The wide panoramic canvas belongs to the brush of the Russian Soviet artist, known for his ability to create a bright, rich world in his paintings - Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev.
The work of art was created in 1910, when the health of the painter has already begun to deteriorate rapidly. However, the more difficult it became to hold the brush in a weakening hand, the more cheerful and sunny his work became. The canvas depicting a holiday in the village fully illustrates such a paradox.
A plot scene from village life on a holiday is depicted. This picture is a little different in character from the usual large-scale festival Kustodiev, reckless wide Russian fun. Probably, the peasant festivities in honor of the engagement, or the last moments before the wedding festivals, are depicted on the canvas. Such events usually occurred in the fall, after harvesting harvest, which is confirmed by yellowed trees in the foreground.
On a large canvas of a panoramic plan fit several groups of peasants engaged in various activities. On the left side is a harnessed cart around which several people have gathered. They are likely to discuss the upcoming event, consult, and solve everyday issues. Not far from the cart on the grass there was a group of children with their simple amusements.
Near the hut in the center, on a bench brightly lit by the last warm rays of the autumn sun, dear guests were graciously settled down. One of them is a priest, without whose presence in the village not a single major event was dispensed with. The entire right side of the panorama is occupied by a group of peasant youth.
The girls dressed in bright formal dresses, the guys shine with polished boots and rehearse dance and half-piece melodies to harmonies. It can be seen that the artist depicted a rich village - the peasants are well-dressed, even, well-kept huts, in a dense row, as if stuck to each other,
A feature of the picture can be called the lack of an explicit compositional center, which focuses attention. Conventionally, it is only possible to separate the first, near plan, on which the figures of people are located, and the distant plan - at the top of the picture, where the painter with a thin strip indicated darkening fields that go to the horizon. There is not a single dark gloomy spot on the canvas, nothing darkens the festive, elevated tone of the event.
The canvas evokes warm, bright feelings. He pours joy and happiness on the viewer, transfers warmth and tranquility.
"Village holiday" is kept in the State Russian Museum, Moscow.
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