Congratulations to the young in the house of the landowner, Meat-eaters, 1861
- Author: Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1861
Overview of the painting :
Congratulation of young people in the house of the landowner – Grigory Grigoryevich Masyoedov. 1861. Oil on canvas. 96 x 123 cm
The genre paintings of the great Russian artist are always colorful and multi-figure, and this canvas is no exception. It depicts the usual episode for that time from the life of rural landowners of the era of serfdom. They influenced all spheres of life of their serfs, and here the young were brought into the master’s house to receive a blessing.
As in the rest of the artist’s paintings, the image is extremely realistic, and all the details of the situation at home, the faces and outfits of the figures are written especially carefully, thoroughly and thoroughly. In the canvas, in the literal sense, you can study the life of the Russian village of the second half of the century before last.
On the canvas, representatives of the landowner’s family are clearly separated from the peasants. The latter crowd in the doorway, not daring to go further into the rooms. Gentlemen with different facial expressions look at the kiss of young people – the head of the family – with interest, the young man is bashful, but most likely, flirtyly closes with a book, only the young lady cursed and gulped.
Although most of the figures in the picture are dressed in dark outfits, a look involuntarily stops at several characters. The lady in white with a blue air dress, the village kid in a “paradise” pink shirt and the bride herself in the red robe traditional for this area – they all involuntarily attract a gaze with a master pattern of fabric and finishes.
The picture is very interesting with both the plot and the realm of execution – this is a kind of photograph of events that have long sunk into oblivion.