A rich Kyrgyz hunter with a falcon, Vereshchagin – overview of the painting

A rich Kyrgyz hunter with a falcon, Vereshchagin – overview of the painting
A rich Kyrgyz hunter with a falcon, Vereshchagin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Vasily Vasilievich Vereshchagin
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1871

Overview of the painting :

A rich Kyrgyz hunter with a falcon – Vasily Vasilievich Vereshchagin. 1871. Oil on canvas. 113 x 72 cm

   The painting was created by the artist in his “Turkestan” period, when he traveled around Central Asia, heading to China. Although military operations against Russians were conducted in this turbulent area, the master was protected by friendship with the head of one of the Kyrgyz tribes, Baitik Kanaev. This man was loved by his people and respected even by enemies, so no one dared touch the artist. The result of his trip was many paintings, many of which gained worldwide fame.

   The canvas depicts the Canaev himself in the image of a rich nomad of that time. Although he sympathized with the Russians, he was imprinted in the traditional conditions of his tribe – in a yurt, with a falcon in his hands. Only very experienced and rich people could hold such a bird and hunt with it, so on this canvas it also serves as a symbol of the status, high position and skill of Kanaev as a great hunter.

   A bright, oriental magnificent and unusual outfit of rich Kyrgyz is striking. These are pants designed for riding and abundantly decorated with embroidery and applause, a motley Central Asian robe, girded with a large light scarf with a colored pattern, a traditional Kyrgyz felt hat and soft leather shoes.

   The hunter is armed with a very long gun and a knife in richly finished scabbard. Behind his belt is a traditional national weaving of raw leather – stone. In the picture, all the details are masterfully and very accurately conveyed, and for all its color saturation, it does not look like a motley. The master was very able to depict the figure of Kyrgyz – he seemed alive, forever frozen in his yurt with a falcon on his arm.