Stopped N. Poussin on this understanding of antiquity, which is most reflected in his landscapes, where the protagonist was the nature and manner of its existence - the harmony of . Slutskaya EA Prince Nikolai Yusupov: theatrical career and life drama In paintings, VA Serov in the Russian Museum is usually crowded. No one will pass brilliant portrait secular beauty, exquisite position on the sofa in his elegant office. Next to her portraits of three men: an officer in a white tunic, proudly seated on a white horse; 16 are over the young man with the dog in his hands and a handsome young man with an arrogant and stern face. VA Serov lot of trouble on a series of portraits of the Yusupov family. With passion he was working on a portrait of Zinaida: "... nice princess, it all very praise, and the truth, there is in it something subtle, good ... she even know ..." the artist wrote in July 1900. Love for animals moved close to the artist Felix, the youngest son of Zinaida (after a few years he will go down in history as the assassin of Rasputin), VA Serov wrote in a letter dated August 12, 1903: "... less has been written, or rather took the good. Prince (Felix Sr.) is modest, wants the portrait was likely a horse than him - quite understand. " Elder Nicholas was closed in conversations not intervened and posed very reluctantly. In the same letter, the artist said: "But the oldest son failed ...... turns out that I can not quite write treasury portraits - boring." And two weeks later, in August 27, 1903 Serov wrote: "Two portraits are almost ready. Prince on the horse and his younger son. The princess is also seems to be bad. Today comes the elder - that's hard with him - especially as he was very reluctant to pose ". Known another author's evaluation of this portrait, "Portrait of Nikolai Yusupov not immediately successful. It did not even grab capricious expression on his face ". However, a subtle portraitist VA psychologist Serov saw only one side of a multi-faceted and contradictory nature of the young prince.