Description of the painting by Ilya Mashkov “Still Life with a Samovar”

Description of the painting by Ilya Mashkov Still Life with a Samovar

The painting of the Russian artist is distinguished by its interesting combination of objects, in which a truly complex meaning is hidden. The explanation of the combination of objects and their symbolization is the main task of not only the person who is trying to grasp this meaning, but also the artist.

The still life depicts household items used by a simple person – a samovar and butter dish, giving the picture a special color and warmth, and a bright porcelain plate and fruit symbolize joy and festivity, the ability to enjoy minor things. In the picture there is another very interesting detail that becomes the subject of ambiguity of the picture and incomprehensible sensations. The skull symbolizing such an unusual object became symbolic, and the mirror in the still-life shows that nothing is forever and the world undergoes changes. Those feelings and world perception that arise at first glance necessarily change, especially if we look at this still life. The picture is of particular interest also because, depending on what comes into view and the picture is formed.

In contrast to such items as a skull and a mirror, the artist was able to convey rich colors and mood through a combination of different palettes. The artist, who was able to stop this moment and capture the picture, was able to achieve infinity and eternity. Looking at the picture, you can always admire and open the still life in a new way. The uniqueness of this masterpiece lies in the fact that it reveals more and more facets, leaving the person only the philosophical questions of the frailty of life.

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