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“Motive without words”, Victor Borisov-Musatov - description of the painting

“Motive without words”, Victor Borisov-Musatov - description of the painting

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The motive without words is Victor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov. 46 x 58.6 cm

A poetic, beautiful world was created in his paintings by Borisov-Musatov. His world is covered with dreams of unfulfilled hopes, dreams of a beautiful lady, filled with romantic images of past years, regrets about a bygone era. Visiting ancient estates, walking through deserted parks, the artist imagined people who fit perfectly into these interiors. All this was reflected in his works, one of which is before us.

A large bright room in a noble house, filled with light and air. Glare of sunlight plays on the ceramic tiles of the oven. In the center of the image, near the wall, pasted with pale beige wallpaper with rare blue leaves, there is a comfortable sofa over which three paintings hang.

In front of him is a small wooden table with bent legs, to which two chairs are pushed. In one of them sits a young man in a wig and a satin white camisole, decorated with gold embroidery. Bowing his head, he enthusiastically draws a portrait of a girl sitting opposite.

Thin, elegant, in a light pale cream dress with a full skirt and wide sleeves, she resembles a fragile porcelain figurine. Her dark brown hair was cut into a smooth hairstyle, revealing the so recognizable face of the “Musatov girls”. Delicate oval, pale cream skin, delicate coral blush, sad eyes are lowered down, there is not even a hint of a smile on the lips. Hands calmly lie on her knees, she poses, thinking about something of her own. The silence that violates only the rustle of a pencil on paper.

The figures are separated from the viewer by a wide strip of shiny floor, in which obscure reflections of sitting people are visible.

The artist's favorite ascetic gamut of soft colors: pale blue, smoky gray, mother-of-pearl white, creamy cream shades of suits harmonize with the chocolate and coffee colors of the furniture. Slightly blurred contours envelop the young man and the girl with a luminous soft haze, filling with a sense of unreality of what is happening, as if the shadows of the past had returned.

The picture fascinates with its sophistication and poetry, makes you a little sad about the past, causes nostalgic feelings.

Watch the video: To Victor Borisov-Musatov (August 2022).