Haymaking - Arkady Aleksandrovich Plastov. 193 x 232 cm
The summer of 1945, the war ended just recently, the country was rejoicing, returning to peaceful life. A picture filled with sunlight captures the eye. Its plot is straightforward - there is haymaking, but thanks to the variety of shining colors and shades, a festive mood is created.
A wonderful summer morning. In the foreground is a magnificent flowering meadow. An incredible amount of color is used by the artist. He writes with juicy strokes saffron flowers of St. John's wort, tender yellow clover inflorescences, blue-blue, lilac, and purple bells.
Among the tall, lush grass, the fluffy pink bluegrass spikelets and small white-pink flowers of the mountaineer gathered in dense spikelets quietly sway from the wind. In the emerald green, field daisies turn white. Orange butterfly wings are cast in gold. Beetles crawl along the emerald stems of grass blades. A riot of color! The buzzing of shaggy bumblebee collecting nectar, the chatter of grasshoppers, and the quiet whistling of braids, cutting off thick grass, is heard.
In the center of the picture we see four mowers walking in a meadow one after another. The first is a tanned daughter-in-law, dressed in dark brown pants. It is evident that this work is familiar to him, it is not in vain that he goes ahead, setting the pace and width of the swath. Strong hands confidently and deftly hold the braid. His face turned red, his skin moist with sweat glistens in the sun.
A middle-aged skinny woman, dressed in a bright colorful dress, mows behind him. A white headscarf covers her head.
Third in a row is an elderly bearded man in a spacious turquoise blue shirt and dark trousers. Curly brown hair is cast with copper in the sun, the dark complexion is flushed. Strong arms with swollen veins are visible from beneath the rolled up sleeves.
The last is a gray-haired grandfather in a pale green shirt. He is a little tired, but tries to keep up with the rest of the mowers.
The braids walk easily and rhythmically, leaving smooth rows of freshly cut grass. People's eyes are concentrated, they will only admire the surrounding beauty after work. The artist knew rural work well, knew how to mow, so the images of people are so reliable and real.
To the right of the mowers is a small birch grove. Sunny bunnies sparkle merrily on slender white trunks, bright green foliage of birches. The painter uses many shades of green - from very pale, almost silver, to juicy dark grassy. A small breeze sways the hanging branches.
Behind the grove stands a coniferous forest, which seems completely dark against the background of a flowering meadow. A few pale green young fir-trees stretch to the sky. In the background, in the background of the picture, stretched sloping fields with large stacks of hay are visible. The distant forest on the horizon shines with blue-green turquoise shades.
The high blue sky with light clouds adds space and air to the image. One would like to visit this meadow, inhale the smell of freshly cut grass and the bitter aroma of wildflowers.
This is one of the most life-affirming paintings of the master. The painter managed to convey feelings of joy and happiness of a peaceful life, inspiration and optimism. In 1946, A.A. Plastov was awarded the Stalin Prize for her and for the picture "Harvest".