“Window”, Victor Borisov-Musatov – overview of the painting

“Window”, Victor Borisov-Musatov – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Victor Borisov-Musatov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1886

Overview of the painting :

Window – Victor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov. Oil on canvas. 62 x 47 cm
   Viktor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov already in childhood knew what he would do all his life. Leaving his studies at the Saratov Real School at the age of 14, he begins to engage in painting under the direction of B. AT. Konovalov, who saw the talent of the artist in the young man. Two years later, he will write his first picture, depicting his house in the city of Saratov on it.

   Warm summer evening. Cozy corner – a window open wide open is visible behind the thick thickets of flowers. The ash and beige paint of the smooth wall emphasizes the soft glow of the white paint of a narrow wooden frame and open stealth with frequent rails. In the sparkling clean glass of the phramugi, a tree and a smoky gray sky are reflected. Light lace curtains are apart, but nothing can be seen in the upcoming twilight in the room.

   The windowsill is almost completely hidden behind the green of an overgrown front gardener. Near the earth, snow-white flowers of the host are swayed on thin stems. Thin brown fuchsia branches with elegant red-violet bells stretch up. Wide yellow-green leaves of sunflowers on thick stems were turned to light, and coral-pink nastursions somewhat blossomed next to them. Laceous foliage of tall flowering shrubs elegantly frames the window opening.

   The artist uses a rich palette of green shades: from dark green, almost black, to bright malachite, blue-green, olive and emerald. The reddish-brown and coffee-gray halftones with small spots of alogo, purple and pink are very harmoniously heard nearby.

   Admires with its beauty the bizarre ornament of various leaves interwoven with fragile colors, creating a dreamy mood. An open window beckons to return home, evoking memories of homemade comfort and warmth. The house is waiting for the owners to return. And the trampled path separating the audience from the image adds a touch of mystery to the canvas.

   The unshakable evening light and transparent air filled with the aromas of flowers give the picture a poetic.