“The Village of Winter”, Alexey Kondratyevich Savrasov – overview of the painting

“The Village of Winter”, Alexey Kondratyevich Savrasov – overview of the painting
“The Village of Winter”, Alexey Kondratyevich Savrasov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Alexey Kondratievich Savrasov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1890s

Overview of the painting :

The village in winter is Alexey Kondratyevich Savrasov. Cardboard, watercolor, white. 16 x 25 cm

   The painting was written in the 1880-1890s. At that time, Savrasov entered into a bonded agreement with a merchant who bought his work cheaply and sold an order of magnitude more expensive. Although the artist suspected this, he was no longer trying to fix anything by reconciling his fate.

   The life of Aleksei Kondratyevich was difficult, but in art, in the work to which he felt called, he found joy. Even in this difficult period, the artist’s creations are filled with a bright sense of love for his native nature.

   The canvas “Winning Village” is no exception. It is made with watercolors, giving the landscape a special ease and transparency. Immediately recalls Japanese painting, in particular the paintings of Hokusai.

   A winter day is depicted in a Russian village. There are all the landscape elements beloved by Savrasov: low dilapidated hedge, hut, blurry trees in the distance. Smoke is curled from the pipe: obviously, there is someone at home. The beginning of winter is shown, when migratory birds have not all managed to fly to the warm edges. The slopes are covered with white snow.

   difficult moments of life nature was a source of inspiration for Savrasov. Everything collapsed: a former successful life, family and working relationships. But the nature of the native land remained the same, and therefore its value, always high for the artist, became only higher. Each smear shows the enthusiasm that the author experiences when thinking about the possibility of transmitting the ideal beauty that is inherent in God’s creation, not disrupted by human barbaric activity. The man in the paintings of Savrasov does not try to subjugate the nature that gave rise to him, but lives with her in complete harmony, he himself is her full and important component.

   “The Village of Winter” makes you think that even in the darkest moments of life you can find an unshakable support and an ongoing joy in a business to which you feel a calling.