Description paintings Yuri Pimenov “Waiting”

Description paintings Yuri Pimenov Waiting

1959

One of the beautiful still lifes of this unusual, broad-minded artist. The picture refers to the “Things of People” cycle and depicts a polished table in front of a window, on which a tall black telephone stands alone. The handset is off the hook and lies next to it. Both the telephone and the receiver are surrounded by a serpentine, twisted black cord. In the background is a window, behind which is gray, cloudless damp, it is raining. Jets of water flow down the glass, making the image in the window unrecognizable, blurry.

All attention in the picture riveted on the phone. He personifies waiting. Waiting… But what? Perhaps this is an important conversation, during which someone’s fate is decided? Or was it a quarrel of two lovers’ hearts, after which the pipe was thrown with anger in order to somehow take out its inner grievance and bitterness? And perhaps, on the contrary, a conversation took place, from which someone found out so pleasant news that he threw the phone for joy, forgetting to put it in its place. There are many options, the author of the picture has created such a multifaceted plot that every person looking at a still life can take this plot on his own account and recognize his situation in it.

However, the gray and black and white tones of the picture still make a bit sad. Even the rain complements the overall image of sadness. It seems to be completely endless, because there is not even a hint of sky clearing beyond the window. From this lonely phone tube lying thinks about something heavy, dreary and sad.

The artist very clearly painted all the glare reflected in the surface of the polished table. This brilliant, like a wet table cover is very harmoniously combined with a wet landscape outside the window, creating a common and complete picture. It must be said that the still-life turned out to be one according to which one can write more than one essay and essay. Because everyone will see in him their own understanding of what is happening.