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“Teacher’s birthday”, Bogdanov-Belsky - description of the painting

“Teacher’s birthday”, Bogdanov-Belsky - description of the painting

The teacher’s birthday is Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky. 76.5 x 96 cm

Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky is called a folk, peasant artist. Although he painted emperors, and the intelligentsia, and aristocrats, his special love for rural children, for the Russian landscape was bestowed on him by the artist from above and this theme passes through all his work.

Nikolai Petrovich came from the bottom, the illegitimate son of a poor laborer and all the way to him - in the same disenfranchised laborers. But fate turned out differently, he was able to get an education and become a famous artist with a worldwide reputation.

His lucky star was Sergey Aleksandrovich Rachinsky. Rachinsky founder of schools for ordinary peasant children, he was a scientist, professor at Moscow University, mathematician, botanist, teacher. But he left for the village of Tatevo, Tver Region, where he founded the first public school, in which Bogdanov-Belsky was fortunate enough to study for two years.

A simple village school and its inhabitants became the foundation of creativity for the future artist. And the atmosphere that Rachinsky created in the relationship between students and teachers remained forever in the memory of Bogdanov-Belsky. It was not a relationship of "nobles" and "peasants", but normal human relations - warm, friendly, sincere and trusting.

One of the works of Bogdanov-Belsky perfectly reflects precisely such a connection between the teacher and students - “Teacher’s birthday”. It was written in the house of the landowner Ushakov, in the village of Ostrovno.

How sunny and warm the artist’s memories were to paint this good picture. The teacher invited her students to her birthday. They are all dressed up, clean shirts, new dresses, neat hairstyles.

There is a modest feast on the table, but for village children there are a lot of goodies - beloved bagels, pieces of sugar and even jam. In the center of the table is a beautiful blue bouquet of flowers and garden gifts - juicy strong apples.

A large brilliant samovar near the hostess of the celebration, she only manages to pour tea to lovers of tea. The children are still a little shackled, and therefore carefully blow on the saucers and are very focused on this important matter. In the foreground are two empty glasses with spoons, perhaps not all the children have come.

The teacher with a soft smile on her face is surely very beloved by the students, and they gladly came to visit her, they are interested in spending time together, not only at school.

All this picturesque group is located in a garden flooded with light that merrily breaks through tree branches, plays with sun-bunnies on a festive white tablecloth, on the heads and faces of those present.

Bogdanov-Belsky trained as a landscape painter, and, being in France, was imbued with the ideas of impressionism. All the expression of this genre was reflected in the play of shadows and lights on the table, in the artist's writing of foliage and tree branches.

What light, ringing and airy colors they use. You can feel the transparency and warmth of the air, the rustling of leaves, the whisper of the breeze. The whole canvas is filled with bright and joyful light, the smells of summer and childhood.


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