Baba in the cart, Serov, 1896

Baba in the cart, Serov, 1896
Baba in the cart, Serov, 1896 - 1

  • Posted by Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1896

Overview of the painting :

Baba in the cart – Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov. 1896. Oil on canvas. 48×70
   One of the most ambiguous and underestimated paintings of the great master. Only at first glance does the picture seem simple, even boring. It is worth a closer look at her carefully and the author’s idea, his thoughts, begins to open.

   A thin horse, harnessed to a heavy cart, barely wanders. The most inexplicable in the picture is the tangible slow movement that the author managed to convey.

   Baba in the cart is thoughtful, sad. This thoughtfulness fills all the work with a unique atmosphere. The master cost a lot, modest means, a minimal set of colors. Despite this, the contemplation of the autumn landscape against the background of work encourages the viewer to reflect on the transience of life, on difficulties and difficult times. The road itself, full of bumps and stones, is suddenly filled with symbolic meaning. Time seems to slow down. The work fascinates the viewer, reveals the real talent of the author, his brilliant idea.