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“At another's happiness”, Grigory G. Myasoedov - description of the painting

“At another's happiness”, Grigory G. Myasoedov - description of the painting

The happiness of others is Grigory Grigorievich Myasoedov. 72 x 89 cm

Grigory Grigoryevich Myasoedov was and remains one of the famous masters of the domestic genre. Interested in the real, everyday life of ordinary people, subtly noting their feelings and emotions, he conveyed everything he saw on his canvases.

The picture has a simple plot: a meeting of two friends. A light-flooded room in a rich house with delicate tints flickers gray-blue silk on the walls, caskets and a gilded candelabra are on the fireplace decorated with sculptures. The purple curtains fall in soft folds, the lamp by the icon in the corner burns with a small twinkle.

On a graceful table, covered with a tablecloth, a silver teapot and milkman sparkle cheerfully, a patterned cup stands on a saucer. A lyrical, cozy picture, but holding up your eyes a little longer, you feel the feeling of peace and calm disappearing.

Sunlight divides the room into two parts. Well-lit by the sun, a mistress sits on a sofa in a lush white dress and a lace cap. Smiling affectionately, she carefully holds the curly blond baby. Her whole appearance breathes love and tenderness.

Opposite her, her friend is sitting on a chair, hopelessness is felt in her pose. The sun's rays only glide over her figure, illuminating velvet skin, shimmer with dull gold on the heavy folds of a silk skirt, and with deep azure spots shade the deep blue of the jacket.

Propping her cheek with her hand, she admires the mother and child. But sadly her face, a thoughtful look betrays regret for unfulfilled dreams. Only a small fluffy kitten quietly lies at her feet.

Two such different fates of young women are before us - one shines with the joy of a happy marriage and motherhood, and the other is full of disappointment and bitter loneliness.

The picture gives rise to feelings of sadness and empathy. Nevertheless, the delicate canvases filled with pearl light give hope for future happiness and the belief that dreams can still come true.


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