L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i
Sunday, August 7, 2016
One portrait - Ivan vasilyevich Markov, Governor of Mogilev, by Feodor Tulov, circa 1837-38
To my way of thinking, this is a perfect portrait. Precise, elegant, insightful, both grand and intimate. And quite surprisingly modern in its directness and the austerity of the pictorial plane; it's almost starkly beautiful. And for the artist - it must be said that the little known Tulov was a wildly inconsistent painter - this is certainly his masterpiece.
Stephen O'Donnell, painter and singer/performer. A mid-career fine artist, I have been showing professionally since 1995. Married to author and graphic designer Gigi Little, with whom I occasionally perform a mother and daughter singing act, Madeleine and Penny Prévert.