The petrified solemnity of figures in the painting expresses a frozen force, the one that filled Scythian stone women so beloved by the artist. The figures strike with their vigour, unstoppable course just like in Gathering Brushwood that reveals both the heavy rhythm of stooped walk under burden, and the persistence of work “solidified” at the dawn of time. In one of her interviews, Goncharova claimed that she was trying to “achieve solid form, sculptural clarity and simplification of drawing, depth, and not brightness of colours”. By depth the artist meant an inner concentration of images, rather than restraint of colours. While she used the “whole palette” for plein-air canvases, she selected few local tones for primitivist paintingns. Within the limits of such lapidary and rugged, sometimes intensly sonorous, other times almost monochrome colours, unfolds the emotional gesture of Goncharova’s brush that merges the primitive power with the author’s temperament.
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