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Kramskoy is a Russian artist who, of all genres, preferred genre and historical painting. Sometimes he painted portraits, criticized other people's paintings, tried to find such measures by which it would be possible to accurately determine the value of objects of art. He fiercely defended the idea that the artist should not be just an observer, but a teacher, and that the paintings should serve a greater purpose than simply reflecting reality.
In his opinion, they should develop morality and suggest that a person make moral choices, should instill a taste and reflect deeply national, national plots, reminding people who they are and where they came from.
The paintings in his world should have been a guide, light in the darkness, and this very desire for light, for freedom, for good is visible not only in the artist's works, but also in his life.
For example, when the Academy of Fine Arts held a large competition in honor of the fact that its period of existence reached a mark of one hundred years and invited students who preferred historical painting to write on the same topic - “Feast in Valhalla” - Kramskoy left with fourteen others its walls and went to defend his freedom.
However, like any artist, Kramskoy has not only ideologically seasoned paintings designed to inspire and edify, but also simple ones, devoid of such a higher goal. “Bouquet of flowers” is one of such paintings. It depicts a bouquet of flowers in a vase, devoid of any background. Just the incident light, vaguely outlining the outlines of the round table, serves as their support. There is no background at all - no draperies, no curtains, only modulations of light and shadow.
However, the flowers themselves are very bright and saturated. They seem to praise life, even when cut and placed in a vase. The picture is full of bright colors - even in the simple work of Kramskoy glorifies being, and he only needs the right colors for this.
Snow Moscow Bread Ilya Mashkov