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The canvas was painted in 1901 in oil on canvas.
The picture was created in the style of realism, the porter genre.
Bogdanov-Belsky is a talented and original Russian artist. He was often called "peasant." This was due to the enormous love of Bogdanov-Belsky for the simple Russian life of ordinary people. He wrote a huge number of paintings on this subject, left us an invaluable legacy and the opportunity to return to the past. Looking at the artist’s canvases, we can understand how ordinary peasants lived in Tsarist Russia. The paintings of Bogdanov-Belsky are imbued with love and kindness.
The artist was from a poor family, he studied painting at the Trinity-Sergius Lavra. Therefore, he was so fond of the topic of peasants. Through his canvases, he drew the attention of other people to the inconspicuous life of a simple people.
The painting “Pupils” depicts two Peasant girls who are waiting for a lesson. Modest clothes and headscarves show us how schoolchildren were dressed in the early 20th century. The theme of the school worried Bogdanov-Belsky very much, because he was an illegitimate child who lived in poverty with his mother in his uncle's house. He dreamed of studying, so he often depicts children, books, and school.
The canvas "Apprentices" shows us how important education was for the peasants. One of the students hopes to read something in her book. The second girl seems to repeat the material studied in her thoughts, reasoning and analyzing. Their dreams are fraught with hope for a brighter future.
The skill of the artist is undeniable. How carefully all the details are spelled out. Simplicity, depth and kindness are in the paintings of Bogdanov-Belsky. On the girl’s chest is a cross. People in past centuries treated God with special reverence. The artist’s canvases are pacified, I want to look at them endlessly.
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