1878 hair

This portrait of a Russian woman, though not as accomplished as the portraits by the masters, shows the mixed influence of the artist's model. The wreath attachment is a symbolic "crown" of glory. The long, untreated hair is that of the peasant woman or the industrial worker. But she has taken the step of quickly assembling her top hair in order to fashion a style that will be suitable for the portrait. Her bent back and passionless face is a reflection of the anonymous artist's limitations. He appears to be recreating a mythological being by using a living model, as she wears what appears to be a toga. The hairstyle is much too nineteenth century to portray the essence of a Greek or Roman goddess. 15hqqy.

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