White horse. Normandy, Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov
- Author: Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov
- Museum: House-Museum of the artist in Polenovo
- Year: 1874
Overview of the painting :
White horse. Normandy – Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov. 1874. Oil on canvas. 24.7 x 30 cm
This small genre picture does not depict a proud tribal horse, but a small, unremarkable working horse from French Normandy. She calmly stands in full scrub against the background of the same simple white wall of some village building with low walls and a tiled roof.
The artist was interested in this particular horse, because its image set before him the task of depicting a white animal against the background of a white wall. He brilliantly solved this difficult coloristic task. The white color of the horse’s skin is warm, lively, iridescent of pretty creamy shades, and the wall is cold, snow-white, with ice bluish halftones.
The master was also interested in the very image of a working horse. This is a calm, hardworking animal, faithfully serving its owner all his life. She dutifully stands against the wall on bare ground, waiting for the owner to return and will need to move on. She is already not young and pretty tired – this is evidenced by the lowered head of the animal. But the horse is patient and used to such a life. In the picture, you can understand that the owner also loves his non-casist white horse – it is well-fed and well-cleaned, with neat, albeit poor shaving.