Description of the painting & quot; From apartment to apartment & quot ;, Vasnetsov, 1876

Description of the picture:

From apartment to apartment – Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. 1876. Oil on canvas. 54×67

   The picture is filled with hopelessness and pessimism. Gray Petersburg late autumn, a couple of old people wander along the promenade with their simple belongings in their hands. Judging by the clothes, we have before us the family of a petty official. The coming winter, a rise in the price of rents, a modest pension – all this forced the elderly couple to look for cheaper housing. Judging by the look of the old man, carefully cast by him on his wife, he feels guilty of what happened. The old woman is impenetrable and concentrated on the road. A faithful dog accompanies its owners, the same old, the same doomed, the same obedient to fate.

   The backdrop is the silhouettes of the Peter and Paul Fortress, the already frozen Neva, the skeleton of an old boat. Vasnetsov tells the viewer the route of the heroes: judging by the position of the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the old people move from Vasilyevsky Island to the cheaper Petrograd side.

   Gray sky, gray-yellow snow, thawed on the Neva, gulls flying over the thawed. A depressing landscape emphasizes the sadness of the plot."

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