Painting by Gavrilov “The Last Cornflowers”

The painting “The Last Cornflowers” by Vladimir Nikolayevich Gavrilov became for us now a model of a classic still-life.

The main object of our consideration is a bouquet of juicy cornflowers. Outside the open window, right in front of us, spreads the field of ripe wheat. Birds black dots fly over the ears, and in the distance we see thickets of dark green trees, whose color signals us about the oncoming autumn. The end of the summer tells us and another bouquet, located on the right side of the still life, opposite the open window. Here the inflorescences are presented in bright red tones, close to the bard color with a small fraction of the orange petals on top of the others.

These flowers rest in a small pot on a wooden stand, more like an open book or an ecclesiastical analogue. It should be noted and the vessel in which the cornflowers are placed. As we can see, there is an ordinary small saucepan in front of us. The theme of fertility and readiness for the onset of autumn is literally sketched by an invisible counterpoint in various elements of the work.

The room itself as a whole has warm tones, which tells us about the apparent wealth and abundance of the inner world of the author of this work. At the first cursory glance at the picture, two primary colors are thrown into the eyes – yellow and blue-blue. This combination of colors reminds us of the Ukrainian flag. Here, the symbolism of the elements of light and water, blue of the firmament and yellowness of the field, which is already ripe and ready for harvest, is hidden.

The theme of the countryside was one of the main lines of the artist’s work. Written in 1970, the painting is picturesque to this day, “The Last Cornflowers” seem to invite us to visit our native village spaces. And, if we are ready, we can safely set out on a journey.

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Painting by Gavrilov “The Last Cornflowers”