Museums and Art

"Barge Haulers on the Volga", Alexey Kondratievich Savrasov - description of the painting


Burlaki on the Volga - Alexei Kondratievich Savrasov. 41 x 65 cm

The painting was painted in 1871, at a time when Savrasov began to travel especially often to the Volga, trying to find inspiration for work and gain new motives for his works. The artist visited the Volga region from the beginning of the 1870s to 1875. Most of all, Savrasov loved the Volga coast between Yaroslavl and Kostroma.

For the majority of people who are interested in painting, the name “Barge Haulers on the Volga” is associated with Repin's work of the same name. It is believed that the image of the Volga barge haulers was revealed to them. This is a fallacy: the idea to describe their way of life with picturesque means appeared at the turn of the 1860-1870s with Savrasov, who by that time was already an experienced master, and with Repin, who had just begun his artistic career, completely independently. This coincidence is significant, because the artists then did not even hear anything about each other.

The painting "Barge Haulers on the Volga" evokes dreary thoughts. Exhausted faces of barge haulers, tense and harnessed bodies, heavy gait. Screaming poverty and need.

But in spite of everything, the haulers are not suppressed and not clogged. They continue to live, breaking through the difficult trials of life that have befallen them. They do not give up - and this is their strength.

The work conveys the popular mood of the post-reform era: the peasants freed themselves from serfdom and waited for their will. They did not get her. Having gathered the rest of their strength, gritting their teeth, they decided to endure the transitional period following the reform, to suffer for the last time. But now certainly the last.

The talent of the artist-realist is to correctly catch the spilled in the air. The fact that two great Russian artists in the same historical period felt the need to describe the same thing is not surprising: this only confirms their true talent, if not genius.


Watch the video: Alexei Savrasov: A collection of 169 paintings HD (November 2021).