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The painting “At the Tea Table” is one of the key works of the Zhukovsky cycle. This name is not accidental. Korovin for a long time lived in the village of Zhukovka at the cottage of his close friends. It was there that he created many of his masterpieces. The artist’s work, no doubt, should be attributed to Russian impressionism. In many ways, his style, selection of color scheme and construction of the composition are similar to the manner of the brilliant artist from France Auguste Renoir.
Like Renoir, the master devoted a lot of time to the study of light and air. His paintings are full of lightness and airiness. That landscape plays a paramount role. People in the picture are more likely to complement. This is very similar to “At the Tea Table” with the works of the famous Monet. Interestingly built composition. It is shifted relative to the center to the left, which gives the impression of a “first-person” look. It seems that Korovin himself was sitting on a retracted chair just a minute ago.
The plot of the picture reflects the usual suburban life of the hospitable homeowners of that time. Heroes are copied from real characters. This is the Polenov family and his guests. Among them is Natalia, engaged in sewing. Her face is serene and peaceful. The rest poses give out some awkwardness and reigning tension.
Through the use of a whole set of techniques, the canvas looks dynamic. It resembles a momentary look at what is happening. The painting includes elements of portraiture, the best landscape features, a well-read storyline. It is complex and multifaceted, despite the apparent simplicity.