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Taras Shevchenko

Encyclopedia of the life and works



Taras Shevchenko loved to paint his self-portraits and drew them throughout life. The vast majority of his paintings "framed" by portraits of 1840 and 1861. Notably, all self-portraits are very realistic, Shevchenko does not attempt to provide a better, grander, more romantic image than he was in life.

In this series we included only self-portraits, those genre pictures, where Shevchenko among characters draws himself, given in the total set of his works.

In this series we have also included photographs of Shevchenko and his lifetime portraits by other painters. We understand the difference between these images and self portraits, but because, first, these images a bit, and secondly, some photo samples served for Shevchenko's portraits (as noted in the corresponding comments).