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New breakfast on the grass

Painting, 2020, 113×160×3 cm

Description of the artwork «New breakfast on the grass»

A new breakfast on the grass (canvas oil palette knife 2020 113x160)
Nikolay Sednin. "Game for breakfast." An art history sketch for a painting by Vadim Stolyarov.
“... and people will be the way we see them today.”
Eduard Manet on the concept of the painting “Breakfast on the Grass“.

157 years ago, the painting by Eduard Manet was called a slap in the face for good taste for the frank neglect by the author of the academic traditions of his era and was not allowed to be displayed at the annual Paris Salon for the freedom to interpret the academic plot unnecessarily straightforwardly transferred by the author to his modern era.
A century and a half later, looking at Vadim Stolyarov’s composition “A New Breakfast on the Grass”, none of the 21st century contemporaries will already be confused by the image of a governing smug sitting in nature surrounded by beautiful representatives of office plankton. This naked king, reveling in his own power, fits into the framework of the traditions of the new aesthetics of bodypositive, which is now actively promoted by apologists of a tolerant society. The departing nature is an athlete. He bowed his head sadly and clenched his fist from the awareness of his own moral impotence, feeling that his achievements, which were ignored, were not in demand. But all the characters in the picture are surrounded by a ringing brilliance of colors by a Suprematist forest that creates the feeling of some great speculative game. At any moment, the characters can swap places or completely dissolve, being transformed, like the forest in the picture, into new geometric shapes, so that afterwards it’s convenient to settle down for breakfast of the next century of mankind.
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Art form: Painting

Style of art: Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Realism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 2020

Size: 113×160×3 cm


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