Overview of the painting Kustodiev “Maslenitsa”, 1916

Overview of the painting Kustodiev “Maslenitsa”, 1916
Overview of the painting Kustodiev "Maslenitsa", 1916 - 1

  • Author: Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1916

Overview of the painting :

Maslenitsa – Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev. 1916. Canvas, tempera. 61×123

   The canvas of the painter, graphic artist and theater artist B. M. Kustodiev on the topic of winter festivities and holidays is filled with joy and fun. Among them, the central place belongs to the image of the Russian Shrovetide with horseback riding, fist fights and balagans. This holiday is like a carnival for the artist, in which everything is decorative and beautiful: people who are richly dressed in colorful shawls and fur coats walk; horses crumble, decorated with ribbons, bells and paper flowers; and even nature itself seemed to put on its best outfits.

   In his many paintings dedicated to Maslenitsa and other festivities, it was important for Kustodiev to emphasize the dizzying whirlwind of emotions. Perhaps that is why the main motive for the movement in them has always become the uncontrollable triple. The dynamics of these works are based on the compositional techniques of theater and decorative art: contrasting the game of light and shadow, the use of “kulis”. These canvases are so decorative in color and compositional construction that they resemble outlandish painted caskets. It is all the more surprising that most of the master’s works are written in memory and are generalized images of Russia as a whole. Their heroes are cleansed of everything negative: they are kind, poetic, full of dignity and live, honoring laws and traditions. And there is an involuntary feeling that the way of the patriarchal world inevitably goes back in time.