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By Teikh, Gustavovich (Russian, 19th Century)
This delicate watercolour captures a rare moment of hedonistic pleasure among a rural Russian peasant community, as the group enjoys the lively feast.
The painting depicts an interior scene filled with Russian peasants, or serfs, engaging in feasting, singing, and dancing. The date of this painting and the apparent happiness of the subjects may allude to a series of reforms made by Alexander II of Russia that began with the earlier 'Emancipation of the Serfs' act of 1861, which granted greater freedom to peasants, who were formerly tied to the land and their community. These reforms led to the improvement of the lives of peasants in rural communities. The painterly style is fluid and accomplished, while the colour palette is dark and sombre.
The painting is signed in Cyrillic and dated '1872' to the lower left.
Frame: Height 92cm, width 122cm, depth 6cm
Sheet: Height 76cm, width 107cm
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