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One of the most famous Russian artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev, began his career as a portrait master, and ended up as a painter of various genres. He worked hard for the theater, and this hobby clearly affected the artist’s talent.
In 1906, Kustodiev wrote a deeply lyrical and bright work “On the Terrace,” which is currently kept in the Nizhny Novgorod Art Museum. The material of the picture is canvas and oil, the dimensions are about a meter per meter. If not for the special subtle sensuality of this masterpiece, then he would hardly have stood out among other, much brighter paintings by Kustodiev.
The work is striking in its realism. The viewer thinks that he became an involuntary witness to a quiet family meeting, most likely, even an ordinary dinner in a country house. Summer greenery of the background gives an occasion to feel the warm breeze swaying the white curtains of the open window.
The lightness of family members' robes, the light shades of clothes and tablecloths - all create the impression of an airy scene. A silent meeting gives peace and tranquility. The wooden house here becomes a symbol of the hearth, and the yellow polished samovar, around which families have always gathered, emphasizes homeliness.
All Kustodiev’s work is saturated with love for the people and people, and this work is no exception. Light shades, a good composition. “On the terrace” shines with vitality, love for the hearth.
Small children and caring adults, hot tea on the table and good weather - that's all you need for a relaxing evening in the circle of those closest to you.
Of course, it is not difficult to guess that the artist depicts his own family, and not random heroes. Here are his wife, children, sister with her husband and a nanny in the atmosphere of their usual evening.
Aivazovsky 9 Val Picture