The painting, imbued with a good humor, is a satire of manners so frequent in the works of Peredvizhniki (Wanderers) movement. It is otherwise known as On a stroll or A walk in the countryside. Just like the other realists who wandered the Russian countryside, Kuznetsov is capturing ambience, family life and local character in lighter palette freed from artistic restrictions of the academies. The sentimental approach to the countryside combining realism with an emotional attachment to the Russian folk, are visible in the work.
The artist is striving for naturalness of the depiction. In the meticulous mimic of the three strolling person, two young and an old woman, manifests narrative talents and observation skills of the painter (Instytut Polsko-Radziecki (1954), Kwartalnik Instytutu Polsko-Radzieckiego, Volume 3, Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, p. 110).
Grotesque looking old lady on the right, possibly mother of a young girl opposite, is dressed in a crimson dress. The young bachelor dressed according to contemporary Russian fashion is proposing a stroll to his bride – a young bright hair girl with a dachshund. The whole scene was placed in an entourage of a birch alley, a symbol of spring, love and virginal purity in Russian folklore, at the entrance to the wood. Is is in this way an emanation of beauty of the folk way of life and people's relation with surrounding world.
The canvas was signed in cyrillic and dated by the artist on bottom right: Н. Кузнецовъ. 85 (N. Kuznetsov. 85).
oil on canvas, 1885, 54 × 47.5 cm (21.3 × 18.7 in), inventory number M.Ob.470, currently not on permanent display, Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie (MNW)
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