Picture “Old Mill”, Polenov – description

Picture “Old Mill”, Polenov – description
Picture "Old Mill", Polenov - description - 1

  • Author: Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov
  • Museum: Serpukhov Museum of History and Art
  • Year: 1880

Overview of the painting :

The old mill is Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov. 1880. Oil on canvas. 135×88 cm

   The landscape genre in the work of Vasily Polenov has a special place, and there is a great irony in this. Dreaming even during his studies to rest on the laurels of the master of historical painting, Polenov entered the history of art precisely as an outstanding landscape painter. He created many “podjanrov” – a poetic landscape, a narrative landscape, a landscape of mood, etc.leaving lyrical descriptions of any places.

   The Old Mill is an unusually realistic and deep picture. This is a canvas with inner history. The central place here is occupied, in fact, by the mill. Her heavy wheels darkened from time to time, the wooden frame was dilapidated, and the roof is an uneven islet of straw. But looking at the almost stagnant water of this lake, the empty mill, you imagine how life boiled here before – big wheels spun straight, the fur coats driven by a stream of water, the miller walked around, and carts with grain reached the mill.

   Now this place is deserted and this abandonment, loneliness emphasizes the background as best as possible – a cloudy day and heavy fog, from which rare trees barely look. Only a boy on the banks of the river brings movement to the picture, despite his static pose – he catches the fish and seems to have subsided, afraid to wake this quiet abandoned place from a well-deserved sleep.