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"Portrait of Pavlov" has two versions. The first of them was published in 1930, the second (which will be discussed) in 1935. The second version received the greatest recognition, as a result of which it was sent to the Tretyakov Gallery.
Nesterov painted paintings on various topics. But he paid great attention to religion. He worked in many monasteries, which influenced his persecution by the Soviet government. After he was released, the artist switched to painting portraits. He did not make them to order. And he painted only his close friends. One of them was not lucky to be academician Pavlov.
Friends long persuaded the artist to draw a portrait of Pavlov, but Nesterov refused in every possible way. He did not see the point in capturing this man. But even more he did not consider himself so professional as to go to such a level.
However, in 1930 the persuasion took its toll. Nesterov moved to Leningrad to draw an academician. Pavlov was sitting on his veranda of his house at the time of painting. It was a hot summer day. It was fresh on the veranda.
The academician is serene at the table and is looking off into the distance. This was a little contrary to his real image. After all, Pavlov, as the artist later wrote, was distinguished by restlessness, energy and a good sense of humor.
After this event, the artist and academician became friends, and then Nesterov often visited Pavlov’s house. Over the next few years, the artist painted a number of portraits, which led him to the idea of creating a new canvas with the image of an academician.
This time, Pavlov posed for the artist for only two hours in the morning. For the best effect, the academician had a conversation with one of his employees at the time of painting. So his image came out sharper and closer to reality.
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