“Paris after the rain,” Konstantin Korovin – overview of the painting

“Paris after the rain,” Konstantin Korovin – overview of the painting
“Paris after the rain,” Konstantin Korovin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Konstantin Korovin
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: 1900

Overview of the painting :

Paris after the rain – Konstantin Alekseevich Korovin. 1900. Oil on canvas.

   This picture is a magnificent example of the painting of impressionism. If you stand very close to the canvas, you can not see anything specific, only a mess of energetic, large colored strokes. But you just have to move away, as everything falls into place and the impression of the picture changes. It becomes a whole and very spectacular image of wet night Paris – such as it is seen through the veil of rain by a random passer-by. This effect is the very impression, or impression sought by impressionist artists.

   The picture is designed in pleasant, cool greenish-olive and yellowish tones. That is what moonlight seems through rain streams. It floods the whole city with a ghostly radiance, dissolving the contours and turning everything around into a scenery of a fabulous play.

   The canvas depicts one of the Paris boulevards with tall and lush trees. Passers-by roam the road, shining with water, lonely fiacres travel, and trees heavy from the rain serve as original backstage. The houses behind them merge with the color of the sky, which seems airy and completely unrealistic. They resemble contours carved in a lemon night sky. Only glowing yellow windows give buildings volume and expressiveness – people live there.

   In the picture, only a few bright light spots are the moon, weak gas lights and glare from them on wet surfaces. They add expressiveness to the canvas, revitalize it.

   In the complete absence of clear contours of any objects and characters, the picture perfectly conveys the general impression that Paris left at night after the rain. This effect is the feature that distinguishes the painting of impressionism.

   The total color scheme is very tender, muffled. It has a lot of greenish shades. They transmit wet night, while cold blue and purple paints are great for the dry night image. Korovin perfectly understood this, specially introducing a dense black color into his work. It perfectly shades delicate pearl colors, adding embossed, expressiveness and volume to the canvas. This technique changes the perception of the picture and makes it more effective.

   The artist paid a lot of attention to Paris, he was his favorite city until his death. This love is clearly felt in all his paintings depicting this wonderful city.