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O. Murashko is a bright representative of ethnic painting in Ukraine. His fate was tragic, and his career was thorny. In his works, the artist reflected the life of ordinary Ukrainians, their life and customs.
The painting “Winter” tells a whole story and has a deep philosophical meaning. A guy and a girl on a winter day go by the hand. It can be assumed that they are together. Behind the heroes lies an endless distance.
Young people are near a frozen river, on the shore you can see several trees. Closer to the horizon, a strip of water is visible.
The clothes of the characters reflect the culture of the Ukrainian people. That is what people looked like in the winter. Warm "covers" made of animal skins were a reliable protection against frost in the winter. A guy in a national Ukrainian hat, and a girl in a painted scarf.
Tied up with a red belt is also a Ukrainian tradition. The guy and the girl are dressed smartly and maybe they are going on a visit, and this is indicated by the package at the guy’s hand, because you need to come to visit with a treat or a gift.
In winter, the Ukrainian people celebrate many traditional holidays and the history of their origin is rooted in paganism. It can be assumed that the artist displayed one of such winter celebrations. The girl is very beautiful, but her face expresses sadness. The guy is serious and somewhat alarmed.
The history of the Ukrainian people is written in blood. Despite the constant struggle, the Ukrainian people received the long-awaited independence only in 1991. Murashko himself became a victim of anti-Ukrainian politics, but nevertheless made an invaluable contribution to the culture of the Ukrainian people.
The emotions of the heroes of the picture reflect the real mood of the Ukrainians of that time. Behind a harmonious image lies sadness, a subtle mood, a subconscious sadness about the lack of freedom.
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