Picture “Dnipro in the morning”, Archip Ivanovich Quinji

Picture “Dnipro in the morning”, Archip Ivanovich Quinji
Picture "Dnipro in the morning", Archip Ivanovich Quinji - 1

  • Posted by Arkhip Ivanovich Quinji
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1881

Overview of the painting :

Dnipro in the morning – Arkhip Ivanovich Quinji. 1881. Oil on canvas. 105 x 167 cm

   In the 1880s, Archip Quinji suddenly disappeared from the public, locked himself in his workshop. The painter, who was suddenly hotly criticized for excessive decorativeness and exposure tricks (there were those who claimed that the master artificially illuminated his canvases and therefore such an amazing radiance comes from them), decided to leave on the crest of his glory. Quinji hid from everyone for 20 years!

   But before we sharpen ourselves tightly in the workshop, the artist exhibited his favorite works, among which the painting “Evening on the Dnieper” found its place. The exhibition was repeated (the first took place in 1879, and the second in 1882).

   As if in edification to all the “talkies” who accused Quinja of an overly bright color color, the master decided this work in a completely different way – only calm muffled tones. However, the picture is in no way inferior in terms of the strength of the viewer’s influence on his bright “Brachnoe Grove” or, for example, “Rainbow”.

   White, dairy flowers conveyed a river ribbon that goes deep into the picture. The coast is depicted using grayish-green and brown wheels. The main emotional power of the picture is the transmission of unlimited steppe space. A rare bush of straps sticking out in the foreground only emphasizes this perfect chic.

   From the first seconds, the sky draws attention – here you can clearly notice the features of the impressionist style. The filled air-conditioned environment is transmitted by confident strokes of blue, yellow, pink and white.

   Quinja found an equivalent replacement for his catch and bright technique – this is an internal glow and magical overflows of halftones. Very often in the paintings of the painter you can see a very specific source of light – the sun, moon, rainbow, around which the whole story is built, but in this composition the author refused his favorite reception. Only a glow of the sky, a gentle light vibration and an incredible predawn whiteness – that’s how this attractive, magnetic picture “breathes”.

   The classical composition found a new color solution, and this created the right mood – a ringing silence, a quiet morning, dealing with the Dnieper, which changed the night darkness.

   The amazing Quinji had the unique ability to see what others just pass by. His paintings do not even need any clinginging element, just the most ordinary landscape is enough, and he, through the talented brush of a painter, acquires a completely different meaning, striking in his beauty and spirituality.