Children - Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky. Canvas, oil.
An outstanding master of painting, Bogdanov-Belsky, the personality is very interesting and multifaceted. He is a successful, requested artist - his customers were high-ranking people, and members of the imperial family, and intelligentsia, and aristocrats, but peasants, especially children, were always at the heart of his work.
Born in the Russian countryside, Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky preferred to write on rural genre themes. Thanks to his talent, hard work, and strength of character, he was able to grow from a poor son a laborer to a world-famous artist. Bogdanov-Belsky, having spent almost a quarter century abroad, never forgot his roots. After all, once his fate was successful, due to the fact that the abilities of Nicholas were noticed by S. A. Rachinsky - the creator of public schools in the villages. He not only sent a talented boy to school, but also took part in his future life.
Therefore, the theme of the Russian countryside, peasant children, their education, enlightenment occupies a central place in the artist's works. He believes that the children of the village are very direct, sincere, inquisitive, gifted. It gives him great creative satisfaction to write these smart, natural faces of the children.
Surely, Nikolai Petrovich was a very kind and bright man, otherwise his paintings would not have inspired such warmth, sincerity, joy of childhood.
His contemporaries considered him sympathetic and sweetest, soft and easy to communicate with, and his children were sticky to him, all the more so since there was always something tasty for the children in the pockets of his clothes.
In 1910, he painted a simple, but eye-catching painting, "Children."
The canvas is saturated with bright and fresh colors. The author carefully, accurately and accurately writes out every detail - patterns and gaps between the arbor boards, cracked benches, folds of clothes.
An artist who graduated from a college in the landscape class, beautifully writes out nature - the sun's rays spray with glare of light through the delicate, succulent greenery of the foliage, pieces of the blue summer sky peep through it.
On a wooden painted bench in the garden pavilion, two village boys of about seven years old are gracefully folding their hands on their knees. Their poses are a little tense, it feels like they came at the request of the artist to pose for a picture. They are wearing clean shirts, new pants without patches.
The blond-haired boy in the foreground seems more constrained and shy, serious.
The second, in a red shirt and a straw hat, gives the impression of a lively, nimble and lively little boy who was persuaded for a while to sit down on a bench and make a serious face.
The eyes of the children are childishly interested and naive. Surely, after the next session, they impatiently ran to the easel and watched with interest how the picture changed each time after the artist’s work.
Considering the simple, Russian, modest faces of the boys, their hands folded calmly in an adult way, the author creates a general atmosphere of the picture - the peasant children of motherhood are accustomed to work, they are not capricious and not spoiled. They are more mature and sedate, they are without hypocrisy and pretense, here they are in front of you, ordinary boys from the village.
And no matter how their fate subsequently develops, this interesting moment in life will surely remain in their memory.
And the artist knows the price of hard rural work, he himself “left the people”, and therefore believes that childhood is so important for every person, it must be remembered and captured as the most beautiful, carefree period of life.
The paintings of Bogdanov-Belsky attract, first of all, with kindness and love for ingenuous peasant children.
The artist, deprived of family affection, who grew up without a father at his uncle, who considered them to be superfluous eaters with his mother, is very clear and close to the theme of village children. He sympathizes with them, with their future, possibly difficult life.
But now they are children - funny or sad, inquisitive or thoughtful. And Nikolai Petrovich will not stop drawing them until the end of his days.
Unfortunately, the artist himself did not have his own children, but in all his works there is a love and a piece of the author’s soul for children, which made the work of Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky immortal.