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“Portrait of Rastopchina” - a pair with a portrait of her husband, and is a peculiar opposite to him. The husband of Mrs. Rastopchina was a fussy, talkative, noisy person. He was a collector and writer, for some time he was elected as the Moscow governor, and was the soul of the company, easy-going and fun. His wife, on the contrary, was not too talkative and liked to listen to inner silence more than human conversations.
In the picture, its essence, its quiet, gentle nature is conveyed simply superbly. Unpretentious dark background does not attract attention. A simple home dress of a woman does not distract from her face, which, like foam, is surrounded by lace on a blouse and a bonnet. It is not very young, it is a face. Light skin, dark, attentive eyes, a slightly upturned nose, lips on which there is no smile - Rastopchina hardly attracted the herds of young fans, but she did not need it.
In the absence of external beauty, spiritual light is hiding, because of which the face looks spiritualized and beautiful. Inner harmony with itself is visible in the gaze, in the pose. As if catching on a call, did the man call her, or something hiding in her soul? - She stretches slightly forward.
Also in her slightly pursed lips, in eyes that look trustingly, openly, one can see the readiness for suffering. To History with a capital letter. To something that could happen. A certain potential, talent of an actress or singer, maybe, or, perhaps, just the ability to deep, pure, moral feeling fills her with hidden awe. Willingness to respond to the right note.
Perhaps it was such a note that woke her once. During her travels in Germany with her husband, Rastopchina adopted the Catholic faith. Probably, she found in her precisely that strain, that correctness, to which she was able to exert the strength of her soul.
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