Spring, Petrov-Vodkin – overview of the painting

Spring, Petrov-Vodkin – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Petrov-Vodkin
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1935

Overview of the painting :

Spring – Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin. 1935. Oil on canvas. 185 x 156.5 cm

   The first impression of the picture is a simple plot and performance, close in style to a bulky primitive painting. But you just have to look closely, as the depth and numerous references to various directions in the visual art are found in the canvas.

   With external modesty of the plot, the picturesque characteristics of the picture are magnificent. The color scheme and the selection of shades, even the writing technique, immediately resembles the work of some impressionists. When carefully reviewing the foreground, the canvases become noticeable the geometric shapes of the lime slope on which the pair in love sits. In this you can see traces of the influence of cubism. Even a few strange and incorrect placement of miniature houses in different places of the canvas sends spectators to early surreal-style creations.

   The plot of the picture is eternal, like life itself. Spring is a time of awakening not only the forces of nature, but also love, passion, the desire to find their second half. Two – a man and a woman – Adam and Eve of our day. A cute modest girl in a simple little pigeon dress and an equally inconspicuous young man on the open hillside is the embodiment of all couples in the past and future. The cold blue tone of a woman’s dress is opposed to a bright yellow shirt of a man, the contrast of these colors is emphasized by the woman’s scarlet. But all these open colors extinguish the lyrical, even the blessed mood of the surrounding nature, written by the artist in tender purple-pink tones. Even the juicy spring greens here seem to be slightly shaded, covered with foggy haze.

   By honoring the unnaturalness of the landscape and the strangeness in the placement of the houses of the village are created specifically to show how lovers literally soar over reality. At this moment there is no surrounding world for them, only they exist and their born, still timid feeling.