The painting "The Empty" is an unspoken symbol of perseverance and firmness of character. It became a real revelation for the poor and peasants living in the village. Pryanishnikov depicted on her a man who managed to break out of the village and pave the way to knowledge. Although at first glance the plot is not so obvious.
Indeed, the first impression of a glance cast on the canvas is depressing. The color palette is full of shades of brown and gray. The day turned out to be frosty, business is moving towards evening. Gusts of strong icy wind sweep over the field. Just in the distance, a faint pink streak of sunset flickers. Lonely birds and an empty convoy reinforce the effect. A young man sitting in the foreground is not dressed for the weather. His coat is too thin to withstand such a frost. His scarf is too old to protect his neck from the wind. His posture is tense, he is clearly completely frozen.
However, a careful look will distinguish among the few things a young man has several textbooks. This reveals in him a city student who managed to break into the city and begin education. Most likely, he joined the convoys of peasants leading their way from the fair to visit his family. He is ready to endure much to achieve his goal.
It was such a work that the villagers wanted to see. Many of them, their children and grandchildren, walked a similar path. “The empty ones” is a clear proof that nothing can stop or break the strength of his spirit to the Russian man. A masterpiece is often correlated with the famous poem by Nekrasov, which tells about the difficult path of Mikhail Lomonosov to Moscow. His story is a reference example of the success of a simple young man who managed to become one of the best scientists in the country.
Camille Pissarro Boulevard Montmartre