Harvest - Arkady A. Plastov. Oil on Canvas 166 x 219 cm
1945, the war just ended. Before us, on the edge of the field, a white-bearded old man and three children settled down for lunch.
Grandfather is sitting on the right, wearing a blue shirt and pants that have faded, an old brown coat thrown over his shoulders. On his feet trampled shoes shod in footcloths. Exhausted hands with swollen veins carefully hold a slice of brown bread and a wooden spoon. A small black dog with a beige breast beside him is patiently waiting for his share.
Next to him is a teenager kneeling in a white, spacious shirt. He eagerly drinks water from a large green-red clay jug, holding it tight with thin hands. He has burnt blond hair, cheekbones stand out clearly on a weathered tanned face.
On the left is a little girl dressed in a little black jacket and red skirt. Two tight dark chestnut pigtails tied with a blue ribbon peep out from under a white handkerchief. She gently brings a spoon to her mouth.
Behind her was another boy a little older. Against the background of a yellow-green shirt, overgrown red hair plays with golden highlights. A gentle blush lies on children's cheeks. Everyone eats very concentrated and silently.
After eating, they again have to do the hard work - they need to squeeze the bread on the edge of the field, where the reapers on horses cannot pass. They work with sickles and a scythe, which at lunch time they stuck in a shock, take off next to it. The rake lies neatly next to it. Not a single grain should be lost, therefore the fallen spikelets are carefully collected in a bucket standing on the right.
The soft color of the picture. The main color is calm golden, honey-yellow, pale straw shades of large stacks and a harvested field. Against this background, color spots stand out that the artist focuses on: cheerful red, pure white and cheerful yellow in the image of children, wise blue and calm brown in the clothes of an old man.
In the background, already sloping fields stretch to the horizon. Horse-drawn carts drive sheaves to huge yellow-red stacks. On the right is a strip of still uncompressed bread, heavy ears of corn bent to the ground.
Light fluffy clouds float across the high blue sky. And, of course, a lot of small details that add vividness to the canvas: blue cornflowers in straw, green pot-bellied cucumbers, blue mug, amber reflection of a wooden spoon.
Amazes the reality of the image. This is a real hymn to work, people's resilience, not without reason this canvas, along with the painting "Haymaking", was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1946.