Autumn Troubles, Arkhip Ivanovich Quinji – overview of the painting

Autumn Troubles, Arkhip Ivanovich Quinji – overview of the painting
Autumn Troubles, Arkhip Ivanovich Quinji - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Arkhip Ivanovich Quinji
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1872

Overview of the painting :

Autumn U-Temptress – Arkhip Ivanovich Quinji. 1872. Oil on canvas. 70×110 cm

   The Quinja Archipus does not have many bleak paintings, but the “Autumn Spray” can be called one of the most bleak and hopeless stories.

   The choice of a social theme was due to the desire of the novice painter to join the Partnership of editorial artists who advocated not only for acquaintance with the visual art of the wider masses, but also for the sociality of art itself – the problem of inequality, the difficult life of the poor passed the main leitmotif in the paintings of many representatives of the Partnership.

   What does this gloomy canvas depict? The unsightly routine of the Russian village. A wagon rides along a wet road. We see a thin harnessed horse. Four wheels leave deep slush furrows, demonstrating that the road is more like just dirt. Traces are visible to the left of the road – some more, others less. This woman with a child, bent from heavy dampness, goes towards the village, which is barely noticeable due to gray-blue fog. A naked, absolutely lonely tree looks like a final touch to this sad landscape.

   Some researchers see an allegorical meaning in the image of a long road – an endless road symbolizes endless human patience.

   This is one of Quinja’s most striking, realistic works. Moreover, the strong effect is due not only to the nature of the plot, compositional construction, but also to color filling. Brown-green earth, black furrows from wheels, dark blue-gray sky, and all this is wrapped in thick and heavy fog. Ruin and poverty are what Quinji shows us through the gloomy autumn landscape.

   The canvas impresses the moisture and, it seems, you can feel the cold drops of the brainy morning, dampness and squelching dirt under your feet. An amazing touch effect that speaks of the greatest talent of a young painter.

   It seems that the bright strip at the horizon should affect the general mood, but this does not happen. A bright cloudless distance only emphasizes gloomy reality, playing in contrast with a foreground gray.

   Quinja has few such realistic and scanty works. Very soon, Archip Ivanovich was strong, gained confidence, and boldly left the society of mobile workers. Having maintained friendly relations with many members of the Partnership, Quinji went his own way – abandoning social topics, he became a master of the poetic landscape, creating real immortal masterpieces in this genre.