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Perov, Vasily Grigorievich
Troika. Apprentice Workmen Carrying Water

1866
oil on canvas
123,5 167,5

During the second half of the 1860s, Perov created his best genre works in which one sees ever stronger social commentary. In the painting Troika, the artist deals with the issue of child labour. This is the largest format genre painting Perov ever did and at the same time the most emotional. The faces of the children are directed at the viewer. They reveal childlike charm, timidity and suffering. The gloomy walls of the monastery create a mood of hopeless melancholy. The name of the painting forces us to recall the Old Testament Trinity. There arises a symbolically generalized image of an abnormal dislocated world which the artist rejects in all its manifestations

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