Music lesson, Leonid Osipovich Pasternak

Music lesson, Leonid Osipovich Pasternak
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  • Posted by Pasternak Leonid Osipovich
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: 1909

Overview of the painting :

Music lesson – Leonid Osipovich Pasternak. 1909. Paper, pastel.

   The delicate color scheme and the specific texture of the pastel gave this modest genre picture a special charm and airiness. Soft incompleteness, a growing clear contours, giving the blue-bearing white color of the woman’s dress touches the liveliness and ease of the image.

   An unpretentious life story sets this picture apart from paintings on historical and biblical themes, which were so many in all periods of history. Generic paintings reflecting a simple daily life will not bring fame and popularity to the artist, but they will be able to reveal to us his soul and perception of reality.

   The canvas depicts a woman in a white summer long dress, with a magnificent hairstyle characteristic of that time, engaged in music with two young children. Three main color spots stand out in the picture – a massive black piano, a white female dress and a bright reddish tree of a figure chair that echoes the picture frame on the wall and warm golden glare on the slash floor. Soft contours and a restrained color scheme fill the picture with air and light, devoid of clear boundaries and deep gloomy shadows.

   A woman sits in the half-turn, we don’t see her face, and the faces of the kids are blurred, shown schematically, and they themselves are barely noticeable behind the piano and notes standing on the cigarette. This gives the image anonymity and a certain abstractness, giving us the opportunity to think, imagine how these people can look.

   The picture, for all its external simplicity, is a serious job, because pastel is a rather complex material, this technique requires talent and special instinct. The master possessed all this in abundance – the picture looks lively, dynamic, and it seems that the woman is about to turn around, and we will see her face, and uncertain, quiet, but beautiful music will sound from the canvas.