Description of the painting by Alexei Venetsianov “The Reaper”

Description of the painting by Alexei Venetsianov “The Reaper”

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The painting was painted by Venetsianov in the mid-twenties. The canvas is small, only 30X24 in size, but it makes one admire the realism, the beauty of the lines, the solemnity of the whole moment.

The reaper is a very young woman, almost a girl, beautiful in her naturalness. Her face is supposedly lit by the sun. Venetsianov often used this technique, in his understanding to clarify some part of the picture, “to penetrate with the sun”, meant to “revive”.

And indeed, the whole image of the young reaper breathes the fullness of life. The soft oval of a face that has not yet lost its childish roundness, a high, clean forehead, clean hair, puffy lips, a serious, even slightly stern look of huge eyes, the correct shape of the eyebrows - the harmony of the image creates real beauty.

The woman's face is calm and open. The hand does not squeeze the sickle, it is relaxed, now the girl is not working, the artist chose the moment of the celebration of Zazhivya, a holiday that was especially colorful. They prepared specially for Zagnivyu, sewed themselves outfits in advance, women decorated their heads with colorful hats.

It can be seen that this reaper also put on an elegant kokoshnik decorated with a ribbon, her shirt is made of a thin, silky cloth, and they don this one only on holidays, the sundress is trimmed with braid. The image of the reaper is complemented by a wave of ripe, golden ears of corn.

The whole pose of the peasant woman is permeated with solemnity, majesty and a certain symbolism.

The purity and clarity of the image of the reaper conveys the spiritual height of the Russian, peasant woman, the beauty of her aspirations and chastity.

With his picture, the Venetians are trying to show not only difficult peasant everyday life, but also the joy of work, bright, festive parties. And most importantly, the painter wanted to show the dignity of the common people, their greatness and true nobility.

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