“The motive without words,” Victor Borisov-Musatov – overview of the painting

“The motive without words,” Victor Borisov-Musatov – overview of the painting
“The motive without words,” Victor Borisov-Musatov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Victor Borisov-Musatov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1900

Overview of the painting :

The motive without words is Viktor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov. Paper on cardboard, pastel, watercolor. 46 x 58.6 cm
   The poetic, beautiful world created Borisov-Musatov in his paintings. His world is inspired by dreams of unfulfilled hopes, dreams of a beautiful lady, filled with romantic images of past years, regrets about the bygone era. Visiting ancient estates, walking in deserted parks, the artist imagined people who fit perfectly into these interiors. All this was reflected in his works, one of which is before us.

   A large bright room in a noble house, filled with light and air. Proximity of sunlight is played on ceramic tiles of the furnace. In the center of the image, near the wall, glued with pale beige wallpapers with rare blue leaves, there is a comfortable sofa over which three paintings hang.

   Before him is a small wooden table on curved legs, to which two chairs are attached. In one of them sits a young man in a wig and an atlas white camisole decorated with golden sewing. Bowing his head, he enthusiastically draws a portrait of a girl sitting opposite.

   A thin, elegant, lightly pale creamy dress with a lush skirt and wide sleeves, it resembles a fragile porcelain figurine. Her dark brown hair is removed into a smooth hairstyle, opening the so-called face of “musat girls.”. Tender oval, pale creamy skin, delicate coral blush, sad eyes down, there is not even a hint of a smile on your lips. Hands calmly lie on her knees, she poses, thinking about something of her own. A silence that only shorokh pencil on paper violates.

   The figures from the viewer are separated by a wide strip of shiny floors, in which obscure reflections of seated people are visible.

   The artist’s favorite ascetic gamut of non-small colors: pale blue, haze gray, mother-of-white, cream-cream shades of costumes are in harmony with the chocolate and coffee colors of the furniture. A little blurry contours envelop the young man and the girl with a glowing soft haze, filling with a feeling of unreality of what is happening, as if the shadows of the past had returned.

   The picture fascinates with its sophistication and poeticity, makes you a little sad about the past, causes nostalgic feelings.