“Abramtsevo. Summer landscape ”, Repin – overview of the painting
- Posted by Ilya Efimovich Repin
- Museum: GMII them. Pushkin
- Year: 1880
Overview of the painting :
Abramtsevo. Summer landscape – Ilya Efimovich Repin. 1880. Oil on canvas. 37.5 x 61 cm
The airy landscape, literally permeated with the atmosphere of summer day, depicts a beautiful terrace with a beautiful snow-white staircase leading down from home. The predominant color of the canvas is all the shades of green, reflecting the wealth of wildlife. The beauty of a sunny warm day is reflected in every detail – the fresh color of vegetation, the terracotta shade of the terrace, the white dress of the walking lady – everything literally screams about a relaxing leg and a calm, measured vacation.
This picture strikes with many small and seemingly inconspicuous details. Terrace is framed by a decorative flowering curb, on it at the entrance to the house, at the steps of the white stairs there are large decorative plants in the frames. A lady standing and peering into the distance sat on an elegant folding white stool.
The cottage is surrounded by mighty green trees, which seem to frame the picture. This is a kind of protection, protection from the whole world with its unpleasant reality. The small cozy little world Abramtsevo seemed to hide in this greenery, dissolved in eternal contemplative. The artist was remarkably able to convey the complete calm of nature, which is not worried about petty human passions.
The unity of man and nature, the harmony of the old and the old with the tender and aristocratic, as well as a special color and a deep-fascinating composition – all this about the “Summer landscape”, written in 1879 by Ilyoi Repin.
The scene is Abramtsevo, the possession of a friend of Repin Savva Mamontova; the characters are the spouse of the artist, walking in a wild overgrown park; action time is one of the summer days.
Saturated dark green paints, coupled with thick reeling and falling apart flimsy bridge, seemed to create an oppressive heavy atmosphere, however, this does not happen. The heroine in a bright elegant dress seems to cover the whole picture from the inside. She walked around the garden and stopped for a second on the bridge, leaned against unreliable railing, staying deep in her thoughts and enjoying the silence, so that afterwards she would continue her boardwalk around the overgrown garden.
This moment was snatched by Repin, creating a beautiful picture, which can be safely called one of the best examples of Russian landscape lyrics in his work. Time will pass, and the heroine of the picture will part with the artist – we will never know the reasons, since the painter never advertised his family problems. However, the wonderful picture “Summer landscape” will forever fit into Russian fine art, striking with its technical and colorful embodiment.