Moving House, 1876, oil on canvas by Victor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov, Russian, 1848-1926. Vasnetsov was the key figure in the Revivalist movement in Russian art.
This couple is “moving house” carrying all they have with them in tight bundles and maybe not knowing where they will live. In addition to haunted places, tragedy and death images, there are shades and shadows in the human heart.
This painting was selected as the cover illustration for Nikolai Gogol’s novel, Dead Souls, in the Penguin Classics edition.