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Description of the painting Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin “Playing Boys”


The work of the Russian artist Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov - Vodkin is filled with philosophy and nationalistic thoughts. He lived in a difficult time for the Russian Empire, which could not but affect his work.

In his art, the Russian artist chose a thorny path, constantly being criticized either by proponents of academic painting, or by innovators. But at the same time Kuzma Sergeevich was able to maintain his originality and he was destined to become a bridge that connects different times and eras.

Petrov Vodkin enthusiastically met the February and October Revolution of 1917, this is evidenced by the painting "Boys", written on March 28, 1916.

The artist, with his pre-revolutionary picture, represents the hero from the ideological “reds” to the viewer. He placed it in the very center of his picture, depicting with his hand raised up, dragging as yet ordinary people. The hero on the left is already ready to join the revolutionary movement - this is evidenced by his ready-to-fight pose and gesture, saluting, raised up to the "red" hand. And the man on the right is still sitting on the ground on his knees, bowing to the old regime, but he has already given his hand to the “red” and is about to rise from his knees. In this picture, as in most others, Kuzma Sergeyevich observes the clarity of colors characteristic of his work.

A year after the October Revolution, on the anniversary of October, Petrov - Vodkin painted a whole series of paintings, drawing, with the help of his students, the whole city of Petrograd.

Having the experience of Renaissance masters, Petrov-Vodkin remained deeply Russian and national artist.

In his work "Boys", as in all his other paintings, there is a real Russian spirit. With Petrov-Vodkin, everyone can discover something new for himself, while he makes the viewer to be a co-author in understanding his thoughtful work.





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