DescriptionPETR IVANOVICH KOTOV (Russian, 1889-1953)
Washing Day, 1934
Oil on canvas
33 x 47 inches (83.8 x 119.4 cm)
Inscribed verso in Cyrillic
In his painting Washing Day, Kotov depicts women laboring at the accumulated laundry of the week. Much like the scenes of laundresses prevalent in Barbizon or French Impressionist painting, Kotov has taken a sympathetic approach to the women's labor showing their chapped hands raw from the scalding water. Their faces are ruddy and pink from the steam and exertion, and they are dressed for battle with kerchiefs on and sleeves rolled up. Caught at the end of the day's work, the seated women lean heavily on their legs with drooping shoulders. The result of their efforts is visible in the background, where the freshly washed linen is hung to dry. Kotov's loose brushwork energizes this common scene, capturing the essence of emotion without getting bogged down by an over-attention to detail.
НА КАРТИНЕ «БАННЫЙ ДЕНЬ» («СТИРКА») КОТОВ ИЗОБРАЖАЕТ ЖЕНЩИН, СТИРАЮЩИХ НАКОПЛЕННОЕ ЗА НЕДЕЛЮ БЕЛЬЁ. ТАКЖЕ КАК И В СЦЕНАХ С ПРАЧКАМИ, ТИПИЧНЫМИ ДЛЯ БАРБИЗОНСКОЙ ШКОЛЫ ЖИВОПИСИ И ФРАНЦУЗСКОГО ИМПРЕССИОНИЗМА, ХУДОЖНИК С СОЧУВСТВИЕМ ОТНОСИТСЯ К НЕЛЁГКОМУ ТРУДУ ЖЕНЩИН, ОБРАЩАЯ ВНИМАНИЕ НА ИХ ПОТРЕСКАВШИЕСЯ И ВОСПАЛЁННЫЕ ОТ ОБЖИГАЮЩЕЙ ВОДЫ РУКИ. ИХ ЛИЦА РАСКРАСНЕЛИСЬ ОТ ПАРА И НАПРЯЖЕНИЯ. ОНИ ПОВЯЗАЛИ ПЛАТКИ КАК ДЛЯ БИТВЫ И ЗАСУЧИЛИ РУКАВА. ЗАСТИГНУТЫЕ В КОНЦЕ РАБОЧЕГО ДНЯ, ЖЕНЩИНЫ СГОРБЛЕННО СИДЯТ, ОПИРАЯСЬ РУКАМИ О КОЛЕНИ. РЕЗУЛЬТАТЫ ИХ УСИЛИЙ ВИДНЫ НА ЗАДНЕМ ПЛАНЕ, ГДЕ СВЕЖЕВЫСТИРАННОЕ БЕЛЬЕ РАЗВЕШЕНО ДЛЯ ПРОСУШКИ. НЕМНОГО НЕБРЕЖНЫЕ МАЗКИ КОТОВА БЕЗ ИЗЛИШНЕЙ ДЕТАЛИЗАЦИИ НАПОЛНИЛИ ЭТУ ОБЫДЕННУЮ СЦЕНУ ЭНЕРГИЕЙ, ЗАПЕЧАТЛЕВ СУЩНОСТЬ ЧУВСТВ И ЭМОЦИЙ.
Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000.
Paint loss aproximately 1/2 x 1/4 inch along upper left edge, active cleavage resulting in moderate paint loss throughout lower region of canvas.
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