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Still life. Tray and green box

Painting, 1912, 80.5×100 cm

Description of the artwork «Still life. Tray and green box»

"Tray and green cardboard" leave no doubt in the fact that Konchalovsky did not escape the fascination Cezanne. This is indisputably evidenced by a set of items and white vase: white dishes or the tablecloth – a common phenomenon in Cezanne's still lifes (1, 2, 3).

Subject still life, two pears almost blend in with the table and seem to be more detail on the background of bright color accents: red tray, green paper, blue Karasek books, the blue curtain. It's not "delicious" still-life colleagues Konchalovsky on "Jack of diamonds" Ilya Mashkov. According to art historian Irina Vakar, Konchalovsky, like Cezanne, quite indifferent to the "story" still life, both of them important texture, the quality of the items. And "desire to eat", which appears when you look at the paintings Mashkova, is unlikely to attend the audience. This feature will continue in a realistic still lifes Konchalovsky. For example, bright, juicy, colorful late still life with strawberries mesmerizing palette, but strawberry remains an art, a work of art. If she wrote Mashkovhands themselves drawn to the plate. Written by Konchalovsky, it is a visual joy.

The color saturation of the "still life with a tray and green box" can be attributed to politicheskomu style. The tray is associated with the folk fair images. Some critics see this as an attempt of rapprochement between the West and East, the actual motive of the early avant-garde.

Konchalovsky generally had a weakness for red trays: post-impressionist still life with red tray, fovisticheskie juicy still life with delicious vegetables and colorful tray and the same "wild" in the sense of color still life "tea Time"realistic "Red tray and Rowan".

And indeed, adding to the still-life of this element always brings into the picture the freshness, especially emotional and allows you to set off other objects.

Author: Alain Esaulova
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Still life

Style of art: Fauvism, Post-Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1912

Size: 80.5×100 cm

Artwork in selections: 4 selections

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