Artist – Schwartz
Vyacheslav Schwartz, who was a gearbox of the historical genre in Russian painting, depicted Alexei Mikhailovich during a game of chess with one of the boyars. It was the king’s favorite entertainment in the circle of people close to him with whom he loved to retire in the evening. The game was so popular at the court that in the arms chamber special masters who were engaged in the manufacture and repair of chess were in the service.
Ekaterina Shilova. Exhibition catalog in Malaga "The Romanov dynasty". 2017. With. 106/107.
Schwartz turns to a psychologically true image of a person, to a historically specific transmission of the era. The interior of a small room is typical for the middle of the XVII century. Artist with particular care, admiring,
Writes out objects – tile stove, chest, chair, chess. I want to consider the picture for a long time. The cat playing with a ball gives the scene the charm of home coziness.
Game and passion in Russian fine art. SPb, 1999. With. 253.