Gumno by Alexei Venetsianov

Gumno by Alexei Venetsianov

Alexei Gavrilovich Venetsianov – the pioneer of everyday genre in Russian painting. The theme of his work was the consonance of the world of nature and peasant life, poeticized and ennobled. After serving in the capital, Venetsianov moved to the village, where, watching the life of the peasants, he created a series of works full of idealism and artless sublimity.

Gumno lovingly depicted by the artist. The mise-en-scenes, built by the painter on the canvas, represent the viewer the types of daily peasant labor, but they do not have a hint of the severity and routine of life in the village. Actions captured

by the artist are not so dynamic, they seem to be of an introverted, contemplative nature, thereby elevating the theme of labor to its epic reading. Each villager contributes his small contribution to the benefit of cultivating common land and harvesting.

The theme of agriculture and fertility in the works of Venetsianov takes on a sacred sound. In comparison with the historical painting of contemporaries on ancient themes, the canvases of Venetsianov became a genuine discovery for the metropolitan public of the first half of the 19th century. Created by the master art school for gifted young people refers to the phenomena of culture of this time.

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