Repair work on the railway - Konstantin Apollonovich Savitsky. 103 x 180.8 cm
The presented picture is a very atmospheric work of Konstantin Savitsky. The multi-figured composition with many elements has a definite message - the author sympathizes with the hard work of ordinary workers who rebuild the railway, armed with primitive tools (shovels, pickaxes, wooden cars that can not withstand gravity).
The idea of the picture originated in the summer of 1873 in the Tula province, where Savitsky was relaxing with his friends-artists Ivan Kramsky and Ivan Shishkin. Living in the immediate vicinity of the Kozlov Zasek station, the painters witnessed the hard work of laying tracks. Savitsky almost every day went to the tracks to write sketches and sketches.
The ordinary working life of a common people is perceived as a feat. Everyday life of these people is filled with hard work, since of all available forces at that time there was only draft and human (which was much cheaper). Savitsky sympathizes and admires the workers who, with their incredible efforts, bring to life the invention, for which the future is the railway.
But before us is not a faceless mass, the author deliberately identifies several men: a strong, sinewy man in a white scarf in the foreground, a gloomy worker, whose face is covered with black hair, a young guy who barely holds a heavy wheelbarrow.
An ordinary labor feat is committed against the backdrop of an elegant village landscape. And this contrast also has its own dynamics: a calm, peaceful background and people outside this beauty, united in a hurricane rhythm, which are set by the creaking wheels of the carts and heavy blows of axes.
The painting was first presented at the 3rd exhibition of the Wanderers and immediately received high marks from critics and the public. As the highest measure of recognition - the purchase of paintings by Pavel Tretyakov. In 1878, the canvas was presented to the Parisian public.