“On a summer evening at the porch,” Konstantin Korovin – overview of the painting

“On a summer evening at the porch,” Konstantin Korovin – overview of the painting
“On a summer evening at the porch,” Konstantin Korovin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Konstantin Korovin
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: 1922

Overview of the painting :

On a summer evening at the porch – Konstantin Alekseevich Korovin. 1922. Oil on canvas. 84 x 64 cm

   Konstantin Korovin is rightfully considered the first and outstanding Russian impressionist. Although the painter himself was angry when he was ranked among the representatives of this area. The master said that he was for “pure” painting, free from both the strict canons of the academic school and all kinds of directions and “isms”. But looking at the canvas “A summer evening at the porch”, one cannot help but notice that it is written in a pronounced manner of impressionism. Here is the color wealth, and contrasting comparisons, and a special light air environment, and a sweeping writing technique.

   Studying the heritage of Korovin, it can be noted that in his work rural houses are very common, namely verandas, porch, front. The paintings “Behind the Tea Table”, “Portrait of Chaliapin”, “Girl with a Guitar”, “Paper Lanterns”, etc. immediately come to mind. But if the actions of these works unfolded, so to speak, in the exterior, then in this work the author decided to show us the porch from afar. Drowning in greenery, illuminated by artificial light and moonlight, the porch looks hospitable and romantic. The author seems to invite the viewer to follow.

   Korovin was able to convey many picturesque nuances that allow, despite the conditional impressionist style, to tell us about the reality of what is happening. This and the restless pre-sumerical sky, which is reflected in the window of the veranda, and the illuminated ceiling above the porch, and the uneven color of the greenery – a bright picture at the foreground, where it takes out light, and dark to black in the depths of the canvas. The greens in the foreground are depicted with strokes directed in one direction, which brings dynamism to the picture on one side, and on the other some ephemerality of what is happening. Perhaps this is not a reality at all, but a hotly beloved atmosphere that pops up in memory. Maybe this is exactly the house where representatives of the so-called Abramtsian circle gathered at one time, the center of which was the patron Savva Mamontov …

   Konstantin Korovin created this work shortly before he left his beloved homeland forever – on the urgent advice of A. The Lunachar painter left for France from the new Soviet state, where he could not find a place for himself. It is known that the artist was very homesick. In Europe, he lacked Russian nature, his native speech, birch trees, such evenings at the porch of the village house.