Farmers at Table (1922) by Alberto Magnelli

Farmers at Table - Alberto Magnelli - 1922

Artwork Information

TitleFarmers at Table
ArtistAlberto Magnelli
Art MovementExpressionism
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About Farmers at Table

The artwork entitled “Farmers at Table” was created by the artist Alberto Magnelli in the year 1922. It is an exemplar of the Expressionism movement, which often emphasized the expression of emotional experience over physical reality. Classified as a genre painting, it depicts everyday scenes of life, specifically focusing on the agricultural community.

In the artwork, two figures presumed to be farmers are seen engaging with one another at a table. The figure standing dominates the composition with a strong blue shirt contrasting against the neutral tones of the background, while the seated figure appears more subdued, with earthier tones and less emphasis. A sense of movement and tension is imbued within the scene, possibly highlighting the physical and emotional toil associated with rural life. The forms are rendered with a degree of abstraction and simplification characteristic of Expressionist art, capturing more the essence and feeling of the subjects rather than their photographic likeness.

In their depiction, Magnelli has abstracted their forms to focus on angular lines and planes, creating a sense of rhythm and dynamic tension within the composition. This abstraction serves to express the inner emotions and psychological state of the figures, rather than adhering strictly to realistic representation. The painting utilizes a palette that is both vibrant in the use of blue and muted in its earth tones, likely reflecting the dual nature of the farmers’ existence—vibrant in their culture and community, yet grounded in the hard labor and simplicity of rural life. The artwork’s setting suggests an outdoor space, highlighted by the presence of a tree and the suggestion of a sky and open areas, which situates the subjects within their natural working environment. The table acts as a central focal point around which the figures are anchored, with objects on the table possibly representing the fruits of their labor.

Overall, “Farmers at Table” presents an evocative interpretation of rural life through the lens of Expressionism, capturing the essence of the subjects’ experiences through color, form, and composition.

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