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Mean Collection, 1891 (oil on canvas)

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Mean Collection, 1891 (oil on canvas)

BAL105692 Mean Collection, 1891 (oil on canvas) by Mrevlishvili, A. (19th century); 34x45 cm; Georgian State Picture Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia; Russian, out of copyright

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Bailiff Injustice Oppression Oppressor Plead Pleading Pre Revolution Tax Collector Kulak Taxman


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This photograph showcases a print of the renowned painting "Mean Collection, 1891" by A. Mrevlishvili. Painted in oil on canvas during the 19th century, this powerful artwork measures 34x45 cm and is currently housed in the Georgian State Picture Gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia. The image depicts a scene of immense social inequality and injustice prevalent during pre-revolutionary Russia. The focal point of the painting is a tax collector or bailiff standing tall as he confronts a poverty-stricken family who pleads for mercy. The artist masterfully captures their desperation and vulnerability through their expressions and body language. The composition highlights the stark contrast between the wealthy oppressor, symbolizing power and authority, and the oppressed peasants struggling to make ends meet. This portrayal sheds light on the plight of kulaks, or wealthy peasants, who often acted as agents of oppression towards their fellow impoverished countrymen. Through this thought-provoking piece, Mrevlishvili exposes not only economic disparity but also societal injustices that were rampant at that time. It serves as a poignant reminder of how power imbalances can perpetuate cycles of poverty and suffering within communities. This historically significant artwork continues to resonate with viewers today due to its timeless themes of oppression and human struggle against an unjust system.

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