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One of the most famous works of Russian artist V. Tropinin is the painting “The Lacemaker”. The author created it at the age of 47, in the year he received his freestyle (1823). The picturesque picture “Lacemaker” was warmly received by both critics and spectators. She became a real gem of Russian art.
Tropinin opened to the gaze of contemplators a new type of portrait genre. Masterfully, he portrayed the image of a needlewoman and her hard work. One moment from the everyday life of a young peasant woman is captured: she needlework.
The young face of the serf girl looks very nice. She looked up from the lace and playfully looks at the person who entered the room. The whole look of the girl, her good mood indicates that such work brings her joy.
On this canvas, the artist fully revealed his talent as a painter. Before us is an amazing picture with natural color and excellent lighting. When portraying the heroine, Tropinin uses a light palette, introducing shades of silver and lilac colors into it. The master of the brush and the lace-up items at hand — the canvas and the bobbin — are reverently detailed.
The artist so idealized the heroine of the picture that she is completely unlike a serf woman. It seems that in her hands there is too much tenderness, her eyes are cutesy, and her movements are too subtle. Tropinin used this move to ensure that the public believed in the modesty and good nature of the girl. All everyday problems remain outside the canvas, however, due to the timid movement of the peasant's shoulders and some of her stiffness, the viewer can only guess about them.
In The Lacemaker, Tropinin exalted the beauty of human labor. He showed that no difficult living conditions can prevent a person from being happy, while maintaining a sense of inner dignity.
Paintings by Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin