“Paris organ grinder”, Vasily Grigoryevich Perov – overview of the painting

“Paris organ grinder”, Vasily Grigoryevich Perov – overview of the painting
"Paris organ grinder", Vasily Grigoryevich Perov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Author: Vasily Grigoryevich Perov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1864

Overview of the painting :

Paris charmer – Vasily Grigoryevich Perov. Oil on canvas. 76.2 x 56 cm

   Excellent performed by Vasily Perov painting “Paris Charmac”. His retirement trip abroad was marked by a series of works on street scenes from Parisian life and “Charmacist” among them. The artist showed himself as a person who deeply thinks, notices human problems and the psychology of people.

   Before the audience, a poor street charmer earning pennies with a daily game on an instrument. Her whole appearance speaks of her difficult, hopeless and bleak life. A gray skirt of coarse fabric, huge, possibly male, not in size old shoes, a torn sleeve of a sweater. The only whole item of clothing is a large warm cloak that protects the woman and her daughter from the cold.

   The girl sleeps, serene and gulliblely leaning against her mother. The iron alms mug and the plate on which, most likely, the request for help, tell the viewer that this is the only income of the poor charmer.

   A dog with a bandaged paw patiently lies at the feet of the mistress, sadly watching passers-by. The contrast goes through a long-range plan of composition, where Perov depicted the wealth, brilliance and pride of rich people indifferent to the misfortunes of others.