“After the rain. Prosholok ”, Fedor Vasiliev – overview of the painting

“After the rain. Prosholok ”, Fedor Vasiliev – overview of the painting
“After the rain. Prosholok ”, Fedor Vasiliev - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Fedor Aleksandrovich Vasiliev
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1869

Overview of the painting :

After the rain. Proselok – Fedor Aleksandrovich Vasiliev. Oil on canvas. 57 x 82 cm
   In the painting by Fedor Aleksandrovich Vasiliev “After the Rain. Prosholok ”pictured rural landscape: a country road leaving into the distance, and endless meadows.

   The upper part of the picture is occupied by the sky, drawn in clouds, through which sunlight barely peeps. In the distance, closer to the horizon, birds that are already gathering south are visible. The weather is autumn, inclement: the grass begins to darken and turn yellow, the road is washed away by rains and dotted with puddles, trees from the wind are clinging to the earth itself. Wheat is pounding on the golden field and hill on the left side – time to harvest.

   In the distance, people are visible, heading to the field. Closer to the viewer is a woman leading a stormy cow. On the heroine – a long skirt, head and shoulders wrapped in a dark red scarf. To the left of this pair is a black dog.

   On the left side of the picture are a fence and a pointer. They broke down, obeyed and overgrown with grass in some places.

   A skillful play with light gives the picture contrast: light, in warm shades, the middle of the canvas looks even more sunny compared to the dark fence on the left, as well as the clouds and the dense forest on the right. Because of this, the feelings from the picture are mixed: it seems that the rain has already passed, and the sun is about to look, but at the same time there remains a feeling of anxiety, danger, because at any moment a new downpour can collapse.

   Speaking about the technique of execution, it is worth noting the deliberate inaccuracy of drawing objects: Vasiliev writes freely, not highlighting the details too much. Thanks to this technique, the canvas becomes more lively.

   Such liveliness, lyrical mood, even poeticity – typical properties of Vasiliev’s paintings. He adored Russia and its nature and wrote extremely eagerly. Even in the image of the poor Russian peasantry, as in this picture, he put all his love for his native land.