The curious children. 1955, Oil on Canvas, 210×130
The world of children, especially interested and exited Arpenik Nalbandyan, gave her a rich source for canvasses.
"The curious children" painted in 1955 is of this series, which was showed in Moscow exhibition, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Great October. Unfortunately, we are presenting now only the black and white photo of the work, and the sketch is kept in the Armenian National Gallery.
Artashes Kalantaryan tells the following about the work's name. "Was it in Bjni, Goris or Dilijan, I don't remember? She was transferring a small landscape to the canvass, when a strained clatter or sound of dry branch attracted her attention. She turned her head and saw village children. They had approached in unnoticed manner from the back, had roosted on the simple wooden fence like birds and were looking at the painting board with surprised and widely opened eyes. The painter thought they were really birds and soon would fly because of her movement. For a while she was admired looking at their homely clothes and bared foot, their clean and innocent eyes. Then she quietly put the landscape aside and painted them on the simple wooden fence, like birds ready to fly."