Morning. Kupalshchitsy, Petrov-Vodkin – overview of the painting

Morning. Kupalshchitsy, Petrov-Vodkin – overview of the painting
Morning. Kupalshchitsy, Petrov-Vodkin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Petrov-Vodkin
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1917

Overview of the painting :

Morning. Kupalshchitsy – Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin. 1917. Oil on canvas. 161×129 cm

   “Morning. Kupalshchitsy ”- a picture that brings all the style features of the letter of the outstanding Russian artist Kuzma Petrova-Vodkin. Incredibly harmonious, whole and, so to speak, very beautiful in painting, she is deprived of any eroticism, although she represents the audience with a naked mother and child.

   The figures on the canvas are clearly and large, so they almost touch the edges of the canvas. The plot is simple and ordinary – the mother leads her son’s hand to swim. Their images are imbued with chastity and tenderness. The faces of all the characters in the picture are restrained, and inspired. Critics like to repeat that, re-creating female characters in his work, Petrov-Vodkin sought to visualize his attitude towards the Russian woman as a whole. And the personal representation of the master can be described as pride, admiration and worship, so it is not surprising that often the heroines of the painter are called the Madonna.

   In addition to the composition, which is distinguished by a certain “circumcision” characteristic of the artist, the picture attracts attention with both color color and the nature of the image. The image of the heroes cannot be called flat, but he also lacks the volume. Color has a huge expressive power – blue, green, white, golden and, of course, red, which is always accent in the master, are skillfully arranged on the canvas.

   Without embellishing, Petrov-Vodkin managed to create ideal images, abandoning realism, achieved harmony and truthfulness – “Morning. Swimmers ”is a landmark work of the artist, which reflected his idealized and such a real world.