Vasili Nikolayevich Baksheev (1862-1958): Prose of Everyday10/23/2021, 5:18:09 PM
Vasili Nikolayevich Baksheev (1862-1958): Prose of Everyday Life, 1892-3, oil on canvas,Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Vasiliy Baksheev was a Russian painter, a master of landscapes and genre paintings in the spirit of the "Union of Russian Artists". He studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He was a member of the "Society of the Wanderers", as well as one of the organizers and the most distinctive artists "Union of Russian Artists". Baksheev mostly lived in Moscow. Baksheev worked as a landscape painter, joining a tight-impressionistic style with a soft symbolic generalization of images. One of the Vasily Baksheev's prominent works, 'Prose of Everyday Life' casts a less roseate glow over bourgeois companionship. This is a depressing and gloomy mood, in the air. Here, the artist has brought the people and objects more sharply into focus. They are less "at a distance,” but of the artist‘s own class, experience-near. The artist is not out to please but to inform. He catches despair, disappointment or indifference, and the viewer‘s apprehension cannot be deflected by the rich promise of pleasures from the objects so lovingly depicted on the table. Food, drink, sparkle, reflections, and the secure social status all these imply, cannot erase the feelings of insecurity and unhappiness that hang like poverty over the table.