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Painting Children Running from a Thunderstorm, Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky - description

Painting Children Running from a Thunderstorm, Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky - description

Children fleeing a thunderstorm - Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky. Oil on Canvas 167 x 102

One of Konstantin Makovsky’s most famous works, Children Running from a Thunderstorm, was written in 1872. This period of the artist’s creative work, which was distinguished by versatility, is called by critics “mobility”. The artist actively participated in traveling exhibitions, supporting the ideas of I. Kramskoy, V. Perov, N. Myasoedov, N. Ge and other masters who defied dry academicism.

The work presented is incredibly emotional and vibrant. The main characters, children, are brought to the forefront by the artist - the viewer is so close to the guys that he can see in detail the emotions on their young faces, and it seems that we ourselves are ready to run around the field, trying to overtake the inexorably approaching thunderstorm.

The sky darkened, and heavy thunderclouds bent to the ground. Everything speaks of a rainy element, which is about to begin. However, this weather seems to be a disaster for children, and the expression on the girl’s face is particularly exciting. Involuntarily you begin to think: what so scared the heroes? Does a thunderstorm bring such horror to village children, or does a barefoot girl care about something else, for example, is she afraid that her little brother will get wet and be scolded at home? Indeed, the difficult rural life introduced a simple rule - the care of the youngest children rests entirely with the elders, so the heroine’s concern is not unfounded.

The scenery that “built” around the actors Makovsky, echo their mood. Even a shaky bridge introduces some kind of uncertainty - it seems that upset children should step on it and it will simply fall apart. The boy looks very moving. His hair is fluttered by the wind, his bare legs dangling, and his arms tightly grasped the elder sister's neck.

Where did these colorful children come from? History, fortunately, has retained some information for us. Like many of the Wanderers, Makovsky traveled around the Russian provinces to make sketches and find new subjects. Working in one of the towns of the Tver province, the painter met a peasant girl, brisk and courageous. Once again, when the master went to the open air with an easel, he was surrounded by a handful of peasant children.

It was the girl from the picture who began shamelessly asking what Makovsky was doing. After giving an explanation to the girl, the artist suggested drawing it. A posing session was scheduled for the next day, however, the young model did not appear for tomorrow. But her younger brother came running, who explained to Konstantin Yegorovich that the sister got sick - in the evening they went to the forest for mushrooms, and when they returned, they were caught in a thunderstorm. Running through the bridge, the sister slipped and got bogged down in the stream, and there she got sick while getting out.

The artist decided to reproduce this whole story on canvas. Later, when the picture was exhibited and gained fame, Makovsky recalled the big-eyed peasant girl, and said - so that she would know what this campaign for mushrooms resulted in.

And it turned into a wonderful work, lively and touching. The artist masterfully depicted not only the guys, but also the background. The sky is written out with the maximum realism - here there are gray clouds, and blue gaps, and sun glare breaking through the darkness, which illuminate a strip of field. Grass almost does not sway, while the hair of children speaks of a gusty wind. Makovsky possessed amazing observation power to notice such detailed pre-thunderstorm nuances, and filigree technique to delightfully convey this on the canvas.

A distinctive feature of Makovsky of this period is not a conviction, but a search for aesthetics. For the most part, the peasants on his canvases are beautiful, and the children are neat with a chubby blush. The paintings of the painter evoke mixed feelings of tenderness, sentimentality and sadness.


Watch the video: Konstantin Makovsky (November 2021).