Morning still life, Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin – overview of the painting

Morning still life, Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin – overview of the painting
Morning still life, Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Petrov-Vodkin
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1918

Overview of the painting :

Morning still life – Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin. 1918. Oil on canvas 66 x 88

   One of the main ideas of Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin’s work was to be able to depict the soul, spirit, and mood of the world around him through subject painting. If you carefully look at the paintings of the painter, you can notice that they are all full of internal dynamics and energy.

   Morning still life is a very tuned job. It seems that you can feel the aroma of tea, the fragrance of flowers and hear the thin metal knocking of a silver tea spoon on the grand sides of a glass. Everyone will remember this morning picture without difficulty, and this is the purpose of this canvas. Petrov-Vodkin proves to the viewer – how many wonderful things around us are around us, who, behind their cyclicality, “hid” into a boring discharge of ordinaryness. The author helpfully offers to look at ordinary things in a new way, without this retouching of a shaded daily routine.

   Morning. A brightly lit table suggests that there is a sun outside the window. The table is wooden, neatly shavored, light brown with a “pink” color. Each item on the table is isolated, while not standing out in color terms, but together everything looks balanced and harmonious – the viewer simply goes over from one subject to another, carefully studying each element.

   Such a composite harmony, integrity and balance is achieved by a kind of “roll call” of each component of this friendly morning table. Eggs are reflected in the faces of a steel polished teapot, the shiny sides of which also carry a reflection from the teapot, then in this peculiar mirror you can notice a red cat and a reflection of the table, from the edge of which the smart face of the Irish setter looks. Everything seems to be intertwined with complete independence of objects.

   It is interesting that as many as two items on the table have faces. In this way, the artist seeks to expand the existing space – a teaspoon is triple propagated through the edges of the glass, and the kettle, as it turns out, helpfully shows the heroes who are not in the picture (red cat).

   In order to expand space, as well as enrich work with dynamism, most objects have a smooth reflective surface. The transparent vase reflects wonderful summer flowers, dandelions and bells, whose life outside of nature is too short, but so beautiful, brightly shines with a saucer, reflecting sunlight, the source of which the author also did not show us, and finally, a brilliant flashlight closes this luminous composition.

   There is no canvas in space, but you can always feel it: according to freshly picked flowers, poured tea, left matches, and, of course, to animals that rushed to the table in anticipation of something tasty. The picture is painted so that the viewer, looking at the work, as if he were in the place of this man, is sitting at such a morning table. The unsurpassed effect of presence – the author subtly and skillfully makes us active characters in his still life.

   By the simplicity of the interior available to our eyes, it can be argued that this is a house in the village or cottage. This place for the artist is filled with silence, peace and joy, which is why his color palette is so bright and cheerful. The painter admires all these simple things, allowing the viewer to catch this pure naive beauty. His wise look, calm, dimensionality, who spiritualize this unbiased still life, embellishing it with the multi-option of interpretations and such a soulful and close to every person, is felt.