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Temptation

Author: Shilder Nicholas (Nicholas Woldemar) Gustavovich. 1828-1898
Creation date: 1857
Genre: Painting
This painting was one of the first artworks bought by P.M.Tretyakov for his collection. Shilder continues Fedotova's traditions, addressing a temptation theme of a "fair" poverty: matchmaker offers the girl living with sick mother, an expensive bracelet in exchange for "favor" to the man whose face is barely visible in a doorway. Edifying pathos of the picture reveals simple allegory - the cat trapping the mouse.
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