At the tea table


Artist – hairs

The room is depicted in the estate g. With. Tarnovsky Kachanovka Chernigov province. Among the depicted Grigory Stepanovich (1790s-1854), Vasily Vasilievich (1810-1866), his wife Lyudmila Vladimirovna, nee Yuzefovich (?-1898), and Julia Vasilievna (ok. 1830 – approx. 1880) Tarnovsky.

In the XIX century, the formation of a peculiar genre “in the rooms” is becoming, to which you can apply the formula “Family Portrait in the interior” borrowed in the name of Visconti’s film. In these scenes of a quiet family pastime, the plot is a simple stay together in the native walls. People drink tea, play, read, smoke tubes, play at the broken tables, there are children immediately, sometimes dogs. The ingenuous accuracy of the promising image of interiors with tastingly placed and planted figures along the walls was natural for contemporaries. Today, looking through the “removed” walls into the houses of long -disappeared people, considering their life, admiring the light that a century ago illuminated the anfilads of spacious rooms, we hear the “echo of the past tense” and feel the magical effect of presence in someone else’s life. As a guest who was “not waiting”, we observe the mysterious self -sufficiency of these family harmonies. Sometimes depicted turn around, as if by accidentally noticing the viewer, there is a moment of contact, posing. Lyubov Shakirova. Family album of the Russian Museum // Portrait of Family. SPb, 2014. With. eight.

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