“New owners. Tea drinking ”, Bogdanov-Belsky – overview of the painting

“New owners. Tea drinking ”, Bogdanov-Belsky – overview of the painting
“New owners. Tea drinking ”, Bogdanov-Belsky - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Bogdanov-Belsky
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: 1913

Overview of the painting :

New owners. Tea drinking – Nikolay Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky

   Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky left the poor family, but was able to reach extraordinary heights in his work, to the famous painter who wrote equally inspiredly – both portraits of emperors and faces of peasant children.

   He understood and loved the village, rural children, Russian endless fields and green forests.

   The artist preferred to spend summer in the Udomel region of the Tver region, where his painting “New owners” was written. Tea drinking. “. The picture is not quite simple, as it seems at first glance. To some extent, it reflects a certain stage in the changing life of peasants and nobles. Changes began to occur in 1861, after the abolition of serfdom.

   The fact is that after this reform, capitalism began to actively develop in Russia. The dominion is gradually losing its position in society and weakening economically.

   Many noble families went broke and poor, sold or laid land. When the First World War began, there were very few nobles in the villages. They had to sell their estates for nothing and leave for the city. This is the moment of history and is reflected in the picture of Bogdanov-Belsky.

   Before us, a family is sitting at tea. These are the new owners who have just bought the estate of Ushakov landowners from the village of Ostrovno. The fact that the event happened recently is indicated by some mess in things in the right corner of the picture, as well as a portrait in a beautiful gilded frame.

   The portrait, apparently, of the former owner, did not even have time to remove from the wall. And, perhaps, the newly made owners themselves do not fully believe their new position in this house. Confirmation of this can be several constrained poses of all actors.

   We can only guess what these people think. Perhaps they still have fresh in their memory the recent times when they served in this estate with a robe, stables and cooks, they could not even let someone into the house. Maybe the head of the family depicted in the picture was the manager or clerk of a former landowner. And now they own all this estate, but there is still some doubt and uncertainty in the eyes and behavior.

   But their degree, peasant thoroughness is visible in everything – in ordinary dishes and food, in simple but solid and new clothes. Bogdanov-Belsky, as always, with photographic accuracy depicts the smallest details – every cell, every fold on the shirts and skirts of the characters of the picture, an invited whirlwind on the head of the middle son and his large peasant hands.

   Brushes on the tablecloths, carvings on a mahogany chair, transparent glass glass glass glass and a samovar shine on the table are also carefully written out. The artist built a plot of paintings on the contrast – the remains of a rich interior (hours, paintings, furniture from expensive wood, garden outside the window) and a simple family of a rich peasant who is now hosting here.

   Thanks to this contradiction, it is easier for us to understand what is happening and the plot of the picture itself. Draw a parallel and reread with a new look the classics – “Therry Garden” by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov.