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This picture has received universal recognition not only among contemporaries of the artist, but also among other "people of art." For example, V. Stasov spoke in a positive tone about "Seeing the dead man". For the first time in his life, Perov received a special award, which was issued by the central exhibition hall of Russia. Also, the picture received recognition abroad.
He finished work on the picture of Perov in 1865, painting on the canvas a simple Russian family, saying goodbye to one of its members. All characters bowed their heads, all in all showing sorrow for the loss of an expensive family member. An elderly woman, from impotence, simply lies next to the coffin, she is so heartbroken that she can not even hug the coffin, as a young woman, possibly the wife of the deceased, does. This touching scene of family love causes the viewer a deep sense of regret for another's loss.
The grieving people depicted in the picture would not have caused so much pity if it were not for the gloomy landscape in the background. Black and gray clouds exert a noticeable psychological pressure on the viewer, they further aggravate the situation. A scanty landscape, consisting of gray snow and several bushes, desperately clutching for life, evokes similar feelings.
In the picture, even the horse feels the full burden of his burden, not to mention the drooping head of the family, his head bowed. It seems that he does not hold the reins and the horse slowly wanders to wherever he wants. Faithful servant of the house - the dog barks desperately, emitting a long and dreary howl.
Thus, Perov’s painting “Seeing the Dead Man” does not differ in a good landscape (he never seriously took a great interest in this direction), but the artist skillfully conveyed the depressed mood and sad atmosphere of all family members, depicting them with their heads bowed and their body weak.
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