Painting “Blue House”, Kustodiev, 1920

Painting “Blue House”, Kustodiev, 1920
Painting "Blue House", Kustodiev, 1920 - 1

  • Author: Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev
  • Museum: Peterhof Museum-Reserve
  • Year: 1920

Overview of the painting :

Blue house – Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev. 1920. Oil on canvas. 97×80

   In this work, Kustodiev presented a whole model of the “Russian world.”. The world is a house divided into levels.

   The first level: playing children, whose life is just beginning, on the other hand, the workshop of the grave master (no doubt, the institution is connected with the completion of earthly life). Chess players (kupets, policeman, dandy) settled at the entrance to the workshop as a symbol of equality before death.

   Second level: a thief in love with a couple, at the entrance to the courtyard, an old woman on a bench and a woman with a child in her arms. It is easy to guess in a woman with a child the eternal plot of a madonna with a baby. The artist sees the entrance to the courtyard as an open path to the world of people. It is logical that at the entrance Kustodiev puts a woman mother who gave life to a new resident of the world.

   Third level: master and mistress of the house for tea. Russian idyll – a samovar, richly set table. The third level is the flourishing of human life.

   Fourth level: a young man chasing pigeons on the roof. Carelessness, joy, youth.

   The house is buried in greenery. In the windows of the houses flowers in the vases, the balcony is decorated with drawers with flowers. Harmony with nature is an essential condition for happiness for a person.

   The blue color chosen by the artist (bright, clean) in Russian art has always been the color of the mountain world, the kingdom of heaven. Surprises the abundance of symbolic meaning in the picture.