Still life with a fan, Ilya Ivanovich Mashkov, 1922
- Author: Ilya Ivanovich Mashkov
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1922
Overview of the painting :
Still life with a fan – Ilya Ivanovich Mashkov. 1922. Oil, canvas. 145×127.5
Mashkov enthusiastically welcomed the October Revolution. In a revolutionary coup, the artist saw a force exempting art from hatred of decadent breaking, falsehood and hypocrisy. He imagined the flourishing of art as the final statement of a realistic beginning in him. The leading genre in the post-revolutionary work of Mashkov remained still a still life. In his still lifes, the artist sought to show the beauty and diversity of subject forms in nature, contrasting the perfection of the real world with the truquality of formalists. The world is beautiful as it is, ”Mashkov claimed with his art,“ you just need to be able to see the charm of every thing.
In still life with the fan, the artist tried to compose objects so that the specifics of each won from the neighborhood of others, so that the combination of objects declared the beauty of life as a whole. Mashkov’s dense, pastoral painting, his expressive embossed smear helps to feel the materiality of the depicted objects, and the point of view from above, favorite by the artist, strengthens the impression of the volume of things, gives them expressiveness and monumentality. Thoughtfully, carefully explores the master complex shape of a silver vase, wooden candelabra, a small elegant bottle. With great skill, he conveys the texture of objects: the mirror-polished surface of mahogany gleks gleaning gently, the whole symphony of shades is poured into the wood of the Karelian birch, the mother-of-pearl tablets of the fan shine in the twilight, the bright metal gle shatter throws the vase. The beauty of these items especially benefits from the proximity of artificial fruits laid in the foreground. Roughly ground gypsum apples, pears, plums with their lifeless weight emphasize the living charm of real things. This contrast Mashkov repeats again, placing in the depths a picturesque portrait next to a fragment of gypsum sculpture. Warm colors of the naked female body on the portrait come to life when compared to dead gray gypsum.