Plants of the deceased, Vasily Grigoryevich Perov, 1865
- Author: Vasily Grigoryevich Perov
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1865
Overview of the painting :
The wires of the deceased – Vasily Grigoryevich Perov. 1865. Oil on canvas. 45.3×57
The small sad paintings of Vasily Grigoryevich Perov, written by him in the second half of the 1860s: “Conclusions of the dead man”, “Troika”, “Drowned”, “The last tavern at the outpost”, are lyrical short stories that tell about the unfortunate fate of poor people. Their fate worried many Russian writers and poets, artists and composers of the last century. They were written about novels and laid down poems, their life appeared on the canvases of artists and found expression in songs. These works were created by masters of various creative aspirations, characters and temperaments, but combined their deep sympathy with the humiliated and insulted and noble anger towards the oppressors.
In the picture “Conclusions of the deceased”, Perov depicted an event, which, according to criticism B. AT. Stasova, “…every day happens on a thousand ends of Russia, only no former painter saw this and did not stop there. ”.
In the hopeless stage of the peasant’s funeral, the consumer artist felt with his whole being, understood the unprecedented grief of the peasant family, which had lost its breadwinner and support. That is why a short winter day is so gloomy, so the clouds are low and heavy, the snowy distances are so cold and deserted, so lonely and bitter for this small group of unhappy people.
The theme of sorrow, which found expression in gloomy gray and brown colors, in the rhythmic system of composition, the silhouette of the mournful figure of the peasant woman repeats many times, varies, like a sad motive for the Russian song.