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The painting was painted in 1966 by the Russian artist Konstantin Vasiliev on his mother's birthday. The author is best known for his style, predisposed to Slavic mythology, ancient Russian epics and images.
The artist honed his skills, translating into the canvases the faces and figures of ancient Russians, displaying archetypes, like men and women, with extraordinary precision. One of the works of this nature is The Reaper. This is an image of a delightful blonde beauty, catchy with the depth of her gaze.
The girl leaned against a graceful birch to take a break from hard work, however, in her bottomless gaze, she was not tired at all, but the whole essence of the Russian soul. From her gaze, one can judge the inner calm, peace and harmony of the heroine. However, it is worth noting that she is looking directly, confidently, without looking away, thoughtfully. The girl is represented by a harsh warrior capable of protecting herself, her family and homeland. The picture seems to tell the viewer about the balance, the order in the eyes of the girl.
Did the creator deliberately understand such deep intricacies of the Slavic worldview and way of life? It is difficult to judge this, but one can confidently say that Vasiliev felt this intuitively, unconsciously. He certainly felt the picture he was painting, and knew what he was writing about. The author liked to depict the image, culture, and not a specific person.
The Reaper must be watched for a long time in order to see what message the artist put into it. The picture is fascinating, conveying the atmosphere of Slavic life and life. We can safely say that each work has its own soul, character and unique author's style - in a way, these canvases will always remain alive.
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