Sleeping in a cat, P. AT. Kuznetsov, 1911
- Posted by Pavel Varfolomeevich Kuznetsov
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1911
Overview of the painting :
Sleeping in a cat – Pavel Varfolomeevich Kuznetsov. 1911. Oil on canvas. 67×72
Passion for the East was a typical phenomenon in art of the early XX century. Paul Gauguin left for the distant islands of Polynesia, and Henri Matisse went to Morocco. Attracted the East and many Russian artists. Here they sought inspiration from B. D. Polenov, M. WITH. Saryan, P. In Kuznetsov et al. The East, which has not yet been touched by European bourgeois civilization, where the difficulties of social relations that were not alarming for the 20th century, where human life seemed simple and natural, like the life of nature, seemed to them the embodiment of a beautiful dream, have not yet arisen.
Pavel Varfolomeevich Kuznetsov went to the Volga steppes for the nomads of Kyrgyz and Kalmyks. The canvases written there are not landscapes in the usual sense and not genre sketches. More precisely, they can be called variations of one topic. All the works of the cycle permeate one general mood.
The artist seemed to be in contact with the most secret universe, with the high beauty and poetry of life. In the silence and peace of the steppes, in the rhythm of the life of its inhabitants, the greatness and eternity of being were revealed to him. And in the nature of painting, Kuznetsov seeks to express this. His paintings, small in size, are similar to majestic frescoes. Penetrated by the slow musical and singing rhythm, they are filled with solemn silence and peace. The artist depicted the open space of endless steppes, green, gold or lilac, with a high quiet and gentle, then magnificent and solemn sky. The smooth silhouettes of female figures in colored clothes, thoughtful camels, a round nightmare organically interwoven into the rhythmic structure of the landscape.
He wrote Kuznetsov and the inhabitants of the steppes, moreover, he was interested in people not the individuality and originality of everyone, but what was common in them, which made the individual a part of being.
The picture “Sleeping in a Koshara” is imbued with the same sense of beauty of the world and serene peace as the image of the steppes. As soon as the catchy movement of the brush, as if afraid to break the girl’s dream, the artist writes her light weightless figure on blue mats and golden as if magically luminous flowers of the canopy. The colors overflow with gentle shades, the line moves calmly and smoothly in the shape of the figure, then bizarrely wriggled in the patterns of the fabric. Like a dream itself, light and light, captured by an artist on canvas.