“Plotys”, Alexey Kondratievich Savrasov – overview of the painting

“Plotys”, Alexey Kondratievich Savrasov – overview of the painting
"Plotys", Alexey Kondratievich Savrasov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Alexey Kondratievich Savrasov
  • Museum: Kharkov Art Museum
  • Year: 1868

Overview of the painting :

Dams – Alexey Kondratyevich Savrasov. Oil on canvas. 85 x 110 cm

   The painting was written shortly before the beginning of the 1870s, on which the flourishing of artistic talents of Alexei Kondratyevich Savrasov fell. At this point, he was already a formed artist with his unique manner, which allowed him to combine everyday and beautiful, earthly and divine in his works. He went through all the stages of his studies, visited England and Switzerland, the nature of which inspired him and helped to feel the peculiar beauty of the Motherland.

   The canvas is made with oil on canvas in the favorite genre of Alexei Kondratievich – the landscape genre.

   Light pours abundantly from heaven. Coastal life flows on earth with all its inherent charm. The houses covered with turf and overfished straw were covered with grass after the recent rain and look almost fabulous. The fusion of logs along the river, the construction of a raft, the green bushes looking curiously because of the whip – this is common, but behind all this something inexpressibly beautiful is felt.

   The unity of the “high” (heaven) and “low” (existence) expresses a sense of involvement of any manifestations of life in the beauty of “God’s creation”. A similar technique is repeated in many paintings by Savrasov and is one of the most characteristic features of him as an artist.

   Although the “Plotys” is not his most famous work, this feature of the master’s work is visible in it with special distinctness. That is why this creation should be paid attention.

   The picture is permeated with a sense of kinship of man and nature, which in the vision of the painter are connected by inextricable communication. Anyone who sees this work of art understands that consumer attitudes towards nature are completely alien to the author. Everything beautiful on earth and in the souls of people, everything divine in heaven for him is one inseparable entity.