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Konstantin Alekseevich Korovin was born in the family of a wealthy Moscow merchant. He entered the Moscow School of Painting at the age of fourteen, later tried to study at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, but did not finish it - he did not like teaching methods. In addition to the artist's active work, Konstantin Alekseevich worked in the theater. On his account as numerous scenery for various performances, as well as sketches for stage costumes.
Passion for decorative art also affected painting - the author made many of his paintings flat, devoid of volume. A great influence on the work of Korovin had a trip to Paris. In this city, he became acquainted with the work of the Impressionists and Symbolists.
Painting Paper lanterns stands out among other works of the artist with deliberate brightness, colorfulness and juiciness, enhanced contrast. The canvas is very elongated in height, which allows you to comfortably place a human figure on it, without clogging the space with unnecessary details. The canvas depicts a young woman in a bright red sweater and a long dark skirt, flowing loose folds.
The model was the future wife of Konstantin Alekseevich, Anna Yakovlevna. Tall and elegant, the heroine lights multi-colored Chinese lanterns. Blue, orange-raspberry and pink - each flashlight has its own, unique color. It seems that the artist specifically tried to collect in one picture as many dissimilar colors as possible. Together with the richly scarlet shine of a satin sweater, the lanterns create a deliberate contrast between the calm light of the twilight sky in the background and the dark foliage green, forming a cold shadow. Emphasized decorative, this work also has explicit references to the scenic scenery of Korovin.
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