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“Laundresses”, Abram Efimovich Arkhipov - description of the painting

“Laundresses”, Abram Efimovich Arkhipov - description of the painting

Laundresses - Abram Efimovich Arkhipov. 91.7 x 71.6 cm

A magnificent art masterpiece was written by A. A talented artist worked on its creation for three years and finished in 1901.

Abram Arkhipov was fascinated by painting plots from the life of the laundresses - peasant women. He was attracted by the image of their figures and bodies, bent over by exhausting labor labor. The plot of the picture appeared due to an accidental visit to Arkhipov one of the Moscow laundries. The artist was looking for new themes for inspiration.

The master visited the institution several times to truly recreate female labor on the canvas. The room was dark and damp. Heavy water vapor was swirling everywhere, and there were practically no amenities for painting. The artist politely invited women to pose in his workshop. The work lasted a very long time. Inspiration went away and visited him again.

Arkhipova was attracted by the figure of an elderly woman in a tired, bent posture. She is wearing a long blue skirt, a white blouse, and a light scarf. She sat down to rest, relieving the pain in her back muscles, tense from hard work. The woman looks thoughtfully at the floor. The artist portrayed her as truthfully and reliably as his high creative orientation allowed.

In the background paintings of the washerwoman are depicted from the back. They are dressed in work clothes with aprons. On the left is a gray-haired woman washing clothes in the tub. On the table is a jug standing on a white cloth. On the floor are scraps of matter. Daylight penetrates a small window. He dilutes the dark dusk of the basement with his brilliance.


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