1868, Shitiki (Smolensk Province) - 1945, Berlin

At the Doors of a School


Descending from peasant class, Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky dedicated a significant portion of his work to rural schoolchildren. His heroes hover indecisively at the classroom door, solve problems at the blackboard, read books or converse with the teacher. The master''''s idealistic paintings upheld the notion that education was capable of improving public morality and overcoming the backwardness of the Russian countryside. This lovingly painted and slightly sentimental canvas was possibly inspired by the personal memories of the artist, who attended Sergei Rachinsky''''s village school in Tatevo, Smolensk Province.

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