“Russian winter. Ligachevo ”, Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon – overview of the painting

“Russian winter. Ligachevo ”, Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon – overview of the painting
"Russian winter. Ligachevo ”, Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon - overview of the painting - 1

    • Posted by Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon
    • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
    • Year: 1947

Overview of the painting :

Russian winter. Ligachevo – Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon. Oil on canvas. 185 x 132 cm

All landscape painters know that in their profession it is most difficult to portray water and snow. Konstantin Yuon expertly coped with his work – on his canvas the snow is so realistic that it blows from the picture in real frost. He is simply physically felt, and this can be considered the best praise of the artist, because the level of skill and the landscape painter is simply fantastic.

The canvas is captured by a winter forest tightly covered with a thick layer of snow. A slightly hilly landscape with huge old trees is spread out in front of the audience, against the background of which the figures of the children seem to be ants. Snow lies everywhere, everything is white and white. After this picture, you begin to understand that there is no single white color – it has many shades, and each of them is present in this landscape.

Snow has a pronounced texture, simply physically tangible, real, material. Thick snow on the ground is dense like a cotton blanket, and on fragile tree branches it lies in a volumetric goose down. The fact that it is light is evident from the fact that the branches did not bend too much. But it is clearly sticky, because the trees are tightly clothed to them, so even their juicy greens are practically not visible.

In the distance you can see the wooden houses of the village, also under a dense white blanket. Before them, a group of children sledding from a hollow slope. For kids, snowing is a real joy. Children in the foreground return from school and actively discuss what they will do next. There is no doubt that they will soon join their friends in the village, and will also enjoy winter and a good, clear day. Their group is accompanied by a cheerful dog, which has nothing to do with any snow and cold.

This canvas is written in the post-war years of devastation and an acute shortage of everything, but there is no sign of despondency on it. It is bright, cheerful and life-affirming, because life continues!