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Myasoedov’s painting “Kossa” was painted in 1887. Its artistic value was highly appreciated by Emperor Alexander III, who bought the canvas for his collection.
We see in the picture a group of peasants among rye during haymaking. It seems that summer warmth is emanating from the canvas, the bright blue of the sky flows into the yellowness of the ears, the clouds also have a warm yellowish tint. The heroes of the picture are not only peasants and hay themselves, we also see several birds, butterflies, cornflowers, burdocks and daisies in the foreground, we feel the sun, as if permeating every inch of canvas.
Peasants merge with nature. If you look closely, you can see on the head of one of them a wreath woven from freshly cut ears. It is as if he was crowned with this wreath, becoming at this very moment and in this place the king, the main character, the most experienced scythe leading the rest, showing what and how to do.
In the lower left corner of the picture we can see a sheaf of rye with a rake lying on it, and a plate with bread is nearby. These attributes, as it were, symbolize work and rest.
Peasant rural life appears in all its glory: everything is young and old, and the mustachioed grandfather, the curly-haired young man, and the girls in scarves are working here. After all, if you do not have time to mow the crop on time, because of rain and bad weather you can stay completely without bread, the peasants understand this perfectly and go out into the field with the whole family.
It should be noted that the figures of the mowers are arranged as if in increasing order, from the younger to the older. We don’t feel that it’s hard for them, we don’t feel the exhausting heat, we only see the beauty of work and freedom, the vastness of the Russian field, holiday and joy. For some reason, I want to believe that at this moment the peasants are singing a song or having funny conversations.
Triumph of Galatea Raphael