“Rolling on the Neva”, Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov – overview of the painting
- Author: Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1854
Overview of the painting :
Riding on the Neva – Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov. Oil on canvas. 132 x 221 cm
The magnificent master of landscape painting Aleksey Petrovich Bogolyubov often painted views of St. Petersburg. One of his best works is “Rolling on the Neva”.
A wonderful winter day. A high blue sky with fluffy clouds spread over the city. On the left you can see the stone walls of the Peter and Paul Fortress, the tall spire of the cathedral rises into the sky. The snow cover on the frozen Neva shines softly with blue and pale-silac shades. Light smoky-lilov shadows lie on numerous beaten paths.
And life boils on the river. It seems that here the entire population of St. Petersburg.
Ice is being harvested near the shore – transparent heavy blocks are being transported through the yards on the sleigh. Horses slowly carry household things, followed by servants carefully carry paintings. From one shore to the other, a horse squad rushes. Seeking to overtake each other, fast carts rush through the snow.
Nearby, in the middle of the Neva, the wooden walls of the hippodrome illuminated by the sun are visible. The stands are filled with people who came to see the run, one of their favorite winter fun. People also stand on a temporary bridge, admiring the crews flying past.
In the fresh frosty air, the screams of the fans, the ringing of the bells, the callous voices of the snow sellers, the barking of dogs are far apart.
The picture has many characters, each of them has its own character: serious smart passengers in the wagon, and proud military men guarding on ice, and bad boys on the shore, and concentrated pilots helping tired horses.
The artist uses non-bold pastel colors: warm milk cream and grayish sand for the walls of houses, golden-antar – for wooden boards, reddish-brown – for granite embankment. Cold light-lazure and pale-lilac shades of snow echo with them. The painter managed to convey the pearl light of the non-small northern day and air transparency.
You can admire this picture for a long time, admire the magnificent expanse, finding new details and details. She gives us a good mood, a sense of joy and bright memories of winter fun.