Painting “Trapeza”, Vasily Grigoryevich Perov

Painting “Trapeza”, Vasily Grigoryevich Perov
Painting "Trapeza", Vasily Grigoryevich Perov - 1

  • Author: Vasily Grigoryevich Perov
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1865-1876

Overview of the painting :

Trebase – Vasily Grigoryevich Perov. 1865-1876. Oil on canvas. 84×126

   Vasily Grigoryevich Perov is an outstanding master of the 1860-1870s, the theme of whose work was the denunciation of the imperfections of modern society. His paintings reflected the excited Russian intelligentsia of the fate of “lower and insulted”, the lives of specific people, their pain and suffering. Together in their opposition to the “gloom” of surrounding reality, writers and artists sharply criticized and passionately condemned the vices of mankind and the injustice of the social system.

   The canvas “Trapez” presents to the audience the stage of the monastery dinner with a luxuriously covered table, replete with various dishes. The composition unfolding before our eyes seems to illustrate the abomination of behavior and the ugliness of the essence of the represented clergy. In the general noise of bacchanalia, which occurs against the backdrop of the crucified Christ, the destroyed priests indulge in earthly pleasures – drunkenness and gluttony, in the right part of the picture one of the dignitaries fawns in front of a rich young lady. The booth, arranged in the temple, depicted by Perov, gives out the true face of the church of that time. According to the expression of the artist’s contemporary, F. M. Dostoevsky, “the borders of good and evil disappeared And they departed.”.

   The citizenship of poetry and painting of the 1860-1870s, in which straightforwardness is often found, the caustic irony, expressed in the general colorlessness and everydayness of the story, is perceived today not as a flaw, but as a feature of the “artistic sorrow” of the era. It is no coincidence that many works of the artist were not allowed to exhibit at exhibitions and show to the public.