Makovsky – “In the Artist’s Studio”

In his vivid painting “In the Artist’s Studio”, Konstantin Makovsky depicted his son, who stood with his legs on an armchair and was going to take an apple from a tray on the table. The very action of the picture takes place directly in the artist’s studio.

The author himself called his work “The Little Thief”. The hero of this picture is still too young to know what the aesthetic pleasure of a Flemish-style still life is. Therefore, a boy dressed in a white nightgown is trying to get hold of a ripe red apple by all means.

His anxious look and cautious tilt suggests that he really does feel like a thief doing something bad. With small feet, a child stands on a rich and luxurious fabric, which was prudently laid out by the artist for painting a still life.

There is a feeling that the boy is not at all afraid of a huge dog lying on a colorful carpet. Due to the fact that the size of the dog is several times larger than the height of the child, and the dog has red hair, it begins to seem that this is no longer a dog, but a real huge lion, spread out in the room.

Complement the picture, giving it a special flavor, ancient weapons, antique vases and rich fabrics.

Year of painting: 1881.

Dimensions of the painting: 212.4 x 155 cm.

Material: canvas.

Writing technique: oil.

Genre: genre painting.

Style: romanticism.

Gallery: State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

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