Karl Bryullov. Italian noon, 1889

Painting Italian noon by Karl Bryullov – happiness and harmony everyday

Karl Bryullov. Italian noon, 1889
Karl Bryullov. Italian noon, 1889

Italian noon is one of the most famous paintings by Karl Pavlovich Bryullov, a genius Russian portrait painter.

The plot of the work is simple: a girl, standing on the stairs, collects grapes.

She saw an appetizing ripe bunch and admires the bounty of nature. Lush berries, poured with juice, echo the appearance of the heroine: the beautiful Italian woman is also experiencing the heyday of her feminine beauty, under the sultry rays of the sun she seems to glow from the inside.

The artist masterfully conveyed the emotional state of the beauty: the viewer feels genuine joy and surprise in her big brown eyes. This simple girl knows how to be happy, finds beauty in ordinary things, lives in harmony with the world around her.

Title of the painting: “Italian noon”.
Author: Karl Bryullov (1799-1852).
Year of writing: 1827.
Size: 64 x 55 cm
Style: Romanticism.
Genre: Portrait, genre genre.
Technique: Oil.
Material: Canvas.
Location: Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.

Karl Bryullov is a prominent figure in Russian romantic painting of the first half of the 19th century.

Many of the master’s works were painted in sunny Italy, where he lived for several years. The color of this country inspired the artist to create a number of wonderful works. The painting “Italian noon” was conceived in conjunction with the “Italian morning”, written in 1823 and donated to the wife of Nicholas I.

But if the first work was greeted with enthusiasm by society, then the portrait of a girl with a bunch of grapes received less flattering criticism. The reason was the lack of, in their opinion, the sophistication of the model, which did not meet the academic canons of beauty.

However, time put everything in its place. “Italian noon” today is a universally recognized masterpiece. His reproductions, lithographs, mosaics, embroidery are always popular.