The painting “To relatives”, Leonid Osipovich Pasternak – overview

The painting “To relatives”, Leonid Osipovich Pasternak – overview
The painting "To relatives", Leonid Osipovich Pasternak - overview - 1

  • Posted by Pasternak Leonid Osipovich
  • Museum: Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve
  • Year: 1891

Overview of the painting :

To relatives – Leonid Osipovich Pasternak. 1891. Oil on canvas. 143 x 116 cm

   The canvas depicts a compartment of a train in which two young women, belonging to various social classes, travel. From the name it is clear that they are going to their relatives, here are only the reasons, obviously diametrically opposite.

   Closer to the audience is a young girl from a middle-income family. You can draw such a conclusion by the fact that she rides in the same car with the peasant woman, which means she cannot afford a separate compartment. She is dressed in a completely closed black robe without a hint of decoration and decoration. This fact, as well as a small hat with black thick veil clearly indicates that the girl is in mourning and most likely goes from the funeral or to the funeral of someone close to. Her thin and spiritualized face says suffering. She sits leaning back and slightly bowing her head to the side, holding a white handkerchief in her hands – the only smear of light in her appearance.

   Unlike her, a young peasant woman sitting nearby in a beautiful national outfit is clearly prosperous and happy with life. In her arms is a baby wrapped in white diapers, with a beautiful bonnet on her head. The peasant woman herself is dressed in an elegant red sundress with a very magnificent long skirt, a white shirt with a large neckline and voluminous sleeves. She has a small blue coconut on her head, decorated with beads embroidery. The neck of a young woman is decorated with large blue and blue beads in two rows.

   The peasant is a striking color and emotional contrast next to a drawn-in black and sad girl. She looks with interest at the train window, but her expression is slightly alarmed and tense. Obviously, she does not know what awaits her visiting relatives.

   The artist masterfully managed to tell two life stories at once, depicting only two women in the compartment. The picture turned out to be very expressive and deeply philosophical.