- Author: Vasily Ivanovich Surikov
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1878-1881 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
Morning Streltsy penalty - Vasily Ivanovich Surikov. 1878-1881. Canvas, oil. 223x383,5
The work of V.I. Surikov (1848-1916) represents the pinnacle of Russian historical painting of the second half of the 19th century. Once the artist was struck by the image - a candle lit during the day - as a symbol of tragedy and doom. The master of large-scale historical canvases for many years nurtured him in himself, until he embodied the topic of reprisals against archers in the film "Morning Streltsy penalty". A dim candle in a gray air on a gloomy morning, a candle in a still living hand was associated with execution. The central storyline of the picture and its main emotional core is the confrontation of the crossed views of the archer with the red beard and Tsar Peter. An implacable gaze flaming with hatred beats across the entire space of the picture, facing the king’s angry and equally implacable gaze.
The architectural construction of the canvas is very important. The lonely tower of the Kremlin corresponds to the lonely figure of the king; the second, the near tower, unites the crowd of observers, boyars and foreigners into one whole; An even body of soldiers exactly repeats the line of the Kremlin wall. The artist deliberately moved all the buildings to the frontal place, using a composite method of drawing together plans and creating the effect of a huge popular crowd. The cathedral continues and crowns this human gathering, but the central tent of the Church of the Intercession does not seem to fit into space: it is “cut off” by the upper edge of the picture and symbolizes the image of Russia decapitated by Peter I.
Other pictures of Vasily Ivanovich Surikov
Taking snow town
Conquest of Siberia by Yermak
Feast of Belshazzar
Visiting the Princess of the Convent
Suvorov Crossing the Alps
View of the monument to Peter I on Senate Square
Menshikov in Berezov
Evening in Petersburg
Watch the video: Paintings of the World - Vasily Surikov - Part 1 (April 2020).