Portrait of musician M. Yu. Vielgorsky by Karl Bryullov

Portrait of musician M. Yu. Vielgorsky by Karl Bryullov

One of the first large portraits of Bryullov was the depiction of the musician M. Yu. Beilgorsky in 1828. The composition of the portrait of Vielgorsky is marked by decorative features. The coloring of the portrait, in which the red color of the robe, lined with blue silk, dominates, is a vividly pronounced – the upright theatrical posture of the musician, solemn gesture conducting a bow over the strings of a cello.

But through all the conventions of the portrait, a living feeling of inspiration bursts through the heart of the musician. In his guise, there is still the tension in the inner world that

distinguished the early portraits of Bryullov. Shifting his brows, his lips tightened, Vielgorsky listens to the sounds of the cello. But already there is some severe restraint in the expression of his face, which is emphasized by a tightly tied around his neck a handkerchief.

Disappeared spontaneity of impulses of early portraits of Bryullov. They were replaced by the seriousness of a man, wise with life experience. Bryullov remained a satisfied portrait, as he informed his brother-instructor – Fedor Bryullov. “I have already written a portrait of Count Vil’egorsky, this rare genius in music, with oil paints, a portrait of a knee in height with a cello, was not stupid.” “M. Yu. Vielgorsky also praised him.” Matvei Y. Vyeligorsky came, says that a portrait of him, written by Karl, is Perfection, that it is an inexhaustible genius, “wrote Fyodor Bryullov to his brother Alexander. Matvey Y. Vielgorsky, a skilled cellist, a pupil of Bernhard Romberg, arranged for himself quartet meetings. He took part in the establishment of the Imperial Russian Music Society.

He authored a few plays for stringed instruments, for one and two cellos, etc. He bequeathed his valuable music library to the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Mikhail Lunin, Decembrist, one of Beethoven’s brilliant performers, recalls Matvey Yurevich’s play: “Matvey sent for his instrument and became It was music, we did not know where we were in heaven or on earth: we forgot everything in the world. ” Matvei Yurievich did not have his own family, and he helped his elder brother in the upbringing of his children. Mikhail Yurevich was not peculiar to practicality, he was anecdotally scattered, and Matvei Yurievich led the economic and financial affairs of the family. He had the rarest collection of stringed instruments: five of them – the work of Stradivarius.

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