Preference, Vasnetsov, 1879
- Author: Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1879
Overview of the painting :
Preference – Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. 1879. Oil on canvas. 84 x 136 cm
Warm summer evening, wide open the doors to the balcony. Five officials spend their leisure time playing their favorite card game. In fact, there are only three in the game. The fourth, turning away from everyone, overturns another glass. The fifth, youngest, does not take part in the game. Dying of boredom, he yawns openly, widely and sincerely. Three at the table are passionate about the game.
The old man blindly looks at his cards. The other two eagerly look into his alignment, not at all shy. The meanness of what is happening does not bother at all, she awakened some kind of predatory excitement in the heroes.
Boredom, tin boredom – this is the atmosphere created by Vasnetsov. At the same time, the inner emptiness of all participants in this stuffy evening is also striking. They cannot come up with anything else, they are doomed to such evenings: the same and meaningless.
The light coming from the candle creates huge shadows on the walls of the living room, emphasizing the insignificance of those present. Alyapovatny bas-relief decorating a fireplace, a portrait on the wall – everything is tasteless, gone, stupid. The clock in the corner is the only living organism in the picture. There is a process of “killing” time.