1884, Neskuchnoe (Kursk Gubernia) - 1967, Paris



This painting is based on one of three surviving fragments of a larger composition entitled Reaping. After creating several versions, Zinaida Serebryakova cut them up in frustration, retaining the better sections, including this one. Covering the cut marks with the background and placing the correct painterly accents, Serebryakova turned the composition into a new, independent work. The peasants prepare to sit down and eat, in an unruffled and dignified manner. This work reflects Zinaida Serebryakova’s love of monumental forms and images.

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