Moscow Courtyard, Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov, 1878

Moscow Courtyard, Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov, 1878
Moscow Courtyard, Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov, 1878 - 1

  • Author: Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1878

Overview of the painting :

Moscow courtyard – Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov. 1878. Oil on canvas. 64.5×80.1

   The Moscow Courtyard is the most famous painting by Polenov, in which the path of Russian art of the 1870s was first outlined, which sought to dissolve the genre principle characteristic of realism of the mobile phones. The logs displayed a typical corner of old patriarchal Moscow, seen in the summer sunny morning. In the picture we see the now existing Spas church in Peski near Arbat, an old manor with a lush garden, dilapidated sarai, large yard, where the children play, a woman with a bucket, going towards carefree walking chickens – the coexistence of large and small worlds, which surprisingly embodies the image of Moscow of the 19th century with a village way of life. Nothing escapes the view of the painter, and this whole harmonious idyllic world is carefully and lovingly conveyed using bright air captive painting.

   The picture was accepted at the Sixth Mobile Art Exhibition; the author was very embarrassed that such a mundane plot, created under the impression of quickly, easily and without any particular difficulties, interested the Partnership of such venerable artists as K. E. Makovsky, A. K. Savrasov, I. N. Kram, N. N. Ge and others. The canvas was a success, P. soon bought it. M. Tretiakov for his collection.