“Hatva”, Zinaida Evgenievna Serebryakova – overview of the painting

“Hatva”, Zinaida Evgenievna Serebryakova – overview of the painting
"Hatva", Zinaida Evgenievna Serebryakova - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Zinaida Serebryakova
  • Museum: Odessa Art Museum
  • Year: 1915

Overview of the painting :

Zhatva – Zinaida Evgenievna Serebryakova. Oil on canvas. 142 x 177 cm

   Wonderful art work was written by Z.E. Serebryakova! The painting “Hatva” was created before the October revolution in the style of realism.

   Before the October Revolution, Zinaida Evgenievna worked a lot on paintings and etudes, portraying Russian peasant life on them. It was one of her favorite topics. She was attracted to these features, coupled with their difficult lives, and creativity carried a certain incentive. The work was written in the native village of Neskuchny.

   In the foreground are paintings – the gold of the fields and the exposures of the blue sky, against the background of which four peasants are depicted, resting after labor in the field. They gathered together, stand, sit, talk. Each of them is busy with their own business. The artist was posed by girls from her village: Martha, Marina, Anna and Katerina. She loved the Russian people, their suffering and aspirations, strong spiritual strength and faith in a happy future.

   Two of them stand, looking at each other. One holds a rake with a knit of ears under his arm. The other has a barrel of water behind him. In hot times, clean, spring water quenches their thirst. A third girl holds a rat with steam milk in her hands. Fourth – cuts bread. That’s the whole peasant breakfast!

   In the work of Zinaida, Evgenievna used bright saturated colors of yellow and orange. They blend perfectly with green and tender blue tones. The plot is depicted on a hot, sunny day against the background of a high horizon line. In the background are paintings depicted village houses and a rural church.

   Peasant meal in the field gives the composition a special uniqueness. There are no men in field work, apparently called up for military service, where they bear their duty to their homeland. Women work without them. They are strong, strong in body and spirit. Their tanned bodies and clothes are in perfect harmony with the red-gold color of ripe ears, filling the picture with extraordinary warmth. From the peasants blows sunlight. They seem to be pierced through them and carry love and good into the world around them. Their earthly characters are blessed! Zinaida Serebryakova vividly conveyed in her artistic work the physical and spiritual beauty of Russian women.

   A magnificent masterpiece gives a pleasant experience! It is filled with divine warmth and tenderness, charges the audience with favorable energy. The picture heals from anxiety and depression, strengthens immunity, stimulates intellectual abilities. She looks great in the home interior of the living room and study room.