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Self-portrait 1853

Taras Shevchenko. Self-portrait 1853

Taras Shevchenko. Self-portrait.
[Novopetrovsk fortification] [1851..1853]. Paper, Sepia.

Self-portrait was known by reproduction in the journal "Proceedings of Kuban area study Society" (1913, vol. IV, between the pp. 48 49), indicating that this picture was the size of paper mail. Poor quality of hardly retoushed reproductions prevent to determine the date of self-portrait by comparing it with other Shevchenko's portraits, while in exile. Some similarities of this self-portrait with Shevchenko's depicting in sepia Bayhushes, executed in 1853, and the fact that Shevchenko sent this self-portrait as gift to Ya.Kukharenko April 22, 1857 , were the basis for establishing the wide date of the picture: 1853 22.IV 1857.

At the time of printing of this volume [1961], when reproductions of Shevchenko's works of 1851 1853 years had already been implemented, among the documents belonging to Helena Pchilka was discovered toned photograph showing the original of the same self-portrait (Institute of Literature AN USSR, Kyiv, f. 1, 872). High quality photo, where are well transferred the image itself and its implementation techniques, allowed to compare the self-portrait with other Shevchenko's portraits from years of exile, as a result of its specified date: 1851 1853 years, and together set its undoubted affinity to self-portraits made by Shevchenko in Orenburg (see B. Butnyk-Seversky, In the creative laboratory of the artist, "Ukraine", K., 1963, 12, p. 10 11).

Previous storage: property Ja.G.Kukharenko, A. J. Kukharenko.

Current storage is unknown.

Reproduced by photograph of the Institute of Literature AN USSR, Kyiv.

I.M. Verykivska

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1964, v. 9, 37 (image), p. 25 (notes).