Description of the painting by Martiros Saryan “Still Life”

Description of the painting by Martiros Saryan Still Life

Martiros Sergeevich Saryan used tempera for writing his still life, it is thanks to this mixture that such brightness and brilliance, richness of color is achieved. A large bouquet of fragrant flowers seems to occupy the entire space of a still life, and in spite of all the original content of the name of this genre, the composition looks more lively than ever and rich in dynamic colors. A variety of flowers are contained in these lush bouquets, it is difficult to imagine what flavor reigns in the room where the artist painted his picture.

The buds, which are filled with aroma and brightness, ripen in a few seconds and are balanced due to the calm background, which hardly attracts the viewer’s attention. It is extremely difficult to find in Saryan two identical flowers. All of them are unique in color shades and structure. Bouquets symbolize the diversity of oriental flavor, they sing in unison the most diverse songs of the peoples of the east.

The picture is devoid of excess space, that is, thanks to the dazzling flowers, we will not see extensive “gaps” in its composition, it is all filled with lush flowering and charm of wildflowers. That is why Martiros Sergeyevich Saryan is often called the artist-creator of widescreen panels. The color painting of a still life can rightly be considered Central Asian, since all images, small details look charmingly primitive, but simplified images most faithfully convey the spirit of Eastern peoples – incredibly diverse in all its manifestations, loud, sometimes screaming and, undoubtedly festive and bright.

In addition, it is known for certain that at the time of writing this still-life the artist visited Persia, from where he drew inspiration for writing such a bright, variegated canvas.