“The Family Dines,” Meat-eaters – overview of the painting
- Author: Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1872
Overview of the painting :
The Zemstvo dines – Grigory Grigoryevich Masyoedov. 1872. Oil on canvas. 74×125
“The Family Dines” is the most significant canvas of Myasoedov, exhibited at the Second Mobile Art Exhibition. Zemstvo – elected bodies of local self-government in Russia in the 1860s. The peasants depicted in the picture apparently came with some request to the members of the earth, but were forced to sit under the door, content with their meager dinner and provided with their sad thoughts. A servant washing dishes is visible in the window: gentlemen probably had a good meal, and the problems of those asking for a long time will not interest them.
Meat-eaters, like many artists-granists of the 1870s, depart from obvious conviction or harsh criticism, he only states, showing the truth of life in this scene objectively and without embellishment, and the viewer will already draw all the conclusions himself. The main emphasis in the work is placed on the peasants themselves: their faces are scrupulously written out, which allows the viewer to “feel” the characters and empathize with them.