Picture “Frozen”, Perov, 1874

Picture “Frozen”, Perov, 1874
Picture "Frozen", Perov, 1874 - 1

  • Author: Vasily Grigoryevich Perov
  • Museum: State Historical Museum
  • Year: 1874

Overview of the painting :

Sweaty – Perov. 1874. Oil on canvas. 87.5×113

   Before us is a connected and imprisoned rebel, a young Russian guy, a strong, explosive temperament. His clothes are torn, which speaks of fierce resistance when caught. The very name of the work suggests that the author considers his hero an incorrigible rebel, who cannot be broken, re-educated, changed. A proud head landing, a confident look and a contemptuous half smile – all in the guise of a hero suggests that we have a strong personality, leader, ataman.

   The opposite of the hero is his guards. Dull, hunched, they fearfully examine their prisoner. Their features are fuzzy, the author seems to indicate their impersonality, ordinaryness, ordinaryness.

   There is a leisurely conversation between those present. What the guards are trying to understand? The secret of the hero’s crazy courage? The reasons for its unbending? May be.

   The light to work is concentrated on the figure of the rebel. It is on it a bright shirt, even ropes on red legs. The guards, on the contrary, are dressed in gray clothes.

   The place of action of the picture is interesting. A careful examination shows that a bathhouse (old broom on the floor, wooden shelves, stove) was chosen as the place of detention. The rebel, apparently, was tied by the villagers themselves and, putting two guards, was sent behind the bailiff, who must decide the fate of the funeral robber.