In 1915, Stanislav Yulianovich Zhukovsky presents to the world a wonderful and very atmospheric picture – “Easter Still Life”. It is also interesting in that it allows us to imagine the life of a not rich aristocrat of the time when the revolution was already knocking on all doors.
Zhukovsky must not only want us to demonstrate the modest pomp of the festival, but also make us think that everything in this life is passing and outgoing, because in just two years the owners of this wonderful room will celebrate Easter at best somewhere abroad.
The picture amazes with its likelihood and brilliance – oil paints with Zhukovsky’s talented hand create an atmosphere of festive comfort and warmth. The artist shows us only a part of a beautiful, but judging by the cramped atmosphere, a small room, the focal point of which is the festively decorated table.
The atmosphere that prevails on the canvas was conveyed by the talented poet Ivan Yesaulkov: “The Easter table is almost ready for reception…” and the truth is, the main dishes are cakes and eggs – “… Krashenki – lie in the foreground… and Easter cakes the air mass beckons… “are waiting for their guests, and those probably already somewhere close, on the threshold, in anticipation of a festive dinner.
“The light has long been impatiently wandering…” – despite its crampedness, the room is filled with light and air, which Zhukovsky sought to convey in each stroke. It seems that you are not looking at her, but you are in it and can touch the cutlery, sit on a draped sofa, wait for guests with the Easter liturgy and invite them to the table.