“Large lesson”, Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov – overview of the painting

“Large lesson”, Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov – overview of the painting
"Large lesson", Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov - overview of the painting - 1

    • Author: Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov
    • Museum: Tyumen Museum and Education Association
    • Year: 1859

Overview of the painting :

Yarn lesson – Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov. Oil on canvas. 59 x 50 cm

Mid XIX century. Increasingly, artists turn to the image in their paintings of ordinary life of ordinary people. Attracts the everyday genre and Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov, who is studying at the Academy of Arts. Among his early works was this one, awarded a small silver medal.

Peasant house. Sunlight allows you to slightly see the situation inside: a shop covered with canvas, bast shoes hanging on a dark log wall drying clothes on a rope.

An old woman is sitting behind a spinning wheel near a window on a wooden bench. It’s time to teach granddaughter a female craft. Her tanned face, covered with wrinkles, calmly. Old, knotted fingers with swollen veins of the snow-trap thread from the pendant, hands mechanically do the usual work. What does she remember? About their first lessons? On her lips lurks a light, all-understanding smile, her gaze is full of warmth and tenderness.

A little girl clung to her affectionately. In the sun, snow-white skin glows, a light blush on the cheeks, blond hair is cast with pale gold. Beautiful gray-blue eyes look somewhere in the distance, a little sad. Silently she sits, small arms calmly lie on her lap, holding her sleepy kitten with her hands. What she thinks when she listens to her grandmother? It measures adult life, realizing that the time of the games has passed?

The spindle is quietly spinning, winding a flat and strong thread. So life goes from a flowering youth to gray-haired old age. Therefore, the artist uses different colors, portraying his heroines. Calm, dim dark blue shades of grandmother’s clothes, dim terracotta tones of decoration, boring burgundy color of a tied scarf, a simple shirt of a light linen canvas – all this emphasizes the wisdom and rigor of the older generation.

Against their background, the girl’s gray-white shirt, tied with a motley belt, looks pretty and fun. Several rows of small glass beads spill over on the neck. Even a scarf lying on its knees has a festive cherry color.

A very sincere and lyrical picture, filled with love and light sadness, long remaining in memory.