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"Reaper", Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov - description of the painting

Reaper - Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov. 35.5 x 16.7 cm

Folk legends and ceremonies, scenes of the ordinary life of ordinary people, peasant everyday work are favorite topics of the work of Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov. However, he painted with pleasure and wonderful landscapes of his native country, and magnificent portraits, conveying the individuality and character of each person. Among the sketches written by him for the painting “Suffering time. Braids ”, there is this wonderful image of a young reaper.

Bright afternoon light filled the picture. A hot summer day, in a high pale blue sky rare clouds of cloud melt. Strada is in full swing, not a day can be lost, so the peasants have gone out to harvest the whole world.

Among the ripe rye there is a thin girl, dressed in a white simple shirt, picked up by a belt. Tied under a chin, a light motley kerchief with a patterned border is lowered over his forehead, hiding a tender, tanned face from burning beams. But the cheerful sunbeam still managed to perch on the very tip of the girl’s nose. Sly dark eyes are slightly narrowed, a barely noticeable shy smile plays on the coral lips. Attentive, curious and a little tired look.

Thin, dark brown tan, strong hands skillfully and dexterously weave a straw tourniquet. Sheaf will tie - and again for the sickle, reap the next.

Warm, light gamut of colors - pastel pinkish-cream, pearl cream, golden-beige shades create a feeling of soulfulness and human warmth. With broad strokes, the artist conveys the play of light and shadow on a shirt whose color changes from dazzling white to reddish gray. Slightly outlined with a sweeping brush movement, caramel yellow ripe ears of corn swaying on tall stems.

Expressive, very gentle portrait of a lively girl, painted with love. We admire this little reaper, her open and trusting soul, her cheerful disposition, which can work along with adults.