“They are going to the polls,” Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov – overview of the painting

“They are going to the polls,” Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov – overview of the painting
“They are going to the polls,” Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1947

Overview of the painting :

Going to the polls – Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov. Oil on canvas. 295 x 221 cm

   1947, difficult post-war years, there was a lot of work. Among the holidays that were always fun celebrated was election day. In the morning, people went to polling stations. This event was dedicated by A. AND. Plast your picture filled with joy and good mood.

   Winter cloudy morning. In the upper corner of the canvas, the yellow-orange circle of the non-bright sun breaks through the morning haze. His rays dyed the clouds into pale golden- coral shades. Against the background of the gloomy sky, attracting a look, the scarlet flag shaves brightly.

   Right in front of us in a sleigh harnessed by three horses, collective farmers go to the polls. The young chariot screams cheerfully, waving a whip. It has a large warm light brown sheepskin coat with a black collar, a gray fur hat-fed with a saggy ear sticking out. Behind him, lifting the black collar high, is an elderly bearded man. Grandmother leaned against him in a tightly tied blue scarf. Her eyelashes are jammed, her nose blushed from the cold. What she thinks she remembers?

   A harmonist who pulled out his legs in large white boots with galoshes sits on the edge of firewood. He stretched the colorful harmoni furs, playing a funny song.

   Behind the sleigh, wrapped in warm shawls, are three young women. Their gentle bright faces flushed from the frost. A beautiful young collective farm in a white openwork half-hang with a long fringe dreams of something. Nearby, wrapped in a dark blue checkered shawl, a second girl smiles to someone. Chill out of black eyes are watching fun, a bright red bang falls on dark eyebrows. A third woman in a woolen pale yellow scarf and a dark fur coat with a caring smile looks at a young guy. Climbing, he cheerfully waves a hat torn from his head.

   The second sleds drove very close to them, the cesspool of which pulled the reins, holding the horse. But a furry leg with an iron horseshoe almost steps on the stripes.

   The dynamics of the picture are given by red, scarlet, bright pink, orange and blue ribbons fluttering on the arcs, bell ringing.

   The artist uses many color nuances and halftones. The canvas harmoniously combines warm lilac-white shades of snow and cold purple tones of shadows, pastel colors of women’s shawls and dark colors of the fur coats.

   Snow-covered houses, snow-capped trees are visible in the background. Morning light painted them in deep purple. On the way, several more sleds are in a hurry past the houses. The image can be considered for a long time, finding more and more details. A woman with a coromyle follows the water along the fence, and here the birds settled on the branches. And what a bright rainbow belt on the scum!

   The picture is very real and life-affirming, it gives the viewer a solar mood and confidence in tomorrow.