A girl with a licentious scythe, Kram – overview of the painting

A girl with a licentious scythe, Kram – overview of the painting
A girl with a licentious scythe, Kram - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1873

Overview of the painting :

The girl with the licentious scythe is Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya. 1873. Oil on canvas. 57 x 48 cm

   The second half of the 19th century was marked by the emergence of a new theme in painting – the image of a person in the disease, his wilting, martyrdom and the last days. However, one should not see only a deep tragedy in this plot, on the contrary, artists conveyed here the finest nuances concerning both external and, most importantly, internal changes.

   Kramskaya went further than his contemporaries, he was not interested in the social side of the issue, in the dying face he saw only peace and tranquility. Such a person was not interested in poverty or other earthly problems, and therefore the artist should not care. “A girl with a licentious scythe” is one of the most famous works on this topic. The picture is in a lyric-dramatic mood.

   The composition is solved diagonally – the light falls on the girl’s tired face, allowing him to be considered even more carefully. It should be noted that despite the torment, pallor and sadness of the heroine, she is beautiful.

   Kramskoy felt insightfully that only in such a boundary state, a person is able to look inside himself, fencing himself off from the everyday bustle, and under the influence of physical torments, he is able to discover unprecedented power to emotional beauty – this subtle moment and should be noticed by the artist. The painter created by him was very fond of the painting, and until the death of Kramsky, his wilting maiden with her hair loose did not leave the workshop of the painter.