Russia and the Arts- The age of Tolstoy and Tchailovsky- National Portrait Gallery.
This was a small and very engaging exhibition of portraits. As Julia Donaldson said in her introductory essay to the B.P. Portrait Award 2014,(National Portrait Gallery) ” A face is of course much more than a set of features; it is, or can be, a fascinating character map”. This could be said of many of the portraits in this exhibition. For example the portrait of Tolstoy captures his ‘anxst’ and his emotional intelligence.
The portraits each seemed to insist that the viewer spent time looking – and being such a small exhibition this was very possible – even so I just concentrated on a few. As the label by the Rubenstein portrait pointed out the painting captures his drive and dedication to his art.