“Lunny Night”, Stanislav Yulianovich Zhukovsky – overview of the painting

“Lunny Night”, Stanislav Yulianovich Zhukovsky – overview of the painting
"Lunny Night", Stanislav Yulianovich Zhukovsky - overview of the painting - 1

  • Author: Stanislav Julianovich Zhukovsky
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1899

Overview of the painting :

Moonlight Night – Stanislav Yulianovich Zhukovsky. Oil on canvas. 88 x 115 cm

   This picture for its time was a manifestation of innovative techniques and fresh trends in painting. Before Zhukovsky, few tried to portray a snowy bar estate, flooded with cold moonlight. Due to the undoubted artistic advantages of the canvas, it was acquired in the Tretyakov Gallery, where it is still located.

   The picture shows the landowner of the estate, covered with snow. The plot is written on a lunar night, so everything around is flooded with cold yellowish green light. It is reflected in the glasses of a large house with fligels, creating additional light and color accents.

   The house stands on a high base, a rather steep snowy staircase leads to the entrance. The building itself is also located on a hill, which is emphasized by two stone elements of another staircase in the garden located in the foreground. Thus, it seems that the house rises above the viewer, and above its roof you can see a dark blue night sky with shiny cold stars.

   The moonlight pouring space outlined clear dark shadows cast by thin bare trees and shrubs. They further deepen the perspective and make the space voluminous. The same “play” and non-standard color distribution is light below (snow), and dark at the top (blue night sky).

   The one-story wooden building is no different from the outstanding, but the snow is depicted with unrivaled skill. Traces, shadows, overflows of light are visible on it. Thanks to the talented image, the snow cover seems real, voluminous and fluffy.

   The masterly of paints and the ability to correctly distribute light makes the picture lively, voluminous and impressive. The simplicity of the plot used only emphasizes and reinforces the impression of the artist’s artistic talent.