encouragement of Artists for Creative Report, he wrote to PA Kikin:
“I dare to entrust my child to your patronage, which the cruel debt of honor to the Society could only wrest from my embrace”