Paintings

Description of Nikolai Yaroshenko's painting “Everywhere is Life”


Yaroshenko is a Russian wanderer, an extremely versatile person. He gave preference to portraits and plot scenes (as rules from the life of the peasantry, with the so-called “people's longing”), worked in the style of realism, sometimes provoking with his paintings a lot of controversy and extremely versatile reactions from both viewers and critics.

“Everywhere Life” is his most scandalous picture, which caused a raging and fermented mind, accusations of idealizing and whitewashing ordinary criminals, as well as offensive teasers like re-labeling the name “Everywhere is a Trend”. It depicts a prison carriage, greenish, flaky, stopping at some stop. A small barred window crowds its inhabitants.

A woman in black with a serious, sad face is most likely a widow. A bearded peasant, a Cossack with a mustache and a forelock, a soldier in a hat, peering out from behind a white light. A small child who is held together by the window.

And below, by the car, doves scurry around. The prisoners throw something at them — crumbs, it must be — and the pigeons push around, peck on the ground what they have not yet managed to pick up. The faces of people looking at them glow. The child rejoices at the birds, the rest yearn for freedom, envious of the pigeons and their ability to fly away. Nowhere is their appreciation of their innocence given, but he does not look like villains. There is no hint of a rare smile, that the joy of the usual kind little things like feeding pigeons is unusual for them.

Behind them, in the darkness of the carriage, the silhouette of another prisoner is visible. He looms against the background of the window in the pose of the hero of the “Prisoner” from another picture of Yaroshenko, which more than obviously indicates that this person.

The whole picture seems faded - the sky is gray, the pigeons also do not seem very bright, the platform is grayish, and the carriage has been shabby for a long time - and only people's faces attract the eye, breaking out of the general grayness. They are illuminated by internal light.





Vasily Surikova Boyarynya Morozova


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