Overview of the painting “Children Orphans in the Cemetery”, Perov, 1864

Overview of the painting “Children Orphans in the Cemetery”, Perov, 1864
Overview of the painting "Children Orphans in the Cemetery", Perov, 1864 - 1

  • Author: Vasily Grigoryevich Perov
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1864

Overview of the painting :

Orphans in the cemetery – Vasily Grigoryevich Perov. 1864. Oil on canvas. 48×34

   Piercing, truly tragic work. In the future, Perov will develop it in his work, creating several works of the constituent treasure of Russian painting.

   Before the viewer, two children at the grave carried by snow. Having lost the closest people, everything in their guise speaks of tragedy, despair and hopelessness. Apparently, the author portrayed the pupils of the shelter, deprived of parental affection, love and warmth. The work was written during a European creative trip, presumably in France.

   The buying and poor color scheme of work contributes to a more complete disclosure of the topic and idea of the picture. The eyes of mourning children delightfully succeeded. They are empty, deep and sad-calm. Every detail – bare legs, pale faces, clean but miserable clothes – just shout about children’s grief.

   The surrounding landscape is also expressive. Heavy snowy sky, gray-blue snow, shaken cemetery crosses – everything is written hard and mournfully. In the work you can see details filled with symbolic meaning. The flowering tree branch on the gravestone looks weird in winter. This can be interpreted as a symbol of an ongoing life that conquers death. Perhaps this is the only grave decoration that has been available to small bitterness. Heroes of work form a kind of sculptural group on the grave. The artist’s skill, his tenacious look and emotional experiences make the audience’s heart shrink from sympathy and pity.