A girl picking grapes in the vicinity of Naples, Brullov

A girl picking grapes in the vicinity of Naples, Brullov
A girl picking grapes in the vicinity of Naples, Brullov - 1

  • Posted by Karl Pavlovich Brullov
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1827

Overview of the painting :

The girl picking grapes in the vicinity of Naples is Karl Pavlovich Brullov. 1827. Oil on canvas, 62 x 32.5

   Brullov’s first trip to Italy had a significant impact on the artist’s continued work. The leisurely rhythm of life, the warm climate and acquaintance with the work of the founders of European art – it is not surprising that the style of the Russian painter has undergone a significant transformation.

   From the first days of his stay in Italy, Brullov is fond of genre scenes, one of the most famous is the painting “The Girl Collecting Grapes in the Area.”.

   The measured course of life behind its usual work can be joyful, bright and beautiful – the artist proclaims. A young girl with a flexible bed stretches behind a branch of grapes. Her movements are like a whimsical dance – her hands are raised up, and the collector herself rose to her socks. The semblance of dance is emphasized thanks to the friend of the main character. She settled down right on the steps. The head of the second girl rests on the watermelon, and in her hands she holds a large tambourine, with which she kind of accompanies the skilled dance of a girl collecting grapes.

   An attentive viewer will certainly notice the ever-repeating motive in the picture – this is a figure of a circle. Watermelon, tambourine, donkey flooring, the bottom of the bottle in the wicker basket – all this is a circle that emphasizes the cyclicality of peasant life. In addition, thanks to this end-to-end leitmotif, the canvas itself acquires integrity and harmony.

   In the excellent color in the overall color of the picture, Brullov appointed a red – red captive bandaged camp of a girl who harmonizes with a rim of the same color. The white color, which prevails in the robes, was also given great importance – it reflects the bright radiance of the joyful Italian sun.

   The picture, which in theory reflects hard daily work, in the end, Brullov turned out to be bright and joyful. And as if you can catch the barely audible silver sound of an ungiped musical instrument, under which a fragile girl puts ripe clusters in her basket, gracefully curved in a dance pair.