“Spring Day”, Alexey Kondratyevich Savrasov – overview of the painting

“Spring Day”, Alexey Kondratyevich Savrasov – overview of the painting
“Spring Day”, Alexey Kondratyevich Savrasov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Alexey Kondratievich Savrasov
  • Museum: Vladimir-Suzdalsky historical, architectural and art museum-reserve
  • Year: 1873

Overview of the painting :

Spring Day – Alexey Kondratievich Savrasov. Oil on canvas. 95 x 140 cm

   Charming, touching picture A. K. Savrasova “Spring Day” was written in 1873, at a time when the author’s creative abilities reached the peak of their development.

   The later compositions of the master were often gloomy both in content and in color decision. In contrast, the landscapes of the 1870s are filled with cheerfulness, bright hope and a sense of harmony.

   Spring, marking the transition between cold and short but long-awaited heat, was the favorite time of the year of Alexei Kondratyevich, because this is the time of awakening the sleeping nature and sleeping hopes.

   The clarity of the silhouettes, the yellowish flavor resembling an old faded photograph, suggests some similarities with the graphics.

   Trees reaching for heaven stand out among white snows and heavenly azure. There is a feeling that these trees are the main thing in the picture, and so on – only an addition to them. However, everything that the artist loves to portray is present on the canvas: water with heaven reflected in it, hedge, hut, forest in the distance.

   There is nothing ahead but a huge puddle: free space is left so that the viewer can “enter” the picture.

   On the middle plane, a group of naked trees is visible, separated by a fence from the water, and a path leading to human housing. A little further is the forest. On the right side of the picture, several more trees lurked, taken by surprise in the spring. A gentle-blue sky spread over the beauty of a familiar landscape. The openiness, impressive breadth of the panorama are characteristic of the work of Savrasov.

   He also loved to portray spring because at this time of the year the area, not cluttered with violent vegetation, like in summer, but not lifeless, like in winter, is clearly visible. In every detail, the author’s love for his native nature is felt.