Vasnetsov is known to many as an artist praising images from fairy tales and legends. But there are paintings of a different genre in his work. For example, "Bookstore."
This picture is peculiar in that it only reflects a completely realistic, everyday scene of the life of the simple Russian people in those days.
Around the bookstore gathered a large number of buyers. Icons and images are hung on the walls of the shop for every taste - buy any. A man with an ax behind his belt is interested in a bright picture, which, most likely, he chooses to decorate the house.
Near the man with an ax is the honorable old man. He holds in his hands the staff on which he relies. On his head is his top hat, on his shoulders is a long cloak. Next to him is a boy, most likely a grandson. The boy is dressed neatly and in new clothes - wealthy people. The young man has a bundle in his hands, in one hand he already holds some kind of book. The elder looks wise and honorable, most likely, is known as a local diploma. His hand points to some book, she asks the seller to give it to him.
Behind the old man in line are two modest women: one is already quite old, the other is younger. By modest clothes and shawls wrapped around their heads, one can understand that they are both deep-believing ladies and they will need the appropriate literature here.
From the left side squatted to the bench two ragged boys: they are looking at the pictures, they probably want to steal something. The seller does not follow them, busy with much more important things. The seller is dressed in beautiful, new clothes, already grayish and full, but most likely still not too old.
A flock of pigeons crowded on the ledge of the shop. One can imagine how loudly they coo, rustle their wings. These dynamic birds enliven the landscape, make it more realistic and ordinary.
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