Description of the painting by Nadezhda Udaltsova “Restaurant”

Description of the painting by Nadezhda Udaltsova Restaurant

Udaltsova was a bright representative of the Russian avant-garde, so her work “Restaurant” is the embodiment of madness, chaos and disorder. Udaltsova drew this work on the wave of the popularity of the direction called “cubism”. The founder of Cubism was the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, perhaps that is why in this work we see so many references to Spanish culture.

At the very top of the work the inscription “Restaurant” (Restaurant) is displayed in large letters. Thus, the artist explains to us what is depicted in the picture. There is no foreground or background. The meaning of Cubism and the avant-garde is to violate all the laws of morality, physics and life, so all the objects seem to be broken, split, split in two.

In the distance you can see the silhouette of the door that leads to the establishment. The front is a large double bass, which, because of the bright searchlight, begins to glow blue. A little higher, in the air, hovers a newspaper or a poster that announces the upcoming dance concert, where the rhythm of passionate tango will be heard.

In the middle of the picture, as well as in the middle of the restaurant, there are two people behind a round, bright red table. The man and his lady went on a date. He is in a black tuxedo, she is in a red fitted dress and a hat with feathers that stream a waterfall. Young couple exploring the menu. A helpful waiter brought a plate of grapes to the guests, set up glasses and opened the wine. A bright spotlight does not allow a young couple to be alone – they are in the center of attention.

The picture is painted with bright colors. Sometimes it seems as if the artist has switched to pastel or too pererashila brush with paint to achieve the effect of relief, blurred lines. She confuses us. Fragments of details mislead us and do not allow us to see the full picture of what is happening in the restaurant.