The Wizard of Winter, Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon – overview of the painting

The Wizard of Winter, Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon – overview of the painting
The Wizard of Winter, Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon - overview of the painting - 1

    • Posted by Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon
    • Museum: Russian Museum
    • Year: 1912

Overview of the painting :

Konstantin Fedorovich Yoon – Wizard-winter. Oil on canvas. 105 x 160.5 cm

This picture refers to the period of the artist’s work, when he was most attracted by all of the Russians, in particular, the nature characteristic of Moscow Region and the Central part of Russia. There is an original feature in this canvas – it is written from a very interesting angle, as if from a height.

Due to the fact that the artist is located above the depicted site, a broad perspective opens up, which allows covering a considerable territory with many people and animals moving along it. This gives the cold winter landscape a dynamic and a certain liveliness, makes it more interesting for the viewer, increases the number of objects to consider.

From a distance you might think that a scattering of colored dots on a common black blue-white background is scattered on the canvas. But this is only the first impression. It is worth approaching, as it becomes noticeable that each “point” on the landscape lives its own life.

Before the eyes of the viewer, a fascinating picture of the life of the village unfolds in winter. In the center of the picture of the breakdowns between low hills, on the upper parts of which there are non-branded wooden houses. At the very bottom of the frost, a small village pond planted with trees was chained with ice. Local kids frolic on it. They ride with pleasure through his surface, and the onlookers around them watch.

Narrow paths trampled in the snow go according to their deeds, horses drag sled with cargo and cedots. In the long run, near houses, horses frolic, rejoicing in freedom, and horsemen move in the snow with a measured, calm step.

There are no expressed shadows on the canvas, because the sun is hidden in a light haze. Trees are flavored with fluffy snow, and only trees and pines located in the distance are darker, color-rich spots against the background of pale winter colors.