Artist – Petrov -Vodkin
The painting "Noon", written in 1917 for the death of his father is a poetic story about the earthly being of man, a picturesque parable of the harmony of the divine world order, about the inevitability of the end and new beginning.
The peasant land, beautiful and powerful, with rich fields, green meadows, forests, with river floating distances and rafts floating along the blue tape of the river, wide open spaces. Against this background of the cosmic in his greatness of the landscape, the artist unfolds a picture of everyday human life, simultaneously representing all its stages – from birth to death. The painting metaphor of the life path becomes a road along which the sad procession of the village funeral is slowly moving. And around, on the green hills, as if the surgery of the earth, scenes of motherhood, love and labor. There are a guy and a girl on a hill – love is born. Under the lavish tree, a young mother feeds a newborn child. People are busy with everyday work: a man harvests firewood, cares for cattle, a woman travels in a cart on her economic affairs. In the meadow, resting, husband and wife are sleeping serenely. And again a woman with a baby in her arms, and again a new life begins. In this stream of worldly existence, subordinate to the circular icon rhythm of time, death is also natural and necessary as the birth of a child. This is part of the universe, the symbol of which is perceived by the branch of the apple tree with heavy ripe fruits. This also confirms the color sound “half a day” – a festive combination of white and red peasant clothes, herbs and foliage, blue crustaceans and yellow apples, as if exuding sunlight, spilling around the world.
Petrov-Vodkin refuses the traditional linear perspective in favor of the “spherical” and, as in many of his other canvases, widely reveals the spatial depth with smooth silhouettes of the hills, distant villages, the blue ribbon of the river. The picture contains the cosmic sense of reality that permeates the whole art of the artist. Do not grieve for a person who left the earth, but a quiet joy about the soul that has gone to God is the meaning of the artist’s parables.