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The picture was created in 1907 with oil on canvas.
Petrov-Vodkin is a Russian painter who created many works included in the cultural heritage of the country. His fate was quite happy. Born into the family of an ordinary shoemaker, nothing foreshadowed the unusual development of his fate. But a penchant for creativity made itself felt. A once simple guy from a shoemaker's family began to study in the best European workshops with famous masters. His works occupied a special position in the art of our country.
Petrov-Vodkin is one of those artists whose work did not coincide with the generally accepted creativity of that time. But this does not mean that his paintings were not perceived and were alien. The work of Petrov-Vodkin complements the cultural heritage of our country. He is the author of the famous work “Bathing the Red Horse” and many others. He was a master of the portrait genre. Also, Petrov-Vodkin wrote literary works.
In 1895 he left his native Volga Compound in St. Petersburg to study painting. He graduated in 1904. But during this time, Petrov-Vodkin visited several European countries, where he was influenced by symbolism. Then comes a number of his paintings.
One of which is the "Cafe". It depicts noble ladies who decided to spend their leisure time culturally. All of them are dressed in luxurious dresses in accordance with the fashion trends of the time. Most of all, the viewer's eye is attracted by three of them.
In the center of the canvas is a lady of about 35 years old, she is dressed in a strict but elegant dress. A fluffy hat helps to dilute the severity of the image. On the right side is a lady in brighter and more magnificent clothes, she is thinking something.
On the left side of the canvas is a very attractive, young and cheerful girl. Ladies spend carefree time in a cafe. In the background, the figures are not clearly visible, but among them stands out one face of a girl who looks with envy at a local handsome man.
The work was written at the beginning of the formation of Petrov-Vodkin’s career, but from it we can understand how talented the aspiring artist was.
The painting is in a private collection.
Painting by Marc Chagall