“Harvest”, Zinaida Evgenievna Serebryakova – description of the painting

Description of the picture:

Harvest – Zinaida Evgenievna Serebryakova. Canvas, oil. 142 x 177 cm

A remarkable artwork was written by Z.E. Serebryakova! The picture “Harvest” was created before the October Revolution in the style of realism.

Before the October Revolution, Zinaida Evgenievna worked a lot on paintings and sketches, depicting Russian peasant life on them. This was one of her favorite topics. She was attracted by these features, coupled with their difficult life, and creativity carried a certain incentive. The work was written in the native village of Neskuchny.

In the foreground of the picture are gold fields and a vast expanse of blue sky, against the background of which are depicted four peasant women resting after labor in the field. They got together, stand, sit, talk. Each of them is busy with its own business. The artist posed for girls from her village: Martha, Marina, Anna and Katerina. She really loved the Russian people, their sufferings and aspirations, strong spiritual strength and faith in a happy future.

Two of them are standing, looking at each other. One holds a rake with a bundle of ears under the arm. The other has a barrel of water. In the hot season, clean, spring water quenches their thirst. The third girl is holding a krynka with fresh milk. Fourth – cuts bread. That’s the whole peasant breakfast!

In the work, Zinaida Evgenievna used bright saturated colors of yellow and orange. They are perfectly combined with green and soft blue tones. The plot is depicted on a hot, sunny day against a high horizon. In the background are paintings of village houses and a rural church.

A peasant meal in the field gives the composition a special originality. There are no men in the field work, apparently they are called up for military service, where they carry their duty to their homeland. Women work without them. They are strong, strong in body and spirit. Their tanned bodies and clothes are in perfect harmony with the red-gold color of ripe ears, filling the picture with extraordinary warmth. From the peasant women blows sunlight. They seem to be penetrated through them and bring love and goodness to the world around them. Their earthly characters are blessed! Zinaida Serebryakova vividly conveyed in her artwork the physical and spiritual beauty of Russian women.

A magnificent masterpiece gives a pleasant experience! It is filled with divine warmth and tenderness, charges viewers with favorable energy. The picture heals from anxiety and depression, strengthens the immune system, stimulates intellectual abilities. She looks great in the home interior of the living room and study."