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A.G. Venetsianov was one of those artists who know how to depict seemingly mundane, inconspicuous scenes, but with a delicate poetry in attention to detail, under the clear eye of the painter turning into significant ones that cause delight and reverence for their beauty. “Morning of the landowner” in 1823 is just such a picture.
The plot for her is the ordinary morning of working days at the estate. The hostess is sitting at the table, next to her are two figures of peasant women. One of them crouched and holds a bundle of fabric with wool in her hand, she listens to the speeches of the landowner. The second peasant woman stands, casting a fleeting glance at us, the spectators. The figures of all three characters are full of peaceful peace and high dignity.
Some, who knew the Venetsianov family closely, believe that the features of the artist’s wife are recognized in the person sitting. Perhaps this is true, because he masterfully shaded the head of the heroine of the picture from the face to create a reliable appearance of the unknown mistress of the estate.
Of particular note is the color on the canvas. If other works of the painter are sometimes very uniform in terms of color content. That this work shows through contrasts and tints of colors. Red, orange and dark green colors in the clothes of peasant girls stand out against the background of woody shades of the interior.
Regarding the situation, there is always something to notice from the artist Venetsianov. He skillfully works on furniture and the whole decor of the rooms. So here, mahogany shines nobly under the soft waves of light.
A small section of the room expands due to the narrow window segment introduced into the field of view. Awakening morning light falls from a window. Thanks to a properly constructed perspective, the image looks voluminous and realistic.
The nobles and peasants in "Morning of the landowner" are harmoniously united in observing the Russian foundations.