- Author: Firs Sergeevich Zhuravlev
- Museum: The Russian Museum
- Year: 1874 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
Before the crown - Firs Sergeevich Zhuravlev. 1874. Oil on canvas. 105x143
Firs Sergeevich Zhuravlev (183b-1901) - representative of the genre painting of the second half of the XIX century. The heroes of his canvases are the characters of the "dark kingdom" of A. N. Ostrovsky: cunning matchmakers, ruthless creditors who described property, merchants who were singing at funerals.
The plot is literary and the painting "Before the crown". The artist depicts a drama unfolding during the blessing of the father of the daughter before the wedding. Women's fate in the XIX century was unenviable - often parents married daughters by calculation in order to improve the material well-being of the family. The rich old men or wealthy, but unattractive men became the bridegrooms of young brides.
The painter placed the multi-figured composition in the interior of a house full of icons that gives pious people to the owners. Confused at the sight of a sobbing daughter, the father with the icon in her hands and the mother, frozen with a loaf on a tray, do not know how to behave in this unexpected and unseemly awkward situation. The indignation of the groom in the background and the whispers of his relative do not foreshadow a happy final of the scene.
For this canvas Zhuravlev received the title of academician and public recognition.. It became so popular that he had to perform several variants of repetition. Later, the paintings of the master will be noted as the best illustrations of everyday life and customs of the 1860-1870s, and the apt characteristics of the human types and characteristics of their behavior will become classical for understanding Russian culture.
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