The painting “Bread” is one of the most famous works of the well-known artist Tatyana Nilovna Yablonskaya, painted by her in 1949.
The picture shows the time that has come a few years after the end of the war. But there is no grief or regret in her, but only joy and happy faces. The landscape of the picture is almost invisible - it is represented by a dark forest and a small piece of sky, and it’s important on it is completely different. The main characters of the picture are the collective farmers during the suffering, who are very hardworking to do their work under the gentle summer sun. And, of course, bread - everything is strewn with its golden warm grains!
In the foreground, two women collective farmers collect placers of grain in bags. One of them, dressed in a green skirt, polka-dot shirt and white scarf, hurries to tie a bag that is already full, and the second rolls up the sleeves of a white shirt so that they do not interfere with work. There is a smile on her face, a similar one, for sure, we could notice on the faces of other workers. They have fun, they are happy, because such a good crop was born!
A little further, we see many of the same women filling the bags, and behind them - men who put these bags in the back of cars. People have fun talking, joking, laughing! Everyone is busy with a common task - harvesting, and it is clear that they are happy with work and not a burden for anyone, but on the contrary, everyone strives to do their job as best as possible.
Tatyana Yablonskaya wanted to depict in her picture a life that really causes delight. This delight appears from the realism of the picture, from the cohesion of the team, from the energy, beauty and health of each character. “Bread” sounds a hymn to national labor, inspires and fully conveys the atmosphere that prevailed then. No wonder she brought her author fame throughout the country and the Stalin Prize of the second degree.
Serebryakova At Breakfast