Russian Art

Klodt, M. K. At the Plough. 1871

At the Plough "At the Plough," painted in 1871 and shown at the first Wanderers exhibition in Moscow during the same year, became the artist's most popular painting. There is a spare symmetry to the composition which perhaps reflects Klodt's familiarity with Venetsianov's work (see ImageBase). More significantly, though, certain subtleties of storytelling establish the special quality of this canvas. During a moment of rest from her ploughing, a Russian peasant woman looks away from her work into the distance where a wagon drawn by two horses passes on its way. The viewer is presented with a moment in the life of the common person -- a moment which reveals both the nature of labor and the beauty and vastness of the country. (00246)
Copyright ©. George Mitrevski. Auburn University.