The canvas was created in 1874 with oil on canvas.
This is a very famous painting by Kramskoy. She entered the collection of paintings of the State Tretyakov Gallery. She was also called the "Man with a club in the forest." There was another name associated with the shot through the hat of a woodland man. This type of painting began to be used in our country in the 1870s.
The name "Woodland" is an old Russian concept, which meant a forester. Kramsky portrayed this specially, according to his desire. He wanted to show what kind of people live in our country. Although they are few, but still they are. He wrote about his painting to Tretyakov, that these peasants make up revolts of such people as Pugachev or Stenka Razin. But in ordinary life, this type of people acts alone.
On the canvas "Woodland" man-forester depicted as an artist with a big club. His gaze is filled with alarm. He carefully peers into the distance. Perhaps the peasant saw danger there, but the forester got used to this way of life. He clearly knows how to resist any beast. His club is a weapon that he masterfully owns. He is like a lone wolf in the wilderness.
This canvas caused and causes a lot of controversy and reasoning around the world. It seems to say that Russian power is indomitable. Russian people are not afraid of any difficulties. The dark background on the canvas additionally pumps up an already disturbing atmosphere.
A man dressed in a simple shirt. His hat is shot through, which indicates a great danger to his life, about the difficulty you understand share. But the Woodman will stand to the end. Life or death, no matter what it costs. But even in his eyes one can read the insult, because he needs to confront not only the wild beast, but also those who want to kill them: poachers. A hat with bullet holes proves that collisions with them could take his life, but the forester survived.
The canvas is in storage at the State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow. Pavel Tretyakov bought it from Kramskoy in 1875.
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