Dairy Maids

Artist: Pavel Filonov
Date: 1914
Media: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 117 x 152.5 cm
Ownership: Russian Museum, St Petersburg
Museum of Artistic Culture, Leningrad (until 1926)
Dairy Maids


This canvas belongs to a cycle of twenty-two works painted before the revolution by Pavel Filonov entitled Entry into World Prosperity. The artist created a series of anti-urbanist pictures reflecting his dreams of an ideal existence in harmony with nature and his concerns regarding the growing anti-humanism of modern society.

Pavel Filonov depicts a typical scene from peasant life, which is contrasted with the terrible destructive force of the city, where all sorts of fantastic events unfold – albeit on a much smaller scale, like in a medieval icon. Dairy Maids is an allegory intertwining the worldly with the religious, combining the everyday with the eternal.

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