“After the Rain,” Alexander Mikhailovich Gerasimov – overview of the painting

“After the Rain,” Alexander Mikhailovich Gerasimov – overview of the painting
“After the Rain,” Alexander Mikhailovich Gerasimov - overview of the painting - 1

    • Author: Alexander Mikhailovich Gerasimov
    • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
    • Year: 1935

Overview of the painting :

After the rain – Alexander Mikhailovich Gerasimov. Oil on canvas. 78 x 85 cm

Gerasimov is the most famous Russian artist of the middle of the last century, who is a classical representative of such a direction in painting as socialist realism. Its portraits of leaders, politicians, marshals, intellectuals are popular in the Soviet country, are in demand and hang in almost all state institutions.

But no less well known is another facet of his talent – picturesque landscapes and gentle still lifes. And, perhaps, the picture “After the Rain” is the most vivid, masterfully performed work of Alexander Mikhailovich. He works actively and a lot in Moscow, but he loves to relax in his hometown of Kozlova, where he writes his famous wet terrace after the rain.

According to the recollections of those close to Gerasimov, the picture was performed, as they say, in one sitting – in just three hours, in a single breath, enthusiastically, with great enthusiasm, without corrections, without interruptions.

The composition of the canvas is built as if an observer, waiting for the rain inside the house, opens the door and suddenly sees this magnificent sight donated by nature. And she – washed, fresh, lively after noisy and mischievous summer rain – delights the painter.

The sun has not yet regained its strength, it is still hidden behind the reluctantly by the departing clouds. Thanks to this, the author caught a scattered, foggy sunlight, against the background of which foliage trembles, interwoven with bizarre green lace. A little more, and everything around will play and light up in the golden rays.

But while the rain has just ended, and the terrace itself, wet, onions in shiny spots, attracts the attention of the artist. How easily and unusually spectacularly Alexander Mikhailovich manages images of these wet surfaces with their pearl-silver overflows and shades. Still not dried drops of moisture everywhere – on the branches, peering under the canopy of the terrace, on wooden railing, on the boardwalk, on the black table.

On its surface polished from the water, an amazing way remained a vase with delicate, white-pink living flowers. But we can assume that the wind and rain, joining forces, hardly “worked”, as evidenced by the overturned glass jar nearby and crumbling petals from a bouquet.

In his youth, the artist was fond of impressionism and, perhaps, Gerasimov most fully reflected in this work the main idea of this direction – to catch and convey his fleeting impression of the real action taking place here and now.

At all exhibitions, wherever the painting “After the Rain” takes part, it always attracts the attention of viewers, makes them stop and enjoy this feeling of freshness and renewal. Once again, be surprised at the instant and unpredictable variability of the nature surrounding us. From which she becomes especially attractive in the eyes of a painter.

But it is through the works of creative people – artists, musicians or poets, that people are able to look differently at the world around them, to see the amazing in the simplest and most ordinary things.