Description of the painting by Nadezhda Udaltsova “Restaurant”

Description of the painting by Nadezhda Udaltsova “Restaurant”

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Udaltsova was a bright representative of the Russian avant-garde, therefore her work “Restaurant” is the embodiment of madness, chaos and disorder. Udaltsova drew this work in the wake of the popularity of the direction called “cubism”. The founder of cubism was the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, which is probably why we see so many references to Spanish culture in this work.

At the very top of the work, the inscription “Restaurant” is displayed in large letters. Thus, the artist explains to us what is depicted in the picture. There is no foreground or background. The meaning of cubism and avant-garde is to violate all the laws of morality, physics and life, therefore, all objects seem to be broken, fragmented, bifurcated.

In the distance you can see the silhouette of the door that leads to the institution. In front is a large double bass, which, due to the bright spotlight, begins to glow in blue. A little higher, in the air, a newspaper or a poster hovers that announces an upcoming dance concert, where the rhythm of passionate tango will be heard.

In the middle of the picture, as in the middle of the restaurant, two people were seated at a round, bright red table. The man and his lady came on a date. He is in a black tuxedo, she is in a red fitted dress and a hat with feathers that flow from a waterfall. A young couple is studying the menu. Helpful waiter has already brought guests a plate with grapes, arranged his glasses and opened the wine. A bright spotlight does not allow a young couple to be alone - they are in the center of attention.

The picture is painted in bright colors. Sometimes it seems as if the artist was switching to pastel or too dry the brush with paint to achieve the effect of relief, blurred lines. She confuses us. The debris of the details mislead us and prevent us from seeing the full picture of what is happening in the restaurant.

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