“The Wits of the Bride”, Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov – overview of the painting

“The Wits of the Bride”, Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov – overview of the painting
“The Wits of the Bride”, Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Author: Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: After 1860

Overview of the painting :

The bride’s eyes are Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov. Oil on canvas. 35 x 53 cm

   In the XIX century, Russia has a great interest in the history of its native country, its traditions and legends. Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov, who created a series of paintings dedicated to ancient Russian rites, addresses the topic of folk beliefs. On this canvas we see one of the main wedding customs – the bride’s eyes.

   In the center of the bright upper room there is a calm naked young girl. The eyes are lowered down, golden hair braided in the braid, descends along the back, delicate skin shines softly in the light. Swahi constantly praise her in front of the groom’s relatives, who are sitting on a bench, bowing their heads to each other. One of them, having locked his chin with his hand, carefully considers the beauty, and the other, laying his hands on his lap, gazes intently into it. Their views are strict and picky, because they have a difficult task – to choose a worthy bride for a noble groom: a beautiful, healthy, without the slightest flaw.

   Next to them, leaning forward, the mother of a girl who is affectionate by a young woman sitting next to her cannot hide her excitement.

   A master of the figure of the maidservants draws in muffled, fuzzy strokes: one quietly sits by the wall, and the other looks out of the doorway with curiosity.

   The room is almost empty: a wide shop by a large window, but a ceramic vase stands on the windowsill. The carved ornament adorns the walls, the cleanly washed light-nutary floorboards sprout in the light.

   But against the background of warm chocolate and red-brown tones, clean, festive colors of women’s outfits glow brightly. Saturated scarlet, cherry, red shades are harmoniously combined with pastel yellowish-green and whitewashed raspberry tones. Deep dark blue, purple and black colors emphasize the dazzling whiteness of the rubes.

   The artist very accurately conveys the fabric and styles of folk costumes: the softness of velvet, the cool fluidity of the silk of the Sarafans, the overflows of the brocade in the heart of heart, the brilliance of gold on the coconuts.

   The picture is filled with life, a joyful expectation of the upcoming wedding, and the bright, lyrical image of the bride is full of purity and tenderness.