“Sunset in the steppe by the sea,” Archip Ivanovich Quinji – overview of the painting

“Sunset in the steppe by the sea,” Archip Ivanovich Quinji – overview of the painting
“Sunset in the steppe by the sea,” Archip Ivanovich Quinji - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Arkhip Ivanovich Quinji
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1908

Overview of the painting :

Sunset in the steppe by the sea – Archip Ivanovich Quinji. Oil on canvas. 39.5 x 53 cm
   The painting “Hunset in the steppe by the sea” was written in 1898-1908. This is one of the many “blowing” paintings of Quinja. The author’s enthusiasm for the image of the sun is manifested here with all the distinctness. It is possible that Quinja’s hand led a religious feeling – a sense of involvement of a luminary with divine nature in the very possibility of beauty.

   The prevalence of sun worship in ancient cults is not surprising: the Egyptians, Greeks, and Indians revered the sun. There was not a single nation that did not deify the star main for the Earth, which did not give it a human name and miraculous properties.

   The artist’s consciousness is somehow close to the primitive. He does not know, but he is catching. He does not master, according to the instructions, does not count, but allows the inspiration covering him to do all the work for him.

   This is what primitive people came from, free from the burden of knowledge and methodologies. Quinja did this when he portrayed the red face of the sun god.

   The picture is filled with the gradation of colors characteristic of Archip Ivanovich. Every detail, every brush smear is thought out.

   Above a wide strip of steppe, on the seashore, the radiance of the “golden city” spread – overflow of rolled shades of yellow, orange and scarlet flowers. The rays of the sun are reflected in the sea, giving the water extraordinary dominion. Against the background of the outgoing day, the earth acquires a dark color scheme, and in the air there is coolness and aroma of steppe herbs and the salt sea.

   The work of Archip Ivanovich Quinja is imbued with philosophical motives. The author does not have to be aware of what his picture means, to solve this is our audience task.

   The look glides over the irreparably even surface of the endless steppe. Everything around is empty. It is not known what will happen to the one who deviates to the side. It is only clear that one who goes straight, without turning off the path, will come to the goal, to the source of light, deity and beauty.