View in the vicinity of Oranienbaum, Savrasov, 1854

View in the vicinity of Oranienbaum, Savrasov, 1854
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  • Posted by Alexey Kondratievich Savrasov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1854

Overview of the painting :

View in the vicinity of Oranienbaum – Alexey Kondratievich Savrasov. 1854. Oil on canvas. 78×118

   Surov, the Finnish nature is modest and mysterious. The viewer is presented with a normal cloudy day, an ancient oak tree, two huge boulders, a picturesque stump. A female figure is barely guessed in the distance, and even further, a snow-white yacht runs across the sea. The viewer creates a strange feeling, as if gray boulders under oak are watching the entire landscape. Fantasy turns lifeless stones into huge fantastic animals, sheltered by branches of a centuries-old tree. The fabulous atmosphere of the cloud, almost completely covering the blue sky, is completed.

   You involuntarily think about what will happen when a woman reaches the boulders. Numerous mythological stories about abductions come to mind.

   The color scheme of the picture is restrained and muffled. Gray boulders, light green foliage, yellow track. The light, which is still enough, fills the clearing, tries to illuminate the boulders.

   Brown clay shore, grass islands, two red flowers… Or maybe the eyes of the leftist, cunningly glancing at the viewer. In this work, everyone can see something special, invisible by others.