Russian genre painting "Shepherd" school of Alexei Gavrilovich Venetsianov. Canvas / oil 36Х49cm. Unknown master of the Venetsianov school.
The painting depicts a shepherd lying on a whip in the shade of a tree and having fun with a dog. The herd is abandoned, bliss, fun and laziness attract him. The pastoral serenity of folk life is the optics of idealizing Venetsianov and his school. Romanticism in folk costumes. Nevertheless, as a shepherd boy, he has no power over the dog and over him there is a symbol of the power of fatal forces - a tree. The blows of fate broke off the branches and exposed the roots. It is here an example of the will of another power. In the meantime, the shepherd boy picturesquely stretched out in a diagonal in the picture, in all the attributes of peasant life, a shirt embroidered with red, faded blue trousers, a high hat and crochets on his bare feet.
Typologically, the shepherdesses of the Venetian school, in addition to the antiquated pastoral, also carry the metaphysical contemplative pause characteristic of romanticism. In this case, these functions were delegated to symbolic objects, and the artists close attention was shifted to the costume, the details of ethnography, which speaks of the Western European influence on the author.
Painting "Life of St. Seraphim of Sarov" from the cycle of paintings by Mikhail Nesterov, dedicated to the great hegumen of the Russian land. In the lower right corner is the signature of M. Nesterov. The plot for the author was taken from the life of the saint, written by his faithful disciple Epiphanius.
The Central Russian landscape with a majestic forest and a quiet river is full of peace and tranquility. The figure of Seraphim of Sarov is depicted on a low forest hillock, against the background of a wooden chapel located in a forest thicket; Sarov Hermitage. It was in these forests that the main miracles of the saints life took place. Reconciliation with animals - feeding the bear by hand. Feat of pillar-domination - for 1000 days on a boulder. Forgiveness and humility before the robbers who nearly killed him. Nourishment from "forest" - the gifts of the forest. -unity with nature. Universal recognition and love. Visit by Alexander I. Construction of the Sarov monastery.
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