The famous Russian artist Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky was born and raised in the countryside – he carried his love for rural nature and people in his heart throughout his life.
The teacher of this wonderful painter was Ilya Repin himself, he discerned this love in the young man and was able to help her splash out onto the canvas with a bewitching play of colors.
The painting “New Tale” was painted by Bogdanov-Belsky in the first years of his independent career after graduating from the Moscow Art School. On this canvas, the artist depicted children who read the book with great interest. The environment around them is rather poor, they themselves are dressed in equal clothes, but their faces show a great interest in reading. The artist paid great attention to the faces of the children, carefully depicting their smallest details. The atmosphere in the picture is rustic and calm, the colors are rich, but not excessive, the love and affection that the artist wanted to convey to the audience is visible.
Apparently, this veracity of the image of the life of the common people became the reason for political disagreements with the Soviet regime – Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky was forced to emigrate from Soviet Russia with his entire family. But even abroad, the artist remains faithful to the call of his heart and continues to paint pictures dedicated to the life of the Russian peasantry.
Year of painting: 1891.
Dimensions of the painting: 152.3 x 137.2 cm.
Writing technique: oil.
Genre: genre painting.
Gallery: National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus.