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For many art lovers, Kramskoy is associated with peasants. He is one of the few artists who skillfully captured the individual characters of their heroes on canvas.
The "Peasant with a Bridle" of 1883 is one such example. The painting depicts Mina Moiseyev, who laughs and stands, resting his hands on a shovel. At first glance, it seems that the decrepit grandfather is standing in front of the viewer. Over the years, he experienced poverty, a difficult life, hunger, but all this did not break him. One only needs to take a closer look at the character, as strong shoulders peek out from under a faded shirt. The folds of the Armenian look majestic and emphasize the grandfather's powerful shoulders.
The face of Mina Moiseyev is evidence of his wisdom and an indicator that the old man has gone through a lot. Because of his beard and eyebrows, many experts confused this canvas with the image of Tolstoy.
Mina's mouth is captured in a half-open state, as if the hero was laughing after the story just told. His face is covered with wrinkles, but the old man’s strong hands signal that he still has enough strength to work.
The picture is made in bright colors, which is atypical for the artist. But it can be understood: light shades perfectly convey the image of Mina Moiseyev. Of particular interest are the blue robes and hair of the old man, the color of which is similar to aged silver.
The “Peasant with a Bridle” is imbued with love and affection for Russian peasants. Kramskoy sympathizes and worries about people who have suffered a lot during their lives. But these people passed the tests that life sent them, remaining strong and proud.
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