Vladimir Makovsky is known as a diverse artist. His paintings are always full of different emotions: humor, irony; always the artist expresses his attitude to what is happening. Makovsky tried to faithfully convey the life and life of the most diverse strata of Russian society. In his paintings could be tramplers, beggars, peasants, artisans, officials, merchants, and nobles.
The painting “The collapse of the bank” was written in the period of the artist’s heyday. It shows the premises of the Moscow Loan Bank at the moment when a lot of investors gathered in it, hoping to save at least some of the money invested.
Each character depicted in the picture is unique. Everyone has his own character, conceived by the artist – this can be seen by the pose of a person, his face, gestures. People react to the same event in different ways – the artist masterfully depicted grief, anger, despair. Someone is indignant, someone is trying to find a way out of the situation and asks what to do, someone is desperate, and it can be seen on his face. The left side of the canvas depicts a grandmother, who was not well from such news.
Much attention is paid to the artist color. The canvas is made in cold colors: gray, blue, and black color prevail. The lighting is dim, soft. This color emphasizes the expressiveness of the faces and poses of the characters.
The originality of the picture of the picture speaks about Makovsky’s broad outlook, about his compassion for ordinary people.