Tiberiad Lake, Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov

Tiberiad Lake, Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov
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  • Author: Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov
  • Museum: Yaroslavl Art Museum
  • Year: Around 1885

Overview of the painting :

Tiberiad Lake – Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov. Around 1885. Oil on canvas. 72 x 127.9

   Vasily Polenov devoted more than one picture to Tiberiad or Genisareth Lake. This place attracted the attention of the master because of his belonging to biblical history – many acts of Christ were committed here, to which the painter dedicated the so-called Gospel cycle.

   The lake is located in Palestine on the territory of modern Israel and Vasily Polenov had the opportunity to see this place, revered by believers, with his own eyes and enjoy the spaciousness, beauty of the pond and the wide valley. This happened during his first trip to the East, which had a huge impact on the work and personal formation of a landscape master.

   The composition of the picture is built in a traditional way for the artist – a comparison of the near and long-range. The viewer presents itself on top of a mountain or high hill, which opens a vast expanse, limited only by an uneven line of empty mountains.

   The color resolution of the picture is very colorful and fresh. At first glance, the saturated blue water of the lake is riveted to itself, which gradually glows to the horizon, transforming itself into uneven blue smoothness. At the same time, harmonizing and shading, the meager vegetation of the region is depicted in dark green. Zeleny frames the coast, and seems like an accidental oasis against the background of the yellow desert.

   The lake was embodied by the artist exclusively realistically and poetized at the same time – only the Polenov could compare these characteristics. Rather, it is the merit of the personal perception of a painter, whose gaze was distinguished by close attention, and the soul is sensitive to everything beautiful.

   Thus the viewer sees this lake today – an extraordinary place with a holy history that does not cease to delight with its beauty, privacy and harmony. Only here, surrounded by ever-frozen perfect beauty, could Christ roam, reflecting on the Eternal.