Artists Illustrating Boys' Fashions: Vasily Perov--Soviet Approval

Figure 1.--Perov painted "Tea-Party at Mytishchi near Moscow" in 1862. Serdom had been abolished the year before, but conditions for the exploited Russian peasantry was still little changd. Perov's atitude toward the clergy is obvious. The painting is located at the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

The Soviets embraced most of the 19th century Russian painters who did genre studies of rural serfs and urban workers, especially ons depicting the wretched living conditions. Rarer were anti-clerical paintings. Anti-clerical studies like "the Village Sermon" (1861, Moscow, Tret’yakov Gallary) made Perov a particular favorite of Soviet authorities who were doing heir best to destroy the Orthadox church. HBC sees "Tea-Party at Mytishchi near Moscow" in 1862 and even more seering inditetment of the clergy.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: January 15, 2002
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