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Verka. 1913

Malyavin Philipp,
Oil on canvas
106 х 84

State Russian Museum


On the eve of the twentieth century, when he was still a student of the Imperial Academy of Arts, Philipp Malyavin introduced a new type of peasant woman to Russian art – proud, majestic, audacious and independent. The artist’s heroines lived in the villages of Ryazan Province and wore bright and colourful attire. Verka, however, is unlike the images of her fellow villagers, reflecting another type of character. The startled girl poses with a dumb-founded expression in her gaping eyes. Concealing her figure behind a mass of motley clothes, Verka is touchingly shy and bashful. She is almost like an animated idol. One can nevertheless sense her integrity, inner strength and feeling of her own virtue. Philipp Malyavin’s portrait is built on the contrasts between the girl’s balanced and calm character, the vibrations of the light and colour in her clothes, the meticulously painted tan on her bronze-brown face, the static posture, the golden-green mirage in the background and the shining red, blue and green tones of the dress and headscarf. The clear composition, distinct silhouette, low horizon and thick and temperamental brushstrokes monumentalise the image.

Author's Biography

Malyavin Philipp

Malyavin, Philipp Andreyevich
1869, Kazanki (Samara Province) -1940, Nice
Painter, draughtsman, portraitist, genre artist. Studied at the Holy Monastery of Agios Panteleimon on Mount Athos in Greece (1885-92) and under Pavel Chistyakov and Ilya Repin at the Higher School of Art, Imperial Academy of Arts (1892-99). Academician of painting (1906). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1895). Contributed to the exhibitions of the World of Art (1899-1903, 1906, 1921-22), Berlin Sezession (1903, 1904), Union of Russian Artists (1903-23), Exposition Universelle in Paris (1900), Venice Biennales (1901, 1907, 1924), L''Exposition de 1''Art Russe in Paris (1906) and Berlin (1906) and the Salon d''Automne in Paris (1923, 1924). Emigrated (1922).

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