Pechersky Monastery near Nizhny Novgorod, Savrasov
- Posted by Alexey Kondratievich Savrasov
- Museum: Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum
- Year: 1871
Overview of the painting :
Pechersky Monastery near Nizhny Novgorod – Savrasov. 1871. Oil on canvas. 101.5×215; 131 cm
The painting “Pechersky Monastery near Nizhny Novgorod” (variations with the “under” and “y” unions are also found) is primarily devoted to the Volga. The painter admired the greatness of the Volga landscapes and sought to transfer his love to the canvas. This work is the largest in size in the series dedicated to the Volga. Many art historians agree that this picture can be called a harbinger of the Volga landscapes of Levitan.
At the foot of the hill there is a beautiful view of a small provincial city – the water surface has spilled widely, clouds are quickly running, slender trees are swinging in the wind, and the roofs of houses are visible in all this natural splendor. The viewer’s look will certainly rush to the horizon, where the outlines of the white monastery, deliberately highlighted by the artist’s hand, are visible. A change in the color palette is also visible in the image of the sky – it is lighter and cleaner.
The painting was awarded the first prize of the competition organized by the Society for the Promotion of Artists in 1871, and was immediately bought by Pavel Tretyakov, and after 60 years she found a new home – the Nizhny Novgorod Art Museum, which is quite logical.