“The end of winter. At noon, ”Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon – overview of the painting
- Posted by Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1929
Overview of the painting :
End of winter. noon – Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon. Oil on canvas. 112 x 98 cm
The picture reflects one of the usual days of the period between the end of winter and the beginning of spring. An old wooden house with a simple fence and a supply of firewood dumped in front of it is sealed. Logs create a pleasant contrast to the common cold range of the canvas – they are a warm golden hue, as if heated by sunlight.
The landscape master managed to convey the feeling of a passing winter with a virtuoso image of snow. In the picture, he is loose, “old”, tangibly saturated with moisture. Deep shadows in the footprints emphasize his dampness, his willingness to melt and disappear soon. Just a couple more weeks of steady heat, and it will float with streams, opening the earth that has been depleted in the sun. In the meantime, only a sunny day speaks of the approaching spring, emphasizing the deep blue shadows in the snow that has melted, but the chickens rejoiced at him, briskly pecking something on the trampled path. This once again emphasizes that the street is warm, because the poultry spent all the cold time locked up in a chicken coop.
Winter will end very soon, so people try to manage to take advantage of it. Skiers are trying to ride, perhaps the last time this year. But winter is not in a hurry to give up its position, because around, where you don’t look, there is a thick layer of snow. But he is no longer on the trees, which means that the snowstorms are a thing of the past, because the tall ones ate green as in summer. This is emphasized by bluish distances, which also show that in the forests the trees are not covered with snow and are ready for the arrival of spring.
The picture is filled with a sense of silence and peace that do not violate extraneous noise. This is a cozy time when nature seemed to be hiding in anticipation of change. Soon, soon everything will change, but for now there is still time to enjoy the last snow and the opportunity to ski. Winter is still in its right, and will not give up without resistance.