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Rubens is an artist from the Netherlands, very prolific, characterized by stupid vitality, optimism and lightness of hand. In his works he combined Bruegel realism with the achievements of the Venetian school, wrote on mythological and religious themes, simple nature, portraits of people. His paintings are very diverse and versatile.
“The Return of Peasants from the Field” is a large landscape representing a panorama of the countryside. The sun has already set, behind the grove by the river you can see the reflections. The sky is covered with clouds, they are mobile and resemble gold in color. They appear as soft as feather pillows and as light as feathers.
Under the sky is an ordinary rural landscape. A shallow river flows between the gentle banks. The wind moves the trees. Cows and sheep graze, a man on a cart chases horses. The peasant girls are returning to the village - barefoot, tanned, in simple dresses, with scarves on their heads. They carry forks and rakes, green hay, an armful of flowers. They are tired for the day, in their poses visible relaxation and contentment. The oncoming traveler waves him - they look back at him and laugh. Hot summer reigns.
The road is covered with dust, the sun has just ceased to fry anyone who comes out of the shade. There is a lot of work in the fields, a lot of work with animals, and it is so easy to imagine how to get from the village where the girls go, barking dogs. How it smells of cooked food, how people with rough calloused hands sit down at the table and eat, economically picking up the whole gravy with bread.
This is a simple life in golden and red colors, the life of people who are infinitely close to the earth, living by its grace. Rubens conveys the very mood of such a life in brown-orange tones, dilutes with stunted greens, lubricates one with the other and makes it flow into each other.
If you close your eyes while standing in front of the picture, you can hear the laughter and conversations of the girls hurrying home.
Picture of Spring