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Pyotr Konchalovsky belongs to unsurpassed masters in writing still lifes, one of his best works can be attributed without a twinge of conscience a still life called “Dry Colors”, executed in an unsurpassed manner of liveliness of writing and color.
The writing style resembles a cross between Cubism and Fauvism, as the artist was an ardent admirer of both of these areas in painting at the early stages of his career.
The main part of the painting is occupied by a table with ordinary objects of everyday use by the artist and the creator of the scenery: a watering can, flasks and bottles containing paints and glue, various jars, pipettes and the like. Behind all this diversity stands a huge jug with large tassels and a flask with something pink looking like diluted paint. The background of the picture is a blue cloth, most likely a curtain.
With great care the artist painted all the details of the wooden table, every crack and crinkle in the board, knots and the slightest curvature, but at the same time leaves the silhouette of the still life itself somewhat vague and even blurry, cones and bottles lose their inherent sharpness, as if dissolving in those colors, storage which they are intended. The picture is literally filled with various colors - blue, yellow, green, red, brown and even black. The author uses almost all possible variations of colors, thereby creating not just a still life, but a rainbow of various color shades.
What could be simpler than drawing your own workplace, but it was done really well with great love and knowledge. The canvas was created in 1912, it was stored in a private collection, and after it was transferred to the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, where it remains today.
Painting by Raphael Sistine Madonna