“Vision on the Volga. Barki ”, Fedor Vasiliev – overview of the painting

“Vision on the Volga. Barki ”, Fedor Vasiliev – overview of the painting
“Vision on the Volga. Barki ”, Fedor Vasiliev - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Fedor Aleksandrovich Vasiliev
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1870

Overview of the painting :

View of the Volga. Barki – Fedor Aleksandrovich Vasiliev. 1870. Oil on canvas. 67 x 105 cm
  Fedor Aleksandrovich Vasiliev is an amazingly thin landscape painter of the second half of the 19th century. He combined in his work a romantic line of painting of his predecessors and anticipated the birth in the genre of landscape transmission of the emotional experience of an artist observing nature. The flourishing of talent was cut off by the early death of Vasiliev, who had tuberculosis.

   Picture “View on the Volga. Barki ”deploys in front of the audience a magnificent panorama of the Volga expanses with a high blue sky, filled with solemn sound.

   Having introduced a household motive with barks and burlaki into the landscape, the artist seeks first of all to emphasize the harmony of man and nature. Involuntarily there is a comparison with the picture I. E. Repin “Burlaki on the Volga.”.

   It is known that many painters traveled along this river and saw the hard work of the slave burlaki, similar stories are found in other masters of this time. But Vasiliev, remaining true to the path of the landscape painter, does not try to call the viewer to socially read the canvas, but seeks to raise the perception of the nature he sees to universal feelings and moods.

   The masterly transmitted complex “life” of the sky contains a gamut of “human” experiences – dramas and joys, emotional upheavals and the resurrection of the spirit. Gifted with a subtle perception of color shades and transitions, Vasilyev is inimitable in the color decision of the canvases – the warm golden brown fabric of the earth and sunlight surprisingly gently emphasize the transparent blue of the sky and water spaces.