“The Winter Sun,” Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon – overview of the painting

“The Winter Sun,” Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon – overview of the painting
“The Winter Sun,” Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon - overview of the painting - 1

    • Posted by Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon
    • Museum: Latvian National Art Museum
    • Year: 1916

Overview of the painting :

Winter sun – Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon. Oil on canvas. 153 x 105 cm

A simple landscape was chosen in this picture, but a very complex and rare angle is the artist and with him the viewer is directly opposite the setting sun. His rays “beat” towards his eyes, but do not interfere with him, because they crush in the slender rows of the trunks of very tall trees and massive paws of dark and gloomy spruce.

The artist was very fond of Russian nature, so he knew how to serve the simplest landscapes so that they literally fascinated the beholder. And this picture also uses the simplest everyday motive: peasants from a nearby village collect brushwood in the winter forest to heat houses.

The image is presented in such a way that it seems higher than the level of viewer’s view. The artist is at the bottom, at the hillside, and tall trees and characters are at the top, on the hill, almost on the horizon. Thanks to such an artistic technique, a horse with a cart full of collected brushwood, and a man collecting it in the snow in a knit, seems depicted in a counter-fight – almost black. They clearly loom on a light background of snow and winter sky.

Slender trees without leaves seem lace, this feeling is supported by rare fluffy clouds in the pale sky. In contrast, dark spruce serve as the background of the tender and fragile beauty of bare branches, but do not give gloom to the canvas, because it uses fairly bright and juicy paints.

The whole charm of this landscape lies in the contrasting contrast of the warm golden orange rays of the sun, piercing through trees, and cold blue-blue shadows cast by trunks and branches into the snow. Due to the original composition of the picture, they diverge in fan, which deepens the perspective and makes the canvas more voluminous, filled with air and space.

This picture has a pacifying property, attracts to itself and is the best praise of the artist’s talent.