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Description of the painting by Ilya Mashkov “Strawberry and a white jug”


Ilya Ivanovich Mashkov Russian (Soviet) artist of the twentieth century. All his work is a confirmation of the wide Russian soul. We know more than one thousand of his paintings. These are portraits, subject-themed works, landscapes and, of course, still lifes.

Still life "Strawberry and a white jug" was written in the last years of the life of Ilya Mashkov (1943). Throughout his work, the painter painted his paintings in different directions: avant-garde, post-impressionism, Fauvism, etc. And only at the end of his life and career did the artist strive for realism in his canvases.

Mashkov’s canvases became more clear to the inexperienced viewer. Now ordinary people see in pictures the beauty of the world without hyperbole and hidden meaning. There is an opportunity to evaluate the artist’s skill in terms of his accuracy of brush strokes and the use of chiaroscuro.

Looking at the canvas “Strawberry and a White Jug”, the viewer experiences positive emotions. The painting depicts the gifts of summer. The year was fruitful, as the artist describes the abundance of summer berries.

Large, juicy strawberries are scattered randomly on the table and are the “main characters” of this still life. Also on the table there is black and white currant, which adds additional colors to the canvas. Raspberries are lost among other berries. And of course, the canvas depicts a white jug. The viewer certainly feels that he is filled with something, perhaps it is water or milk. The white jug fits perfectly into the artist’s still life. It complements the harmony of the picture and completeness.

The background of the picture is made in beige and brown tones. The poor environment and table decoration indicate that this is the house of ordinary peasants rejoicing in the fruits of their hands and the generosity of Russian land.





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