Overview of the painting “Taking the Snow Town”, Surikov, 1891
- Posted by Vasily Ivanovich Surikov
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1891
Overview of the painting :
The taking of the snow town is Vasily Ivanovich Surikov. 1891. Oil on canvas. 156×282
Vasily Ivanovich Surikov (1848-1916) is an outstanding master of historical painting of the second half of the 19th century. An intuitive sense of history, a deep knowledge of antiquity and the powerful energy of painting led him to the path of high creativity. Having created his famous trilogy of historical paintings dedicated to the XVII-XVIII centuries, Surikov became honored throughout Russia.
The painting “Taking a Snow Town” was written by an artist in his hometown of Krasnoyarsk, where he left Moscow, seriously experiencing the death of his beloved wife Elizabeth Chare. Here the painter came to life again, carried away by the traditions of the region and the events of local history. The artist embodied his ideas about the nature of the Cossacks, the folk life of Siberia.
Surikov, who had the Cossack roots in his family, was close to local morals and fun festivities. The composition of the picture is dynamic, full of movement, the viewer seems to be involved in the universal action, feels frosty air and snow flying apart.
In the comic capture of the snow fortress, the artist depicted the youthful enthusiasm of the successful rider overcoming the barrier. The ruddy, joyful faces of the Siberians looking at this sight are full of vitality. In the sleigh turned to the audience appears the brother of the artist – Alexander.
For this, the Surikov canvas received a silver medal at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900.