posted by Russian Soul Vintage 8-6-2011
Vladimir Makovsky (1846-1920)
In the field of genre painting Makovsky has no equal. He unsurpassed master of the short, bright stories, novellas, master paintings. In his work, he continued and developed the best traditions of the pioneers of the genre in Russian art. In his numerous paintings Vladimir Makovsky spoke and showed the lives of nearly all social groups and classes in Russia. Here, merchants, officials, nobles of all ranks and conditions; Various intellectuals and working people - artisans, craftsmen and peasants, burghers and inhabitants of different ages and characters, clerks, servants and lackeys, beggars, vagrants and convicts, soldiers and gendarmes. All these people depicted in pictures, live and operate in the most familiar and characteristic atmosphere, but the artist has always skillfully chose the moment of action, when most fully reveal human character, human relationships, their social position.
Self-Portrait (1893) Four Hands (1889)
A talented artist, sharply peering into the life around him, deeply compassionate human grief and joy, he created many paintings that tell all about the fate of ordinary people. Almost half a century appeared annually at the shows new works by Makovsky, and people always enjoyed his paintings with the same attention, waiting for them impatiently. Actual content, often involving stinging questions of the day, they were always very clear to the public. life of its creative and social activities aimed at awakening thought and civicconsciousness. As an artist, he is a prominent representative of critical realism in art.
The Village Children (1880)
Makovsky has worked extraordinarily long and hard, his workshop was full of sketches albums various types and stages. In people who posed for him, he could tell the entire history of life: he knew their peculiarities, idiosyncrasies, biography. Images of his genre paintings are very different, but always characterized and typical. Contemporaries of Makovsky convey an interesting fact, when an foreign artist, astonished variety of types of pictures Makovsky, asked him to show his sitters. Makovsky, showing the foreigner in a noisy street, said: "These are my sitters".
The Joint Pleasure (1896) Fisherman (1899)
Biography of Vladimir Makovsky -- Wikipedia