“Grandfather and grandson” - Vasily Grigorievich Perov. 78 x 62 cm
The critical and satirical view of the artist Vasily Perov can be traced in many of his works. He is known for his work on the life and life of ordinary people, about their oppressed and disenfranchised position in society, about unhappy children, poor old people, and humiliated and insulted people.
The picture of Vasily Perov about his grandfather and grandson is also realistic, but considering it, the viewer does not have a feeling of melancholy and hopelessness, because it is filled with love.
In a remote corner of a poor hut all simple, but important and necessary in everyday life peasant utensils are collected. Clay jugs and jugs, sieve, cast iron and baskets. In the lower right part of the canvas is a manual mill-millstone, without it it is impossible to farm.
On the ropes stretched along the wall, wretched clothes are dried. On a hook driven into the ceiling, a cradle is suspended. The whole situation speaks of the need of the people living here.
Here is the main character sitting on a roughly knocked together bench. A sedate, old-fashioned, gray-haired beard with a patched shirt and trampled bast shoes. Granddaughter gently leaned towards him - a smart little boy with mischievous eyes and a cap of wavy blond curls.
He turned his grandfather to his grandfather, and he combed his naughty hair with a wooden comb. For such an important matter, they both set aside their daily activities.
What calmness and love the whole composition breathes, both heroes are full of family warmth and spiritual peace. They are so good and comfortable together, they are happy with this moment, right here and now. And it doesn’t matter what kind of decoration is around, if there is a soulmate nearby.
The range of colors used by the painter is neither large nor saturated. But they are warm, with a mass of halftones and transitions that give the greatest realism to the canvas.
This work of Vasily Perov, as well as many others, undoubtedly left a mark in the history of Russian painting. Because he not only brilliantly owns the brush, but he is also an artist who is sensitive and subtle about social phenomena, understands the psychology of man and knows how to show this at the highest aesthetic level in his paintings.
His work had a huge impact on society and progressive people of the 19th century. The artist himself always sought to ensure that his work was closer to the people, intelligible and understandable to everyone. Therefore, his pictorial language has survived the time and still viewers watch, study the paintings of Perov, sympathize and understand the heroes of his stories.