Music of the Steppes

Painting depicting a group of riders, perhaps a family,with a man, two women and a child. The man in a black hat (karabalak) with a pointed beard in a white shirt and trousers, leads the group on the left of the painting, riding a grey donkey with a saddle. He is followed by a woman dressed in a white, striped turban, yellow shirt and skirt and a dark green waistcoat, riding a white donkey with a saddle cloth with a red pattern. Behind is a young woman dressed in a red headscarf and a blue dress, playing a flute. She is riding a camel with a striped saddle cloth over a wooden frame. A small child dressed in a red cap, white shirt and brown trousers clasps her waist from behind. The riders are travelling across steppe with green, purple and yellow vegetation. The sky is in purple, white and yellow clouds. Impressionistic in style. Painted on canvas with a painted wooden frame. Inscribed Серкеев Б. 2000. in the lower left corner, with a white inscribed label on the lower right Серкеев Б. степная музыка. 22.725c. Mounted on a plain wooden frame with triangular hardboard corners with a white stick-on label numbered ‘7’. Inscribed with the artist’s name худ. Серкеев Базарбаи – 1942 “степная музыка” – 16.04.200 r. Х- М. R. Nukus.

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