“In winter,” Konstantin Korovin – overview of the painting

“In winter,” Konstantin Korovin – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Konstantin Korovin
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1894

Overview of the painting :

In winter – Konstantin Korovin. 1894. Oil on canvas. 37.2 x 52.5 cm

   Konstantin Korovin is one of the founders of domestic impressionism. It was always amazed how accurately artists convey fleeting moments of the existence of nature, animals and humans. Falling in love with this style while traveling to Paris, he brought a lot of new, Russian, distinctive, his own into it. Admired by Claude Monet, was a bright follower of I. AND. Levitan and M.AT. Nesterova. And beloved student A.K. Savrasova. The landscape painter is used to writing from nature, so his work is characterized by amazing accuracy of the color scheme, emotional saturation, powerful energy and natural composition.

   A creator with a difficult fate and character, which was deeply expressed in his works, especially later. A significant part of his life, the master had to spend away from his homeland. He endured separation heavily, yearning for friends, forests, fields, gray autumn sky and bright leaves. But most of all in the Russian winter.

   The painting “Zimoy” was created in 1894. The appearance of the mid-Russian winter is transmitted sincerely and lyrically. This work resembles the style of painting of the author’s favorite teacher, Savrasov. Even in the textbook landscape of the teacher “Dumbs flew in”, you can notice a similar play of light and shadow, emphasizing the nature of early spring.

   The intimate composition of winter is friendly, where everything is focused on the foreground, closed from the rest of the space to the right by end, and on the left by gardening.

   On the canvas we see a log-shaped rural house, shaken from time to time. The image is framed by a fence on which some objects of clothing hang. This creates a feeling of closeness, intimacy of what is happening. The contemplator seems to be becoming part of the plot.

   The central part of the canvas is occupied by a black horse with a cart. This object is highlighted not only in its location, but also in color. The color scheme of the canvas is silver gray. And this is the darkest and most saturated emphasis of work.

   This is not a high-breed crow stallion, but a simple village horse, tired of hard work. The animal stands thoughtfully bowing its head and dutifully awaits the owner. And the sled is ready for the trip: a soft seat and a warm samotka blanket are prepared for the chariot.

   The gate is open. Either the owner is about to leave, or it drove a guest for a short while. Complemented the Russian identity of the landscape three, standing apart, white birch.

   Snow cover is depicted in another technique. Small pastoral smears help convey the relief and stickiness of the snow. The picture is written with tender and faithful love for its native land, nature and Russian soul.