Painting “Boyarsk Wedding Pier”, Makovsky – description

Painting “Boyarsk Wedding Pier”, Makovsky – description
Painting "Boyarsk Wedding Pier", Makovsky - description - 1

  • Posted by Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky
  • Museum: Hillwood Museum, Washington
  • Year: 1883

Overview of the painting :

Boyarsky wedding feast – Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky. 1883. Oil on canvas. 236×391 cm

   Persian rugs, cells with amazing songbirds, Chinese vases from which peppers of ostriches and peacocks, ancient weapons, original African ritual masks, parch pillows and ivory caskets sticking out – all this is not a museum collection, but the home situation of Konstantin Makovsky.

   As a passionate collector of rare objects of various cultures and historical eras, the painter often used them to create the right interior in his works. Using the same method, “living picture”, this wonderful work was created, embodying the Bary wedding feast.

   For the true reconstruction of the surroundings, the author used his collection of ancient things, and also traveled around many collectors, and invited aristocrats as extras. The construction of the composition was preceded by musical evenings, dressing up, and after Makovsky “collected” his dumb artists in detail on the stage and explained to everyone what they should portray. A truly innovative method of the time!

   This work was created specifically for exhibiting in Europe. Makovsky sought recognition abroad, and chose the plot by chance – Europeans were very interested in the original Russian history at that time, so the work that so reliably and colorfully describes the scene from the life of the XVII century was well received. However, success only intensified the split between Makovsky and many of his friends-artists, especially with the mobile workers, who saw, first of all, the social role of art and believed that it was not worth the Russian artist to seek fame from a foreign audience.

   First of all, the luxurious barg orders – rich caftans, greasy, high female hats, heavy folds of men’s clothes, attract attention. The walls are painted, there are cups on the tables, and the servants are already in a hurry with the dishes – everything is saturated with the Russian spirit with an incredibly distinctive culture.

   Among all, you do not immediately notice the young, for their identities are not so large in comparison with this event – two Bara genera are united. The toast is pronounced, and under the screams “Bitter!”the young man tries to kiss the girl, and she shamefully takes her face away, embarrassed and timid. An experienced matchmaker on the left hand of a young man seems to push an indecisive newly made spouse. Heroes look at this scene differently – a girl looks at her friend with envy at the extradition, but the nanny looks sad, because she knows the hard life of a married woman perfectly.

   Ironically, one of the most Russian works of Makovsky, having changed several owners, today belongs to the Washington Museum.