Despite the fact that the famous portrait painter was seriously ill, he did not show how the artists were wanderers, all the hardships and deprivations of the life of the people. On the contrary, winter for the artist is a fun sleigh ride, booths, carousels, festive festivities, brightness and brilliance. A direct contrast between gray and boring life. For Kustodiev, Chaliapin was an idol from a young age and a friend.
This is the artist’s favorite composition. The foreground of the picture is enlarged. The bottom has a large space. The long-awaited spring is just around the corner. People dumped on the street to meet the spring. But winter still clings and does not want to give it a place. This is noticeable in snowdrifts.
You can see a group of people sledding merrily. Everywhere are trays and fair stalls. And above all this fun stands a stately figure of Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin in an open fur coat. And next to him is a cheerful pug. The master had to ask the cat to sit on a raised platform so that the pug, looking at it, could “pose” to the artist.
The singer, as if from a height of his height, looks around an unfamiliar town where he will have to perform. Poster about his concert at the bottom of the hill. Chaliapin walks through the streets of the town in anticipation that all spectators will appreciate his talent.
The artist allowed himself a share of cunning and showed the narcissism of the famous singer. The character is dressed in an open coat, although it is still frosty on the street. It can be seen that his clothes are sewn from beaver fur. Chalyapin has an expensive ring on his little finger. He is wearing suede boots, it’s immediately clear that it’s not in the weather. And in order not to slip and fall on a slippery road, the singer has to lean on a cane made of valuable wood.
In the background of the picture you can see the daughters of Fyodor Chaliapin: Marina and Martha, and his friend and secretary Yard. The artist performed this painting twice in 1921 and 1922.
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