“Sit at noon”, Ilya Semenovich Ostroukhov – overview of the painting

“Sit at noon”, Ilya Semenovich Ostroukhov – overview of the painting
“Sit at noon”, Ilya Semenovich Ostroukhov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Ilya Semenovich Ostroukhov
  • Museum: Perm State Art Gallery
  • Year: 1892

Overview of the painting :

The river at noon is Ilya Semenovich Ostroukhov. Oil on canvas. 65.5 x 104

   This picture is sometimes also called “Dolls on the Pond”, because it is in its foreground depicted typical inhabitants of the reservoirs of the middle strip of Russia – snow-white water lilies against the background of large dark green leaves of the heart-shaped form.

   Water occupies most of the canvas, diagonally and giving the image the necessary dynamism. At the water edge, immediately behind a small sandbank, which has grown heavily with reeds, a group of thick, slightly disheveled trees grows, the trunks of which are invisible under the abundant caps of the leaves. Behind them, low hills rise, passing beyond the canvas.

   All the rest of the greens on the canvas are dark and low. On the horizon you can see a strip of dense forest, in which individual trees are barely visible. All the attention of the audience is focused on the central group of trees, water surface and on charming water lugs.

   The water in the river is pulled by a shallow ripple, but looks very calm, like glass or a mirror. The effect of movement creates a reflection of tree leaves on the shore. In other places, water reproduces the sky above the river. It is covered with light clouds – white, fluffy and rare. These do not bring rain with them, but simply close the hot midday sun. This deprives the picture of clear shadows, but enriches it with halftones, adding picturesqueness and tenderness.

   The sky is very pale, bleached by the sun, so the water seems as light and shallow. This is emphasized by the growing jugs here. They choose clean calm water with a weak current. In the picture, water lilies almost cover the water surface in the corner of the canvas. This artistic technique balances the abundant amount of greenery and dense colors in the opposite part of the canvas.

   The canvas breathes silence, peace, causes a sense of peace and enjoyment of natural beauty not affected by human intervention.