Painting “Autumn Morning”, Myasoedov, 1893
- Author: Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1893
Overview of the painting :
Autumn morning – Grigory Grigoryevich Mäsoedov. 1893. Oil on canvas. 88×70
Autumn landscapes are especially loved by artists. The color that nature gives at this time is characterized by a special bright sadness.
Before us is a forest generously painted in the fall. A brook hiding in fallen leaves, as if hiding in a blanket in anticipation of winter frosts. The islands of summer green still remind of warm and dry time. The sky is hidden by foliage and branches, but, apparently, the day will be clear. The thick and viscous autumn sun has already painted the bark of trees in reddish. The fog is not completely distracted. So far, only a riot of multi-colored autumn leaves makes the forest elegant, almost fabulous.
Warm, yellow occupies the largest landscape area. It is picked up by red, balances the color palette – brown, brown. Violet floral inclusions complete the color spectrum of work.
Only one detail speaks of a certain “presentation” of a person in the landscape – the foam in the foreground undoubtedly remained from a sawn tree.
The picture creates a special, complex atmosphere: on the one hand, the autumn forest cannot but admire its multi-coloredness, on the other hand, the author clearly hints that very soon bright and cheerful colors will give way to the inexpressive and sad. The approach of winter is felt in every bright sheet, in every blade of grass.
The viewer’s look runs after the brook, further into the forest. The foggy blue against the background of the landscape seems mysterious and attractive.
Autumn is especially rich in warm colors, but sadness inevitably inspires, because a cold winter will come for it. A charming and surprisingly beautiful natural wilting is imprinted in this canvas with special skill. The artist managed to convey not only the mood of the autumn day in the forest, but also the special perspective that small details form in the foreground and the mighty old trees leaving for the distance.
It seems that the golden color of the falling foliage prevails in the picture – the surface of the earth is densely dotted with multi-masted leaves in all shades of yellow gamma. Some of them still hold firmly on the branches, depriving the forest of a characteristic winter transparency. This makes it clear that there is still at least a month before winter, and there is time to enjoy the last warm days.
There are so many leaves on the earth that they seem like a single soft blanket, which nature carefully harbors the forest and its inhabitants from future colds. The leaves are also sprinkled with a small brook, which is barely guessed under its layer. The grass is still green off its coast, and it is very lively landscape. The forest looks untouched by the human hand, and only a stump in the foreground from a clearly spitting barrel makes it clear that people have time to visit this quiet natural protected area.