|The New Baby|
Lemokh painted this family several times over the course of his career. The room appears to be the corner of a barn based on the thick, plank floor and the rough walls. Tools hang on the wall. The canopy-type bed was commonly used to conserve body heat. Likely, the entire family slept in the same bed.
It is a testament to how soundly children sleep (or perhaps to how stealthy a married couple can be intimate) that there are six children...although two of them appear to be twins.
Well into his career, the Academy upgraded Lemokh to a "First Grade" painter. Lemokh's promotion may have been influenced by the fact that Lemokh tutored the Czar's children in art. Ahh! Politics.
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