Painting “Pasechnik”, Kram, 1872

Painting “Pasechnik”, Kram, 1872
Painting "Pasechnik", Kram, 1872 - 1

  • Posted by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1872

Overview of the painting :

Pasechnik – Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya. 1872. Oil on canvas. 63 x 49 cm
   Sunny morning on the apiary, colorful, almost fabulous apiary is patiently waiting for his wards to finish collecting nectar from the field to mow out the “unnecessary” and extra plants.

   The owner of the apiary is full of patience, devoid of any fuss. His touching attitude to bees is the result of many years of experience in communicating with honey wards, an innate sense of harmony with nature, and a careful attitude towards it. The character of the hero is indicated by some details, to which the artist draws the attention of the audience: a native cross (large, peasant), a key on the belt (spoke in accuracy, even pedanticism), a short-cut beard (so that the bees cannot get confused), neatly combed hair, impeccably clean clothes. Before us is a person living under special laws, most likely, away from other people. He is used to loneliness, finds a special charm in her.

   Sunlight concentrates on the hands and face of the beekeeper. The apiary behind him looks like a mysterious town. The path that compositely divides the picture into two parts simultaneously indicates the border of the bee kingdom and the presence of man in this special bee world.