Description of the painting by Konstantin Makovsky “In the Park”

Description of the painting by Konstantin Makovsky In the Park

Date of writing – 1881

In the picture the artist depicted his family: his wife – Yu. P. Makovskaya, children – Konstantin, Alexander, Elena. The teacher attends the children for a walk.

Before the viewer – the genre scene. The family went for a walk. Mom is located on the grass under a tree. From the hot sun rays it closes with a bright red umbrella – nature is experiencing the height of the day.

The nanny of children, a woman of advanced years, is comfortably situated in the shade of dense greenery, on a bench. She took with her handicrafts so that in rare moments of peace she would not spend time in idleness. There is an umbrella next to the bench, however, it has not yet been used, therefore it is complicated. Not far from a bench on the ground, a nanny of a crank is thrown – an elderly woman, obviously, is already hard to move without support.

Despite the warm weather, she has a long light jacket with sleeves. She is busy with knitting, but does not let out of sight of children playing nearby, right in the park alley.

The children are dressed in the fashion of the end of the 19th century: the boy has a white sailor suit, the girls are dressed up in summer dresses beautifully decorated with lace and ruffles. On the heads of all three are children’s straw hats decorated with ribbons.

Trinity is keen on some very important childish business. The face of the girl in the white dress is not visible – she is depicted from the back. On the face of her sister read joyful pleasure from what is happening, the profile of the boy expresses interest – he is absorbed in the actions of the sisters.

Next to the children, right on the ground, the artist imprinted toys taken for a walk – a children’s rake and a watering can, a ball. A small shoulder blade is clearly involved in the process – it is set aside at arm’s length from the little girl in a white dress. One can see a small fragment of green leaves – it can be assumed that the company is busy planting a found tree branch.

A large place in the image of a resting family is taken by the surrounding nature – branches, leaves of trees, rare yellow wild flowers in a small clearing are carefully traced.

The picture is written in a lively, realistic manner, stored in St. Petersburg, in the collection of paintings of the Russian Museum.

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