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In 1822, after the establishment of the Society for the Promotion of Artists, Karl Bryullov was lucky to become one of the first retirees of the Society in Italy. Abroad, having visited workshops and absorbed the achievements of the greatest masters of all time, he becomes one of the best painters in Rome.
Karl Bryullov, with his work Italian Morning, presents the viewer with a portrait of a young Italian woman making a morning toilet. The canvas is filled with modesty, femininity, innocence and gentle sophistication. The girl is caressed by the morning sunlight, they obscure the girl's face and chest. She is completely and completely focused on her toilet and does not notice the author.
The background of the picture is darkened, thereby the artist allows the public to clearly see the girl, noting everything to the smallest detail. The young Italian is full of charm and natural beauty: she has full lips, a regular nose, and under her lowered eyes framed by thick and lush eyelashes, one can see black eyes.
Karl Bryullov was able to achieve reliable color combinations, very realistic conveyed the texture of water, the skin tone of the southern beauty.
Due to small details, such as a small shiny earring, the image of the Italian turned out to be attractive and warm. Everyone was enthusiastic about this canvas: first, the Italian, and then the Russian public. It was presented to the Russian Emperor Alexander I. The painting received positive reviews in the Russian journal Domestic Notes and admiration for a galaxy of Russian painters.
Continuing to compare and solve the complex mysteries of nature and man, as well as experiment with light, Karl Bryullov in the wake of the canvas “Italian Morning” will paint the picture “Italian Noon”, which will summarize the long-term searches of the great Russian artist.