“A street in Florence in the rain,” Konstantin Korovin – overview of the painting

“A street in Florence in the rain,” Konstantin Korovin – overview of the painting
“A street in Florence in the rain,” Konstantin Korovin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Konstantin Korovin
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1888

Overview of the painting :

Street in Florence in the rain – Konstantin Alekseevich Korovin. 1888. Oil on canvas. 38 x 19 cm

   In 1888, Konstantin Korovin went on a big trip to Europe. Such a busy journey became possible thanks to the philanthropist Savve Mamontov, who gathered extraordinary, talented personalities around him. Korovin worked at the Mammontova Private Opera, decorating the scenery for performances. A kind of tradition of the patron was the export of people close to spirit and creativity abroad. In Europe, Korovin wrote a series of wonderful paintings, among which is a romantic, expressive “Street in Florence.”.

   The narrow streets of one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, Florence, are represented by a Russian painter in a bold, sweeping technique. Korovin generally avoided academicism, calling strict classical canons “dead”. The canvas is poured in colors in the most daring comparisons.

   The uneven road of the street, going deep into the picture, glistens with a wet surface – most likely the rain is about to end (or still goes). Two closed crews are slowly driving along the road. The street is a little crowded. You can only notice rare, as if the figures of passers-by who were choking from the rain, which the artist did not prescribe in detail. Along the streets rise at home with lifted small windows. The distances between them are so close that it seems, if desired, neighbors on opposite sides can talk, not really raising their voice.

   But not the real environment, albeit very expressive, but the world of sensations attracts the viewer in this picture Konstantin Korovin. By his creative method, the Russian artist chose impressionism, which at the forefront put the value of the moment, the variability of the world, barely tangible feelings and emotions. Although the master himself opposed what he was called an impressionist, since he considered himself an artist who practices “pure painting”.

   If you look at the presented canvas in detail, you can notice how boldly the artist combines colors, compares them, emphasizes contrasts – the corners of houses, the roof of the carriage, etc.d. But it’s worth stepping back a few steps, all these detailed contrasts are built into a whole harmonious plot, full of halftones and finely labeled nuances. The texture of a picturesque surface plays and overflows. Undoubtedly, the value of the picture in its color. The master’s manner is literally “breathing” with freedom – his stroke is sloppy and wide, with an uneven impulsive line.

   As for the mood of the canvas, it fully corresponds to the main motto of Korovin – to show the beauty and joy of life. So the inconspicuous rainy day of the artist breaks up into myriad of beautiful drops, which, spilled onto the narrow street of Florence, turned it into a beautiful micromir, full of colors, air and life.