In Russia, residents learned about tea only at the beginning of the 17th century. For a very long time it was expensive, so ordinary workers and people with average incomes could not afford it. In their homes, the nobles very carefully guarded tea: it was stored by the mistresses in their bedrooms, in small caskets. For this reason, tea was first considered an indicator of a rich life. But at the beginning of the 19th century it became accessible to people and with a small income. In our country, tea is filled with its own traditions. And therefore, it served as the plot for many paintings.
Konstantin Makovsky painted the painting "Tradeswoman at tea" in 1914 in the style of romanticism.
This merchant is a seemingly burly woman who is full of health. A Russian beauty with a blush on her cheeks sits at a table on which sweets lie, there are dishes, with one hand she holds a cup with fragrant tea, and with the other saucer from which she drinks tea. Judging by her multi-colored beautiful old dress, jewelry on her neck, headdress, it is clear that she lives in abundance. The image of the beautiful woman at the table is painted on a black background, it is clear that nothing more will distract the audience, but through the picture, they can also feel how the merchant is enjoying a tea party.
This painting was painted by this talented man in 75 years - already on the slope of his life.
He was a well-paid artist during his career. At the beginning of his journey, he painted more to earn money - portraits, gradually he became known as a fashionable portrait painter.
It is difficult to break away from this bright and expressive image in the picture.
The artist himself was engaged in collecting objects related to everyday life that existed among Russians. He strove to be surrounded by beautiful things, which reflected in his art: he created genre scenes "in the Russian style", painted beauties in old costumes.