The greatest Russian painter Alexei Venetsianov painted an extraordinary picture “Haymaking”, which has received tremendous attention from artists to this day.
The work fully conveys the mood and atmosphere of the past. At first glance, the plot seems uncomplicated, simple and understandable for everyone, but having plunged into the life of those years, you can feel the profoundness of the work.
Each picture conveys a story, and with it a lot of mysteries, which everyone will solve differently.
It is time for haymaking: natural gifts have appeared in their very maturity and beauty. A peasant woman is breastfeeding a baby lying on her lap, turning her gaze to the girl sitting on her right. She is in sandals, next to her are working tools – a rake. Behind there are people working in the same area. In the face of a woman you can see how hard her job is, how tired she is.
The nature depicted by the author harmoniously joins the everyday life of the working people. Venetsianov shows the beauty of Russian villages, spacious fields, the charm of hot weather and hard peasant labor. The artist tried to convey the integrity of the natural world and the human, their absolute understanding between themselves and harmonious relationships. The Russian field is depicted as it was – real, unvarnished, natural.
The image of Russian peasants often attracted the creators: they saw something genuine in them, something that they had to capture on canvases. Venetsianov managed to bring this authenticity, the atmosphere of everyday life and the purity of the Russian soul through the generations. The painting is kept in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, so everyone can dive into that era, enjoying the beauty and charm of peasant life.