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The Woman in the Window (The Paymaster's Wife). 1841

Tropinin Vasiliy,
Oil on canvas
87,5 x 68

State Russian Museum


The Woman in the Window, one of Tropinin’s best-known works, was written under the spell of Mikhail Lermontov’s poem The Tambov Paymaster’s Wife. If a certain domestic flavor is inherent in other of Tropinin’s portraits, in the The Woman in the Window this easy sincerity takes on an erotic flavor. Gazing upon this enchanting woman, one can’t help but recall Lermontov’s lines. where he describes the beautiful wife of the old gubernia paymaster Bobkovsky:
And she was born, 'twould seem,
For passion’s tender sighs.
Were fairer than her eyes
The sky’s azure, the turquoise’s gleam?
That nose! Those lips! They’re two
Rose petals kissed by dew!
Those teeth so pearly white;
That voice so sweet, as in a dream!

Author's Biography

Tropinin Vasiliy

Tropinin, Vasily Andreyevich
1776, Karpovo (Novgorod Province) -1857, Moscow
Portraitist, genre painter, landscapist, draughtsman. Serf of Count Minich and then Count Morkov. External student at the Imperial Academy of Arts (from 1804). Called home by his owner, worked as a serf painter in the Ukraine and Moscow. Freed from serfdom and nominated to the Imperial Academy of Arts (1823). Academician (1824). Mostly worked in Moscow, influencing the Moscow school of painting. Painted portraits of such contemporaries as Alexander Pushkin and single-figure genre compositions. Contributed to many exhibitions in Moscow and St Petersburg.

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