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At this time, Lermontov was just in exile. He created a vivid self-portrait.
We see a man dressed in the uniform of a regiment of dragoons. Characteristic red collar, spectacular epaulettes, cloak and invariable checker. Lermontov portrayed himself knee-deep. A cloak is thrown over one of his shoulders. Right behind it is the virgin nature of the Caucasus. It is practically not registered. One can only guess the outlines of the majestic mountains and the grand sky. The combination of gray and pink tones is really impressive.
The poet wanted to hand this self-portrait to the woman he loved. Her name was V.A. Lopukhina. He gave her his creation in 1838.
Lermontov portrayed himself very similarly. But contemporaries were surprised by the hairstyle. They were sure that the poet did not wear hair like that. But it is quite possible that in the Caucasus the poet could afford such liberties.
The colors of this watercolor are impressive. They are as natural as possible. Lermontov skillfully uses shades, creating truly tangible features. He paid maximum attention to the image of his face. Before us is a young man who is already wise by his great life experience. His head is slightly turned. Facial features are correct. In the eyes you can read the hidden sadness and secret thoughts that do not leave the poet. He is looking into the distance. What is he thinking about? It’s hard to guess.
Maybe he is striving to contemplate his own experiences. His thoughts are concentrated on the past, and his gaze is fixed on the future.
Lermontov was able to create a truly lively portrait. He captured himself as he imagined himself. He was able to express hidden thoughts, inexpressible sadness and tragedy. The poet was able to convey the softness of his soul and incredible kindness.
Before us is a living person with his experiences, aspirations, dreams and desires. It is precisely this, most likely, that we represent the poet by reading his poems.
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