Painting by Venetsianov “Peasant children in the field”

Alexei Venetsianov is a famous Russian painter. Amazing is the fact that without having received an art education, he managed to become an influential artist and even create his own direction in painting. Peasant life was of interest to artists before, but it was Venetsianov who began to portray the peasants with love and affection. The life of the peasants, their hard work, the master transfers in detail to the canvases.

One of the paintings of Venetsianov peasant theme “Peasant children in the field.” The plot is simple, unpretentious, represents the usual daily situation – two girls bring a lunch, working in the field to a shepherd. On the canvas in front of the viewer is a summer day. The classic rural landscape stands before the eyes: the luscious green of the field, stretching out into the distance, the horizon line, overgrown with trees, and a gently-blue, almost transparent sky.

Children’s figurines are written large, they are close to the

front frame of the canvas. Children are dressed poorly, but neatly and cleanly: light gray clothes are girdled with a thin girdle, on the girls’ heads there are scarves of blue and bright blue flowers. Obuty children in simple bast shoes. Attract and fascinate the viewer relationships between children, clearly visible tenderness and love. The eldest girl timidly, with constraint stretches bread to the shepherd. The second girl standing behind, gently hugs the other by the shoulder and puts her head on it. In the hand of the girls are baskets, which speaks of their tireless work and helping their parents. The expression of their faces is serene.

Also calm and the landscape around, he seems to breathe serenity. Only a few sheep from the herd break this silence. Despite the usual nature of the events described on the canvas, and their regularity, the whole picture leaves an unusually warm impression, with its lyricism it penetrates right into the soul. The painting, painted in the 1820s, is kept in the St. Petersburg Museum.

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Painting by Venetsianov “Peasant children in the field”