Seventeenth-Century Merchant Family
This picture occupies a prominent place in the art of Andrei Ryabushkin. The artist paints a general image of a patriarchal Russian family, addressing the traditions of Old Russian art. The monumental composition, flat modelling of forms and the heavy and static figures were typical of the first period in the history of secular portraiture in Russia — the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The bright patterns and rich tones lend a decorative ring to this work. The picture was highly praised at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900.