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Scene at the railway, Perov, 1868

Description of the picture:

The scene at the railway – Vasily Grigorievich Perov. 1868. Oil on canvas. 52×66
After appearing in Russia, the railway has long been a miracle for the people. And here the author offers us a scene that was usual for that time: the peasants came to see the technical marvel. The main characters crowded in front of the tracks, what they saw astounded.

The group of peasants can be divided into two parts: a pair of men in the foreground, delighted with the seen device for clearing the rails in the form of an ordinary and familiar broom, two women and a peasant, who consider in dumb admiration, even with some fear, a steam locomotive. Particularly worth paying attention to a woman in a red scarf and uniform jacket. Most likely, this is the pregnant wife of a traveler, performing the duties of a drunk husband. At the feet "caretakers" a girl wrapped in black salop, most likely a daughter.

The master brilliantly managed to convey the emotions of the heroes of the scene. The viewer’s attention is focused on the heroes, so the details and background of the picture are made formally enough so as not to distract from the main thing.

Each of the characters feels its own story, its own biography. It is amazing how this artist succeeded in filling his seemingly uncomplicated work with deep meaning and a special atmosphere, revealing the master’s plan."

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