“Sower”, Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov – overview of the painting

“Sower”, Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov – overview of the painting
"Sower", Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Author: Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov
  • Museum: Art Museum, Riga
  • Year: 1888

Overview of the painting :

Seedman – Grigory Grigoryevich Masyoedov. Oil on canvas. 82.5 x 58.5 cm

   Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov can rightfully be called the pride of Russian painting of the 19th century. Despite the complexity of his character, and contemporaries spoke of Grigory Grigoryevich as an ironic, harsh, sometimes unbearable person, he possessed subtlety of perception, thoughtfulness, observation, sincerity and depth in the image of characters and subjects.

   He studied the Meat-eaters at the Imperial Academy of Arts, where he was awarded the Academy, worked and lived in Europe (Paris, Florence, Vienna), and since 1869 he returned to Russia. He organizes and actively participates in the creation of a society of editorial artists who were inspired by the ideas of folklore.

   He, who was born in a noble family in the Tula province, was familiar and close to the theme of the Russian peasantry, knew their hard bonded labor, their poverty and lack of rights. On this topic, he writes such works as “Light-burners”, “The Family of Dines” and others. Here, the Meat-eaters prove to be a classic representative of critical realism.

   Cancer is a subtlely felt artist and man, to some extent, marking a new stage in his work, the Meat-eaters writes a series of paintings dedicated to the beauty and greatness of the ordinary worker of the earth – the Russian peasant. The canvases such as “Opening”, “Passionate Time”, “Road to Rye” were widely known.

   But how can the painting “Sower” performed by the author in 1888 not cause admiration? From it just blows the smell of spring, a warm and wet field, the expectation of rain, so long-awaited at this time.

   The peasant in the image of the author is beautiful in his eternal peasant work and destiny – to throw a handful of grain into fertile land.

   Its movements are measured, wide, subordinate to some eternal natural rhythm, subconsciously existing in every Russian person.

   The picture creates a sense of light and goodness, tranquility and warmth, harmony of nature and man – there is no fake, everything is real here.