The canvases of the great Soviet artist Arkady Plastov always had a distinct difference, due to their simplicity and a certain amount of artlessness. His work, entitled Tanya, is no exception.
The painting depicts a young girl who is quite warmly dressed, which symbolizes the cold season. You can also note the natural blush on the cheeks, which, most likely, appeared due to frost or cold wind. The artist focuses on the girl’s face, completely forgetting about the background. The face seems frowning or even somewhat pompous.
The picture looks gloomy also because it was made using exclusively dark shades and tones, and even the fact that white and green colors were added to the painting didn’t revive the canvas at all, they only emphasize the severity of the picture. The picture shows not just the face of a young girl, in all her image, the artist presents the whole peasant era, which Plast was committed to the end of his days.
The master never resorted to some exciting tactics in order to give the picture simplicity and naturalness, it is thanks to the painting being painted as it is at the moment, the viewer has the opportunity to feel the image, energy, emotions. The picture amazes with all its naturalness and ease, which amazes and captivates at the same time.
The canvas is not motionless, but more likely that it was just a moment at which the master managed to capture, and most importantly convey the emotional state. In order to be able to appreciate the full depth and completeness of the picture, it is enough to look at the similar works of the master, who, in the same way, convey the depth of feelings, but in which brighter colors are used.
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