“New Planet”, Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon – overview of the painting

“New Planet”, Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon – overview of the painting
"New Planet", Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1921

Overview of the painting :

The new planet is Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon. Cardboard, tempera. 101 x 71 cm

   This is one of the most controversial paintings of Yoon in many ways. Firstly, it stands out against the background of its lyrical, even benevolent and complacent landscapes. Secondly, a color scheme completely unusual for the artist is involved in it. Thirdly, catchy expression is used that does not occur in its other canvases. And the most basic thing is the only picture of the master, which is attributed to a diametrically opposite value.

   This is a very expressive and expressive canvas made in a characteristic style more for poster art. A red planet is born and rises on it, which can be interpreted both as the birth of a new state and as a threat of red terror. On the edge of the earth, small human figures rush out of themselves from horror, grief and misunderstanding of what is happening. They clutch at the head, pray and in fear extend their hands to the new lamp. There is so much strength and expressiveness in their gestures and poses that they alone make a dynamic static image dynamic.

   The ladles of alarming yellow color fill the canvas with energy and movement. Together with them, an scarlet planet rises from the bowels of space, all in red spots, as if in traces of baked and fresh blood. It scares and surprises at the same time, symbolizing radical changes in society. Her appearance will sweep away everything old and outdated, but here is what she will bring with her – good or perdition?

   The color scheme fully corresponds to the revolutionary orientation and expression of the canvas. It involves very bright, even aggressive colors – dark blue, yellow, red, black. But there are no open colors, all images have multi-colored glare, especially on human figures. It is like an imprint of fate, past and future life in the gleams of a bloody new planet.