Russian village (North Village), Polenov – overview of the painting

Russian village (North Village), Polenov – overview of the painting
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  • Author: Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov
  • Museum: A. Museum. N. Radishcheva, Saratov
  • Year: 1889

Overview of the painting :

Russian village (Northern Village) – Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov. 1889. Oil on canvas 89 x 142

   In 1889, the new work of Vasily Polenov “Russian Village” was seen. The compositional building, color solution, and most importantly, the lyrism and chamberiness of this picture, immediately reminded the viewer of the other work of the painter, now better known – the Moscow Courtyard, written 11 years before. The artist in the new picture skillfully and very naturally opted for the Russian village, creating a simple image for the heart, simple and recognizable by everyone.

   As always, the painter carefully thought out everything, and the viewer’s look moves exactly along the route set by the master’s talented hand: a narrow wooden bridge over a small river, as if giving direction to us, and we gradually plunge deep into this simple, cute village pastor.

   The viewer overlooks a small village consisting of several yards. Or maybe it’s just the edge of the village or a single farm. Each courtyard is indicated by a traditional Russian hut folded from long massive logs, which have long darkened with rain and time. Sewing between houses, the gaze picks up agricultural buildings covered with a straw roof. I did not forget to grab all the smallest details – and neat chimneys, and window caches, and carved decorations of the pediments of the village houses.

   Looking into the landscape, you gradually begin to realize that life is seething in this modest village: there the child is standing by the water of the river, chickens are trampling on the shore, a bird is sitting on a crooked braid, or a raven, or a straight bed talking about the prudent working hands. Thin paths trampled to yellow sand, leading directly to the white shore and bridge, also emphasize the seething village life. Children in the picture – and the boy playing with the boat and the guy on the slope play a somewhat staffing function, but without these heroes the image of the village would not be complete.

   Clouds in the sky are written in a filigree way – this is some kind of white whimsory lace, woven on a perfectly straight blue background, through which a soft scattered light pours.

   Looking closer at the master’s hand, that is, the writing style, it can be noted that it is not homogeneous. The small details of the picture are written with special care, while the paths and green grass are filled with wide strokes, freely, somewhere in a second way.

   The picture is full and rich: saturated green grass color, blue sky, bright yellow sandbank and paths, gray houses – and all this is flooded with calm sunlight. An attentive viewer will note that the foreground of the picture is still rich in shades and a subtle nuance: in the water you can see glimpses of lilac and pink.

   The moody component of this picture is striking – peace, peace and grace. Polenov, like no one else, could fill his landscapes with an extraordinary, naughty sense of joy – this is the happiness of a person’s being, his existence in the world around him. His most significant achievements in this area are associated precisely with the image of Russian expanses, and the picture “Russian Village” is a simple and eloquent confirmation of this.