“Terrace on the seashore”, Sylvester Shchedrin – overview of the painting

“Terrace on the seashore”, Sylvester Shchedrin – overview of the painting
“Terrace on the seashore”, Sylvester Shchedrin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Sylvester Theodosievich Shchedrin
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1828

Overview of the painting :

Terrace on the seashore – Sylvester Feodosievich Shchedrin. Oil on canvas. 45.5 x 66.5 cm
   The landscapes of Sylvester Shchedrina are filled with a living sense of nature, sunlight, transparent air, an inextricable connection of nature’s life with human life. So before him did not write Russian landscape painters.

   In the painting of classicism, the landscape served as an expression of perfect beauty and harmony. And since in kind, from the point of view of the theory of classicism, there can be no ideal, then to create it it was required to streamline the nature. “Painting…- claimed P. P. Chekalevsky – surpasses the very nature… chooses the whole spectacle of nature the most perfect, connects different parts of many places and the beauty of many private people. ”. The classic landscape had to correct, ennobble nature.

   The first of the Russian artists, Sylvester Shchedrin, completely overcame this convention of classicism. Nature in all the charm of her reality, everyday life becomes the subject of attention of a painter. But at the same time, he looks at nature with the wrong eye of an analyst or a consumer, but with the look of a poet in love with her.

   The artist performs the series “Terraces” during 1825-1828. More than his other landscapes, they are specific in their reflection of the real life of nature, in the transfer of its state. One of the best in this series is Terrace on the Sea. The feeling of the exodus of the summer sultry half a day, the coolness of the shaded terrace, the sweetness of rest are surprisingly conveyed. Shchedrin comes close to the problem of captive painting, that is, to painting in the open air. He seeks to convey an air environment that softens the shape of objects, observes color changes in variously lit places, marks color reflexes, it is occupied by a live play of light and shadow.

   The landscapes of Shchedrina are a poetic story about Italy, about the amazing country of the sun and the sea, about its dreamy bliss, about its people living a single life with nature. But at the same time, Sylvester Shchedrin remains a Russian artist.