The old gardener, Surikov, 1882

Description of the picture:

The old gardener – Vasily Ivanovich Surikov. 1882. Oil on canvas. 97×140.9

   Work is a "household portrait" peasant. A full beard, long-cut hair, leaky ports, a light shirt, belted with a strap. There is anxiety on the old man’s face. The perishing sprouts of cabbage, placed by the author in the foreground, are to blame. Peering into the horizon, the peasant is trying to make out the incipient clouds.

   The habit of relying only on oneself, the ability to work, endurance and perseverance – all these most important qualities of a person associated with peasant labor, may not always be sufficient for success. The work makes the viewer think about the fate of the peasants in the country.

   The color scheme of the picture "real". Sunlight, illuminating the face of a peasant, gets confused in his beard, creates a feeling of heat and stuffiness."

And all the best they did

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