Description of the painting by Ivan Kramskoy “The Contemplator”

Description of the painting by Ivan Kramskoy “The Contemplator”

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In 1870 - 1880, the artist painted a number of paintings in which, with extraordinary skill, depicts completely ordinary people (peasants) who live their own lives, full of special emotions.

Before us appears a peasant who stands on a snowy forest path. It has an old caftan and traditional bast shoes. He put his hands in his sleeves, and his whole appearance reveals that he was very cold. Why did he stop? The reason is that he is thinking about something.

Kramskoy conceived this picture in 1870. It is believed that the current name of the painting was given by the Tretyakov.

What does the hero contemplate? Perhaps nature, and perhaps their family life. What is the peasant thinking? About his own poverty and hunger, about the anger that awaits him at home. We do not care who this peasant is. Another thing is surprising. He is so detached from everything that surrounds him. The hero of the picture is completely immersed in himself. Before Kramskoy, nothing like this existed.

A man stands and thinks. About what? Perhaps he himself does not know. Impressions of that state in which he was in the process of his own amazing contemplation are dear to him.

Kramskoy portrayed not only an incredibly complex character, but also a whole type of social plan. This is a primordially Russian type of contemplators, which necessarily gave rise to incredibly strong characters, which often hid the conflict with reality, hiding it under what seemed at first glance unpretentious.

It was the contemplators who were the main part of the silent people, but sooner or later anger spilled out.

And in our time, there are many contemplatives among the people, although over time they began to look different. They have not yet announced themselves. Until now, they only absorbed everything that happens in the world. Soon the time will come for contemporary meditators.

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