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Description of the painting Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin “Our Lady of Tenderness of Evil Hearts”


Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin, without a doubt, is one of the most famous artists. This Soviet and Russian painter made a great contribution to the development of graphics, painting and pedagogy. In 1930, Petrov-Vodkin was recognized as an honored artist. His paintings were influenced by many foreign artists. The artworks bear the imprint of Art Nouveau and symbolism. Throughout his life, Kuzma Sergeyevich created many portraits, still lifes and thematic works.

The artist gained significant experience in religious images earlier, while painting the walls of the church at the Orthopedic Institute in St. Petersburg. Then the master took part in decorating the walls of the cathedral, located in Kronstadt. The temple in Sumy is also painted with his hand. Church activity influenced the perception of Petrov-Vodkin. In 1915, he finished work on the image of the mother of God in the image of a simple peasant woman breastfeeding a child. The canvas was called "Mother".

"Our Lady of Tenderness of Evil Hearts" was created by the author during the First World War in 1915. Its name echoes the concept of icon painting of the Russian Orthodox Church “Softening of Evil Hearts”. The canvas bears the imprint of the war events that are tragic for the country and people. Despite its relatively small size, the painting is a monumental example of painting. The mother of God on the canvas covered her head with a red scarf. Her palms carry comfort and blessing.

On the left side of the picture is the silhouette of the Virgin and Child. Right - Jesus Christ at the cross. An alarmed, reverent, compassionate image is one of the strongest such masterpieces that affect the emotions and feelings of the viewer.





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