“Portrait of a storyteller wasn,” Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya

“Portrait of a storyteller wasn,” Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya
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  • Posted by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: Not dated

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of the storyteller was – Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskaya.

   At the end of the 19th century, there was a special interest in folk art. Finally, the upper layers of society drew attention to the identity and uniqueness of folk tradition. Close attention to folklore in all manifestations was heated by the composers of the “Mighty heap”, and the artists-interlists, and the work of V.AT. Andreeva, who in 1888 brought folk instruments to the professional stage.

   At this time, they begin to actively collect fairy tales, record pastries, composers and ethnographers carry out the first folklore expeditions, trying to preserve what has been transmitted for centuries only from mouth to mouth. New cultural heroes appeared, who were translators of folk art. These nuggets, absolutely illiterate, but possessing an inherent talent, aroused the admiration and respect of the educated public. Narrowers of the former were also considered to such exceptional people from the people, and Vasily Petrovich Shchegolenok (Schegolenkov) was one of the famous personalities.

   This farmer and the boots of the master was written by Ilya Repin, Vasily Polenov (these are more famous portraits of the storyteller), and Ivan Kramskaya also wrote from him.

   But back to the hero. Monotonous work, such as a shoe craft, Vasily Petrovich tried to diversify, telling at a chanting were made. He learned this from his father and uncle with disabilities, and a repertoire borrowed from them. With phenomenal memory, the Iron and Steelman knew many tales and ballads, the heroes of which were heroes, Sadko, Ivan the Terrible, Hoten Bludovich. Many folklore collectors considered its options to be the same with the performance (a quiet, distracted from a clear metr-rhythmic size) as the best among all the storytellers of the past.

   Vasily Petrovich managed to learn the professional scene – his performances were organized in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and in 1879, at the invitation of Lev Tolstoy, he stayed in Yasnaya Polyana for a month. The writer personally recorded the storyboard for the storyteller, and at least six of his works are based on the stories of a self-propelled storyteller.

   How do we see him in the portrait of Kramsky? Without a doubt, this is a very hardworking person whose life you can’t call easy. Poor clothes that require repair, an unaccurate trimmed beard emphasize the hero’s poverty. Indeed, storytellers were essentially begging, traveling through villages with their stories.

   As usual, a painter highlights the face of his hero – it is he who should be considered by the audience. Meanwhile, a look on behalf of the storyteller is really impossible to look away. A wrinkled forehead gives out the mind in it, the eyes are even sad, but wisdom and dignity are read in them. The hero’s lips seem to be able to express any emotion – even moments and ends will creep up, turning the wrinkled face into a friendly and benevolent one, or, on the contrary, the old man will stick himself even more and frown to talk about something dramatic and tense.

   Deep respect, admiration for the hero expresses this portrait, along with a true story. Without a doubt, the wonderful work of the subtle, sensitive portrait painter Kramsky …