The artist is Maximov
"Family section ” – a turning point in the artist’s creative heritage. She completes that period of his life when the village seemed to him in its patriarchal integrity and monolithic. In this picture, the artist shows the first shocks, hesitating unshakable, as it seemed to him before, the foundations of peasant life. The picture depicts the collapse of the old village that is not fully recognized by the artist. The plot is based on the division of property between two brothers. The eternal theme of selfishness, greed and defenselessness, and meekness was especially pronounced in female images. The disadvantaged and deceived younger daughter -in -law, in whose appearance the tradition of poetic female types a affected. G. Venetianov, the artist contrasted the greedy and absurd wife of his older brother.
In the post-reform time, when peasant life was in the field of attention of realist artists, the old patriarchal order drew and destroyed by the peasants themselves. The joint existence of large, extensive families turned out to be not profitable, young people sought to start their own economy, live their home or completely go to the city. The scope of a century, rooted in culture of order, could not go painlessly. The scene of the division by the brothers of the birth economy, when all property shares up to a small belongings, and family members show their not at all the best human qualities, was portrayed by Vasily Maximov. The artist himself visited a participant in such events, with the deed of the Big Peasant House of his older brother. However, Maximov was to some extent a apostate from the predetermined origin of fate. At the cost of difficult trials, he defended his right to choose a life path and went to the profession of an artist. Lyubov Shakirova. Family album of the Russian Museum // Portrait of Family. SPb, 2014. With. nine.