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"How the Peasants Tried to Chase out the Landowners": Kustodiev’s ability to temper the violence depicted in the scenes illustrated is once again in evidence in this illustration, which shows peasants rising up against their landowner masters with shovels and axes.

In the background a white manor house has been set aflame, but the terror of the situation is cushioned by the perspective from above, the fact that the faces of the attackers are in many cases turned away from the viewer and the surrounding landscape of grass and leafy foliage.

 

The peasants are armed with the tools of their labor: pitchforks and scythes.