At the end of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century, during a period of significant changes in Russian cultural life, many artists sought inspiration for their work in the origins of the Russian people, turning to the motives of Ancient and Medieval Russia. Those were Boris Kustodiev, the Vasnetsov brothers and a number of other prominent artists.
Among them was Ivan Silych Goryushkin-Sorokopudov (1873 - 1954), who became famous at the beginning of the century as the author of a number of paintings on scenes from Russian history of the 16th - 17th centuries. Him in 1908 - 1910. illustrations were made for the books “In the Forests” by P. I. Melnikov-Pechersky and “Prince of Silver” by A. K. Tolstoy.
In the painting "Kiss", written in the 1910s, the painter again turns to the historical theme. The image of a couple in love, merging in a passionate kiss against the background of a dark green garden, is filled with bright and clean colors. Both the poses and facial expressions of the heroes shine with happiness and a strong faith in a good future.
In “Kiss”, Ivan Silych reflects the richness and fullness of the soul of the people, the poetics embodied in the everyday and cultural traditions of Russian antiquity. The painting was highly appreciated by contemporaries of the artist and took its rightful place in the collection of Russian painting; Now it is stored in the Penza art gallery, in which the memorial museum of Goryushkin-Sorokopudov was created.
Whitening Canvas Serebryakova