The morning of the shooter execution, Vasily Ivanovich Surikov

The morning of the shooter execution, Vasily Ivanovich Surikov
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  • Posted by Vasily Ivanovich Surikov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1878-1881

Overview of the painting :

The morning of the shooter execution is Vasily Ivanovich Surikov. 1878-1881. Oil on canvas. 223 x 383.5 cm
   Creativity B. AND. Surikova represents the pinnacle of Russian historical painting of the second half of the 19th century. Once the artist was struck by the image – a candle lit during the day – as a symbol of tragedy and doom. For many years, the master of large-scale historical canvases hatched him in himself until he embodied the theme of reprisals against the shooters in the painting “The Morning of the Shooter Execution”. A dim light in the blue air of the gloomy morning in the still living arm was associated with the execution. The central storyline of the picture and its main emotional core is the confrontation of the crossed views of the shooter with the red-haired beard and King Peter. An implacable look burning with hatred strikes through the entire space of the picture, faced with the king’s angry and equally implacable look.

   The architectural design of the canvas is very important. The Kremlin’s lone-off tower corresponds to the lone figure of the king; the second, near tower, unites observers, barns and foreigners into one whole; the smooth construction of the soldiers exactly repeats the line of the Kremlin wall. The artist deliberately moved all the structures to the frontal place, applying the composite technique of rapprochement of plans and creating the effect of a huge folk crowd. The cathedral continues and crowns itself this human gathering, but the central tent of the Pokrov temple did not seem to fit into space: it is “cut off” with the upper edge of the picture and symbolizes the image of Russia beheaded by Peter I .