Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov is one of the main Russian painters who have long shown on their canvases parables, stories, epics, accompanying the movement of vital force in people’s souls. Realism, acting in the paintings of the artist, makes you think about the truth of life.
The painting “Reaper” – the result of the artist. The work was written in 1867. This period fell on the educational process of the master in the drawing school of the Society for the Promotion of Arts. The history of painting is accompanied by the attitude of Vasnetsov to the working life of the peasants. The simplicity and timidity of the Russian soul is so fascinated that the figures that appeared in the works of the creator, as if revived when looking at them.
The girl in the picture is a peasant family, full of moments of Russian poetic creativity and the truth of life. The convincing image of a Russian woman in the process of work shows how hard the intended action is performed. Unpretentiousness and timidity are pronounced on the girl’s face. The yellowness of the field reflects the arrival of the autumn harvest, knitting of sheaves and billets for the winter. The red handkerchief is tightly tied so that the hair does not flow in the wind. A neat sundress and a white shirt make the peasant woman both personable and simple. Far away you can see village houses, shrouded in a small haze.
Small in size work “Reaper” embodied significant features and monumentality. A background of ears of corn creates a majestic plan for a peasant girl. Bare feet do not spoil the skin. The lack of shoes shows that there are no barriers to doing their job.
Viktor Mikhailovich depicts the power of the Russian soul, which is not afraid of oppression and misfortune. All this is embodied in one fragile girl. The mastery of Russian art has always been on top, as the canvases embody humanity and work that cannot be broken.