The feat of a young resident of Kiev - description of the picture by A. Ivanov
The great work "The Tale of Bygone Years" was a powerful inspirer for many artists who wanted to perpetuate his subjects. The famous artist Andrei Ivanov was no exception. Inspired by a fragment of the plot, which deals with the siege of Kiev by the Pechenegs, which took place in 968, the master began to create. As a result, Ivanov's picture “The Feat of a Young Kievite” was published. Personalized about this work of art and will be discussed further in the article.
The history of painting
The plot of the film “The Feat of a Young Kievite”, a description of which will be presented below, is a fragment of the chronicle of Nester, where the glorious city of Kiev was attacked by the Pechenegs. Ivanov was so fascinated by the feat that one young hero made then that he decided to portray him on his canvas.
As the Tale of Bygone Years says, in 968 the city of Kiev became a hostage of the barbarian Pechenegs.At this time, Prince Svyatoslav with his army was on the march, and there was no one to protect Russian Kiev. Kievans would have died if it were not for the feat of a young guy who knew the enemy language. He took the bridle and headed towards the Dnieper, and when the Pechenegs called out to him with a question about where he was going, he replied that he had lost his horse and was going to look for him. Thanks to this trick, the young man was able to reach the river through the camp of the Pechenegs and move to the other side to call for help from the prince's retinue.
Having invested a huge amount of strength and his own romantic delight, Ivanov produced this creation. The picture was born in 1810 and is an example of the early creative search of the then young author.
Andrey Ivanov put a special meaning in this canvas. His idea is that every person is able to overcome any misfortune. The main thing is to believe in your own strength and sincerely desire success.
The painting "The feat of a young Kievite" - description of the plot
In the central plot of the picture depicts a young man. Andrey Ivanov admired the ancient era, so he depicted the body of the protagonist powerful, muscular, emphasizing strong legs and strong hands. The young man is almost naked and barefoot, as he is about to enter the river.The body of the young hero slightly covers the scarlet canvas, similar to a raincoat, the color of which the author of the picture “The feat of a young Kievite” wanted to depict a certain danger that surrounds the guy.
Light nudity underlines the hero’s apparent defenselessness in front of the meanest enemy in this picture, but his desire to bring allies to help turns out to be stronger, as can be seen from the look on his face. In the hands of a young man holds a bridle, he wants to jump on his horse as soon as possible to get to the desired goal.
In the background, the picture depicts besieged Kiev and the bloody battle with the enemy. Not far from the feet of the main character dies Pechenegs. He is gloomy, ferocious, embittered, and can never accept his own death. The eyes of the Pecheneg are filled with blood, his beard is disheveled, and his whole body is smeared with mud.
Not far from the central figure one can see a horse belonging to the Pechenegs. He is torn, rampant, because he can not find his rider. In the image of a powerful animal, the artist put the devil's power, which commanded the Pechenegs during the siege of the city.
Color and mood of the picture
Andrey Ivanov, skillfully picking up colors for this work, was able to show the difference between good and evil, as well as between heroic and mean act.
The main character of the work is depicted in bright, bright colors, and the main part of the light is concentrated on his strong body. Opponents, on the contrary, are painted with dark colors, which causes some hostility to these heroes of the work. Thanks to this contrast, the artist was able to clearly highlight the young man and make his image light in relation to his enemies.
Looking at the canvas, you can see how the awareness of the horror of what is happening is replaced by a desire to empathize and support the hero. Andrei Ivanov, through the game of colors, conveyed to humanity the faith and hope that good always triumphs over evil, since it was faith in the best that could help the young Kievite to cross the Dnieper and save the besieged city and all its inhabitants.
The main idea of the painting "The feat of a young Kievite"
From the description of the work it is clear that the picture is devoted to the theme of love for the fatherland, as well as the heroism and selflessness of a person as a small element of one big nation.
It is also worth noting that the description of the painting "The Feat of a Young Kievite" will be incomplete without an understanding of the significance of the feat depicted in it in the history of the Russian people.