“Autumn Song”, Victor Borisov-Musatov – overview of the painting

“Autumn Song”, Victor Borisov-Musatov – overview of the painting
"Autumn Song", Victor Borisov-Musatov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Victor Borisov-Musatov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1905

Overview of the painting :

Autumn song – Victor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov. Paper, pastel. 45 x 63 cm
   Natural corners of ancient parks and gardens, the picturesque surroundings of Saratov and Tarusa have always served as a source of inspiration for Viktor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov.

   Romantic, slightly mysterious landscapes are an integral part of his paintings, giving the image harmonious integrity, creating a certain mood. In the last year of his life, the artist writes this sad autumn landscape.

   Quiet autumn day. The hill offers magnificent views of the riverbeds. Among the low shores overgrown with low bushes, a small glander slowly flows. The calm water reflects a high sky. A wide meadow extends behind her. Among the spots of reddish-brown, gray-beige, dried grass, lamp-olive, just starting to turn yellow, green islets are visible.

   A dense forest goes into the distance, hiding behind a ghostly haze near the horizon itself. Among the chocolate-bronze crowns of the trees, dark greens of fluffy spruce are visible.

   And above these expanses a high blue sky spread, drawn in light, translucent clouds. Bird flocks, gathered in a wedge, fly to warm edges.

   Framing this picture, there are slender birches. White trunks are viewed among yellow foliage, playing in a variety of shades: lemon, golden orange, warm amber. Thin branches lean down. Transparent cool air is filled with smells of late flowers and wet earth.

   Unbright, muffled colors, sloping paths give the image a softness and a touch of unreality.

   There are many sounds in the picture – a quiet rustle of leaves, sad farewell cries of birds, barely audible rustle of dry grass. The autumn song of nature is a moment of beauty captured by the artist.

   Filled with light and warmth, very lyrical, work gives rise to a sense of piercing sadness, recalling the speed of life, it sounds like a premonition of the soon departure of the master.