“First Snow”, Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov – overview of the painting

“First Snow”, Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov – overview of the painting
"First Snow", Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov
  • Museum: Tverskoy Regional Art Gallery
  • Year: 1946

Overview of the painting :

The first snow is Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov. Oil on canvas. 113 x 146 cm

   It was 1946, the first post-war year. It was one of the heaviest for a country restoring industry and agriculture. And in this difficult time, the artist writes one of the most lyrical paintings, filled with light and quiet joy.

   Despite the simple plot and the lack of bright colors, the canvas attracts the views of the audience. Calm silver-blue, ash-gray tones and a variety of shades of white color perfectly convey the pearl light of the winter morning, the feeling of fresh air and light frost. The vertical arrangement of the canvas creates a sense of spaciousness.

   The village dressed up, hiding in the first snow outfit. Spinning, fluffy flakes slowly fall from the sky, all around white and white. Attention immediately attracts the deaf wall of a small wooden house. The shaggy logs changed their color over time, became grayish-white, only in some places still the light brown spots of a real tree have been preserved. The slots between them are carefully unpacked with reddish pacts.

   Near the house in a small front gardener there is a large sprawling birch. Her thin branches quietly swing in the wind, chocolate-brown earrings knock on logs quietly. Dark marks on the trunk of a tree turn black against the background of a snow-capped village and a gloomy sky. High bushes with roasted leaves stick out of the snowdrift near the birch. A sloping fence awaits the master’s hands.

   The first snow transformed everything around: decorated the old roof, lay down on a wet ground with a soft blanket. A large puddle at the front garden at night froze and a snowball gradually covers greenish gray ice. A raven is walking around.

   On the upper step of the house, children froze, surprised by the wonderful change in the appearance of the village. The boy managed to get dressed for a walk: on his feet are large, crushed gray boots with shiny galoshes, a warm black coat for growth, a fur hat of a earflap is low on his forehead. He is a little bewildered and silently examines the changed street. With him, forgetting to cover the door behind him, an older girl jumped out of the house. Havingtily put her legs in black boots, she threw a woolen light sand scarf with bachroma on her head and froze, holding it with her hands. A bright home dress moves quietly in the wind. From under a thick dark chestnut bangs, mischievous eyes peek out, a gentle blush plays on his cheeks. Raising her face to the sky and biting her lower lip, she enchantedly looks at the falling snow. Admiration and expectation of a miracle burns in my eyes. It seems that the girl is now jumping with enthusiasm and slamming her hands. Soft scattered light illuminates everything around, almost without creating shadows on the first snow cover.

   The artist does not use pure white in the picture at all. Seeking to achieve the effect of snow radiance, it creates a huge variety of halftones, mixing white paint with mother-of-pearl-blue and silver shades.

   In the background of the canvas, heavy lead gray clouds hang low above the ground. Small houses almost dissolve against the dark gray-blue sky. Only roofs covered with freshly fallen snow, pale blue spots attract attention. Light ash and white smoke flows along the logs, pressing to the ground. On the street deserted, everything breathes peace.

   The morning silence is disrupted by the dragon’s dragon’s dragon’s dragon, which is funly jumping on the branches of birch, and the quiet voice of a man driving along the street in a sleigh.

   A enchanting winter fairy tale filled with quiet joy, happiness and warm memories. This picture is still widely known, many generations of schoolchildren wrote an essay on it. Legally, rightfully occupies a worthy place among the masterpieces of Soviet art.