“Shat-Gora (Elbrus)”, Nikolay Alexandrovich Yaroshenko – overview of the painting
- Posted by Nikolay Alexandrovich Yaroshenko
- Museum: Museum-estate of the artist Yaroshenko, Kislovodsk
- Year: 1884
Overview of the painting :
Shat-Gora (Elbrus) – Nikolay Alexandrovich Yaroshenko. Oil on canvas. 70 x 159 cm
A painter often depicts the Caucasus Mountains. As his life approaches sunset, the theme of mountain greatness is found in his works more and more often.
In the distance, the majestic Elbrus rises, touching its white top to the sky. Wavy clouds float in front of him. Below the snow-white snow caps, blue rocks descend. In the foreground are visible areas overgrown with grass that has weakened from the height, alternating with bare earth.
The mountain is a symbol of perspective – you can see the whole area from it. The gray-haired peak of Elbrus hints that the painter will soon grow old, but his talent will remain equally significant and powerful.
Yaroshenko understood the power in a special way. He believed that the greatest power was possessed by a person who lived in full accordance with his moral convictions, not ready to sacrifice them under any circumstances. So Nikolai Alexandrovich, of course, considered himself. So he was.
Let us recall the prospect, the possibility of exploring all the nearby mountains and villages, which goes to those who climbed to the top of the mountain. The artist identifies himself with Elbrus himself and with that traveler who could climb him and enjoy the view from above.
Yaroshenko lived a long and life saturated with joyful and tragic events and can now see all his achievements and oversights. He can see whether others are going the right way or, having wrapped the wrong way, have deviated far from the right path.
The prospect also has another symbolic meaning – the availability of opportunities for further development. Although the painter has come a long life path, he does not believe that his life is completed, that she has reached her final goal, beyond which there is nowhere to move. There are more things to learn to do.