“I have someone else’s happiness,” Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov – overview of the painting

“I have someone else’s happiness,” Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov – overview of the painting
“I have someone else's happiness,” Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Author: Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: 1865

Overview of the painting :

The happiness of others is Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov. Oil on canvas. 72 x 89 cm

   Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov was and remains one of the famous masters of the domestic genre. Interested in the real, everyday life of ordinary people, subtly implying their feelings and emotions, he conveyed everything he saw on his canvases.

   The picture has a simple plot: a meeting of two friends. A room filled with light in a rich house – gray-blue silk flickers on the walls with delicate overflows, on a fireplace decorated with sculptures there are caskets and a gilded candelabra. The purple curtains fall with soft folds, the lamp burns by the icon in the corner with a small light.

   On a elegant table covered with tablecloth, a silver teapot and milkman sparkle merrily, a patterned cup stands on a silver platter. A lyrical, cozy picture, but, holding your eyes a little longer, you feel how the feeling of peace and quiet leaves.

   Sunlight divides the room into two parts. Well lit by the sun, sitting on the couch mistress in a magnificent white dress and lace cap. Smiling affectionately, she carefully adheres to the curly white-cooked baby. Her whole appearance breathes love and tenderness.

   Opposite her is sitting on her friend’s chair, hopelessness is felt in her pose. The sun’s rays only glide over its figure, illuminating the velvet skin, pour in dim gold in the heavy folds of the silk skirt, and deep blue jacket is shaded with bright azure spots.

   By baking her cheek, she admires her mother and child. But sadly her face, a thoughtful look gives regret to unfulfilled dreams. Only a small fluffy kitten quietly lies at her feet.

   Two such different fates of young women in front of us – one glows with the joy of happy marriage and motherhood, and the other is full of disappointment and bitter loneliness.

   The picture gives rise to feelings of sadness and empathy. Nevertheless, tender, painted colors filled with pearl light give hope for future happiness and the belief that dreams can still come true.