In his earlier period the artist frequently turned to peasant themes. Unlike the genre paintings of his contemporaries, however, Konstantin Makovsky s peasant works are free of socially denunciatory features. Makovsky continued the tradition of po¬eticising peasant life begun in Russian painting by Alexei Venetsianov. Many facets typical of Kon-stantin Makovsky s oeuvre are concentrated in this small canvas interest in the ethnography of the Russian Empire, love of depicting genre details and reverence for the themes of motherhood and childhood.
«Виртуальный Русский музей» в социальных сетях: