“Hunting”, Arkady Rylov – overview of the painting

“Hunting”, Arkady Rylov – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Arkady Alexandrovich Rylov
  • Museum: Smolensk Regional Museum
  • Year: 1917

Overview of the painting :

Sunset – Arkady Alexandrovich Rylov. Oil on canvas. 100 x 129 cm
   The painting by Arkady Alexandrovich Rylov “Zakat” was written in the revolutionary 1917. The blood red skies symbolize the crimson banner of the new world order, which the artist sincerely sympathized with. How not to remember the block lines “We will inflate a world fire on the mountain of all the bourgeoisie.”!

   Moreover, by sunset you can understand the end of the previous era. One way or another, the picture was interpreted and continues to be understood by art historians purely as symbolist and related to political background.

   If you do not take into account the symbolism of the canvas and look exclusively at the images of nature, at the colors and general mood of the picture, we can say that the picture brings an unaccountable sense of fear. Black and red flavoring through the sky dark clouds, bending branches, poisonous yellow glimpses between the clouds suggest the idea of a certain natural disaster.

   But if you look closely, it turns out that the emphasized-bright and unnatural tones that cause alarm are just a play of light. The setting sun illuminates the blue sky and the blue river with a crimson, and the light no longer enters the blackening needles of pines.

   Before the viewer is a traditional northern landscape. A view opens from a high shore, overgrown with coniferous trees, to a lower one, for which the sun sets. In the background are meadows, low hills, and shafts. Only not a single living inhabitant is visible…

   The painting is currently stored in the Smolensk Regional Museum. By the centenary of the writing, it was restored and exhibited in the Tretyakov Gallery. According to the reviews of modern viewers who visited the exhibition, it caused not anxiety, but, on the contrary, a feeling of bright light, summer and heat.