This artist is known to many, especially for paintings of "hunting" subjects. “Fisherman”, “Birds”, “Pigeon” - the names speak for themselves. Being a passionate hunter himself, Perov knew firsthand all the realities of her life.
The painting "Hunters on a halt" is one of the most famous variations of the artist on the theme of hunting.
On a canvas measuring 119x183 cm, three hunters settled down. Judging by the trophies painted in the lower left corner of the picture, the heroes' hunt was a success, and they decided to arrange a halt.
The background is sad and a little gloomy - faded grass and a dark sky with lead clouds. Late autumn is clearly guessed.
The main emphasis on the picture is a bright light, which is concentrated on the faces and hands of hunters. An old and experienced hunter is something enthusiastically and emotionally tells his two companions, most likely, about his past hunting adventures. The young man on the right attentively and with obvious interest listens to every word of a more experienced comrade, a middle-aged man who, next to an elderly hunter, listens in half and with ostentatious skepticism.
The picture depicts an ordinary everyday scene from the life of every average man of that time. But not everything is as simple as it seems at first glance.
Behind the usual life situation, Perov’s painting conceals a deep philosophical meaning. Collision on one plane of the canvas of old age, youth and maturity. Old age is an allegory with an elderly hunter, lives on memories and idealizes the past, youth is a young hunter, enthusiastically believes literally everything in word and maturity — a middle-aged hunter who does not perceive anything just like that, but relies only on his life experience. The picture "Hunters on a halt" is unusual in that all the heroes depicted on it have real prototypes. Friends of the artist are doctors and, by the way, also avid hunters - D.P. Kuvshinnikov, V.V. Bessonov and N.M. Nagornov.
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