For a peasant, summer is not a wonderful time for rest, but a time of hard work, because, as they say, a summer day feeds the winter. Sergeev depicted the most trembling theme – haymaking. After all, it is at this time that people’s dependence on nature is visible. The grass should grow, there will be a lot of sun and little rain – the cattle will be left without feed, the grass will burn. During mowing, if it rains, the grass will rot, again it will be difficult to feed the farmer cattle. At this time, no one is sitting without work. We see the family in the picture, which left the field for a long time.
They took with them even the bulls that are harnessed, most likely ready to export hay. The place for haymaking turned out to be notable: near the forest, water. Water is always stronger, juicier by water. From the fact that the artist depicted harnessed oxen, we see that the hot season is coming to an end. Clouds are gathering in the sky, it’s time to finish the work. For the preparation of food spent not a little effort.
Most likely the composition of this family is not small. The artist depicted four men finishing kosby, they remain a small area near the reservoir. Women in the distance rake grass, collecting it in a stack. Everyone is tired. This is evident because a woman with fatigue is drinking water straight from a jug, a man comes to her, lighting a cigarette and throwing a braid over her shoulder, most likely her husband. A woman rakes grass, next to the cart are rakes, left for a short time.
This family is not the only one on the field. Most likely the terrain is divided into several plots, given to different families. Far in the distance there are heads of peasants dressed in white headdresses, putting quite a few stacks. There is no grass left on the meadow, it stands empty, with stacked stacks – the result of their difficult peasant labor. Green haystacks, which have just been mowed, speak of a difficult time, when forgetting about fatigue and midges, you must continue your work. The cart is already drawn, and the oxen stand ready. Home soon.