A handsome, romantic young man looks at us from the picture “Guessing”. This was the vision of Vasily Kuzmich Shebuyev, whose glorious life and creativity left a notable mark on Russian painting. During his stay in Italy Shebuev painted the picture “Gadanya”, which has little in common with academic techniques.
The artist portrayed himself in a 17th century costume, reminiscent of the costumes of aristocratic characters in Van Dyke portraits, at a time when a street fortune teller predicts, as legend says, glory upon returning to his homeland. The picture is not finished – the
The artist’s appearance is romantically idealized, but in itself the attempt to give his portrait in a purely genre environment is interesting and speaks of realistic searches for the artist.