“Flower meadow”, Arkady Alexandrovich Rylov – overview of the painting

“Flower meadow”, Arkady Alexandrovich Rylov – overview of the painting
"Flower meadow", Arkady Alexandrovich Rylov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Arkady Alexandrovich Rylov
  • Museum: Tverskoy Regional Art Gallery
  • Year: 1916

Overview of the painting :

Flower meadow – Arkady Alexandrovich Rylov. Oil on canvas. 62 x 116 cm
   The landscape “Flower Meadow” was created by Arkady Alexandrovich Rylov in 1916. Despite the turbulent revolutionary time, when the picture was written, as well as the very constrained living conditions in which the author was then placed, this pastoral breathes absolute calm and cleanliness.

   It is suggested that this picture was moderately propaganda, as it typically shows Russian idyll with birch trees, and was addressed to the defenders of the Motherland who participated in the First World War.

   The canvas depicts a poetic image of a mid-Russian meadow, densely dotted with daisies. It seems that you can even feel the thick aroma of spicy foliage and gentle petals. The gamma is dominated by white and green colors. In the foreground, green grass is scattered, strewn with violent flowering, and in the back you can observe the same white-green birch trees, as if rhyming with daisies in color.

   But the herbs that occupy most of the composition are not monochrome: some of them, drying out in the sun, turned yellow, while others, unevenly illuminated, seem almost black.

   Pink clouds float across the blue sky, these shades can be found at dawn. The forest behind is well lit by the sun, and it can be assumed that the artist depicted the beginning of a hot summer day. However, some art historians adhere to the opposite point of view: judging by the long lying shadows, it can be a windless summer evening.

   The picture does not depict a single living soul, and there are no hints of an indirect presence of a person: even in the distance no housing is shown. The meadow, flooded with sun and strewn with flowers, is self-sufficient and beautiful without outside influences.