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The master of painting and graphics, Grigory Myasoedov, presented the admirers of his talent the famous work of art “Plowing” in 1876. A unique picture painted in oil on canvas. It is a reproduction of the most ancient rite of the Slavs, which was carried out by female peasant women at the time when cattle began to fall.
By the way, such images are extremely rare. Myasoedov decided to portray such a pagan rite, which was believed to be able to protect cattle from death, because the peasants plow the whole village from evil spirits.
The essence of the rite is that you need to form a furrow around so that the "cow death" could not pass through it. A heavy plow should be pulled by an unmarried girl, completely naked, accompanied by village women.
The burning fire threw glare on the faces of the acting characters, so it is clearly visible that the eyes of women are full of mystical horror and panic fear. It seems to the peasant women that they are ordained to some sort of sacrament, because the whole process has reached the highest point, after which the denouement must ensue.
The main figure of the rite is the sorceress. She leads the procession, is the manager of the ritual ceremony, however, this woman turned her back to the viewer. The artist did this on purpose, because the image of a sorceress is easy to recognize only by strange vestments.
The views and thoughts of the participants of the rite are concentrated on fire. It is known that the fiery element has a great power of purification. On the horizon visible in the distance, it begins to brighten: morning is approaching. In these early twilight, the figures of many participants in the ritual are simply guessed.
Grigory Grigorievich himself studied the customs of his ancestors, he infinitely believed in the miraculousness of the ritual depicted in the painting "Plowing". The painter created an atmosphere of hope for a good outcome under the influence of higher forces of nature.
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