“Petersburg at sunset,” Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov – overview of the painting

“Petersburg at sunset,” Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov – overview of the painting
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    • Author: Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov
    • Museum: Russian Museum
    • Year: 1850

Overview of the painting :

Petersburg at sunset – Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov. Oil on canvas. 103 x 151 cm
St. Petersburg, majestic and beautiful. His strict and refined beauty inspired poets and writers, musicians and artists. Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov was no exception. Among the many of his early works, this picture stands out, allowing a fresh look at the city.

Mysterious time of white nights. A high blue sky spread over the capital, reflected in the mirror surface of a wide river, carrying its waters to the sea. The reflection of magnificent buildings and granite embankments dating back to the horizon is barely trembling in the river. The evening comes into its own rights. Fluffy clouds glowing in the rays of the setting sun with pale yellow shades, gradually tighten the sky, which begins to darken. In a light haze, spans of a distant bridge dissolve.

Life boils in the Neva: small boats scurry from one shore to another, a small boatman carries passengers. A two-masted vessel with sails anchored in the middle of the river smoothly sways sway. There is almost no wind, the flag is barely swaying on the mast. Young people in the stern admire the panorama of Vasilyevsky Island. Gulls fly low above the water.

The evening city is full of charm. Soft sunlight painted the walls of houses in warm sand-pink and haze-cream shades, with faint golden glare lay on the spire of the Admiralty and the dome of the St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

The artist uses a muffled non-small palette. Warm amber-beige and coffee-colored buildings harmoniously combine with cold ash-blue, blue-blue lilac, gray-gray shades of water, light-limon tones of clouds. All this together allowed the artist to perfectly convey the pearl-silver light of the upcoming twilight. Colors and shades smoothly flow into each other, giving the image realism.

Water and sky occupy most of the picture, giving rise to a sense of spaciousness and peace. Wet air carries coolness and freshness.

And, as always, the painter is very accurate in detail: sculptures of mighty lions on the embankment, wooden marina, old logs floating in the Neva, on one of which crows quarrel.

The majestic panorama of the city unfolds before us. You can consider the picture for a long time, admiring the uniqueness and beauty of the northern capital, recognizing familiar places.