Art details of the 19th century from the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE
The painting has been done according to classical landscape principles.
The river flows diagonally into the distance.
On the left, the trees with their carefully painted foliage form a curtain.
In the background we see the jagged lines of foothills, but on the horizon, the blue contours of mountains.
The brush and palette indicates the subject’s profession.
The complicated texture achieves an impression of the subject’s impetuous and romantic nature, but the dynamic of expression is close to the baroque style which is the way Makart painted.
The face expresses passion and temperament. It seems that Makart has been depicted at a time when he was working on one of his large historical composition or an allegorically mythological subject.
The shipwreck motif symbolises the dashing of hopes and the inevitable power of destiny.
By depicting survivors, the author indicates man’s ability to overcome the forces of nature and begin life anew.
The Graces of Charitas are expressing the beauty and youthful comeliness of women and their task was to bring joy to people.
Aglaia - the brilliant.
Thalia - she who brought flowers.
Euphrosyne - she who rejoices the heart.
The girl in the painting is wearing the characteristic dress of Normandy fisherwomen – white blouse and dark skirt.
In the foreground the basket with fish, clay jug and nets in the sand remind us of a still life composition.
In the background, the figures of women at work merge into the outlines of the ships.
If you look carefully, you can see that on the leaves you can read a person's name.
Each branch has one golden leaf. On the leaf you can see a name and a year from which the particular family of the branch started.
The family tree was a gift to a golden wedding anniversary. It was from couple's children.Dwarf with golden wreath is a symbol of their anniversary.
The image of the naked youth can be seen as an element of the eternally beautiful and flowering nature.
At the same time, unrest is hidden in this scene of an idyllic world. This is indicated by the long, dark shadows on the surface of the water.
Although in “The Archer” we can’t see the intended target of the arrow, we sense that the harmony in this paradise is about to be destroyed.
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