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The painting “Worldly Prose” by Vasily Baksheev is distinguished by subtle psychologism and high emotional stress. Among the landscapes and portrait works, it occupies a special place. At first glance, the viewer witnesses a family drama, a conflict of two generations.
The tone of moralizing conversation is touched by a man, perhaps the head of the family. He is distinguished by strong-willed features, a stern look and a closed pose. The manner of holding symbolizes the power and firmness of traditional views. The girl in the foreground is clearly not happy with her father's decision. She pulled away from the argument and looks out the window, demonstrating disobedience. Mother’s face is hard to see, we see her, as if through tears. How did the heroine anger a representative of the older generation? - a question for the viewer. Probably the clue lies in the name of the picture. Quarrels in this house have become routine and prose of life. The girl is young and waiting for changes in life, but they are in no hurry to come.
The conflict develops in an apartment setting of the late nineteenth - early twentieth century. The family lives in the city, but a samovar and an embroidered tablecloth tell about the traditional way of life. The most attentive will see the artist’s easel in the reflection of the mirror. The discord we see with his eyes.
“Worldly prose” - a canvas about human relationships. Love, worries for the fate of loved ones, parental care and inseparable personal interests. Most often, they become the reason for a quarrel. There are no right and wrong people on the canvas, perhaps this is exactly what Vasily Baksheev wanted to say with his work.
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