In 1915, Stanislav Yulianovich Zhukovsky showed the world a wonderful and very atmospheric picture - Easter still life. It is also interesting because it allows us to imagine the life of a not wealthy aristocrat of the time when the revolution was already knocking on all doors.
It must be that Zhukovsky not only wanted to demonstrate to us the modest splendor of the celebration, but also to make us think that everything in this life is transient and outgoing, because after only two years the owners of this wonderful room will celebrate Easter at best somewhere abroad.
The painting is striking in its verisimilitude and brilliance - oil paints by Zhukovsky’s talented hand create an atmosphere of festive comfort and warmth. The artist shows us only part of a beautiful, but judging by the cramped setting, small room, the central place of which is occupied by a festively decorated table.
The atmosphere that prevails on the canvas was conveyed by the talented poet Ivan Yesaulkov: the Easter table is almost ready for reception ... and the truth, the main dishes - Easter cakes and eggs - ... red cakes - lie in the foreground ... and Easter cakes beckon with air mass ... are waiting for their guests, and those are probably already somewhere close, on the threshold, in anticipation of a festive dinner.
Light has long been eagerly wandering ... - despite its cramped space, the room is filled with light and air, which Zhukovsky sought to convey in every stroke. It seems that you do not look at it, but you yourself are in it and can touch the cutlery, sit on a draped sofa, wait for guests from the Easter liturgy and invite them to the table.