The paintings of Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin are rightfully considered the first examples of the socialist realism genre. Many of his paintings of the Bolshevik period are really remembered and stored forever - but still the most striking works of Petrov-Vodkin, without a doubt, are portraits. With the help of very stingy means, the artist managed to convey the characters of his heroes so accurately that no additional methods were required.
Maria Fedorovna, the wife of the artist, was for him a constant and constant model. There are several portraits of her, painted at different times, different in mood, but the portrait of 1907, without a doubt, is the most famous and characteristic. This is the first portrait of Maria, painted after she became the wife of the artist. Kuzma married late, before that he spent many years alone - and therefore did not look for his soul in his wife. Maria’s real name was Mara, she lived in France, where the artist met her - but when she married Petrov-Vodkin, she took his surname, and added the Russian middle name to the name - the girl’s father was Theodore.
The picture shows a young woman in a dark, a little sad. Life did not spoil Kuzma and his wife - the paintings sold poorly, there was no money, and the young wife's hopes for a comfortable life with a famous artist were immediately shattered. But she stoically endured everything that fell to her and her husband. Clever, patient and in all respects a positive woman - this is how we see Mary in the portrait painted by her husband.
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