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THE SLAV EPIC

THE MAGNUM OPUS OF ALPHONSE MUCHA

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The Abolition of Serfdom in Russia: Work in Freedom is the Foundation of a State - 1914

In Russia, serfdom was abolished by means of the Emancipation Edict of 1861, much later than elsewhere in Europe, The painting of the occasion shows a subdued crowd, uncertain as to what to make of the event, as perhaps expressed by the mother and child figure looking out from the left, her anxious expression reflecting the hard peasant life.

 

This sense of division between rulers and ruled is emphasised by the way in which St Basil's cathedral, the only central depiction of an extant building in the series, looms over the crowd with a somewhat threatening presence.