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“Village in winter”, Alexei Kondratievich Savrasov - description of the painting

“Village in winter”, Alexei Kondratievich Savrasov - description of the painting

The village in winter - Alexei Kondratievich Savrasov. 16 x 25 cm

The painting was painted in the 1880-1890s. Although the artist suspected this, he no longer tried to fix anything by reconciling himself to his fate.

The life of Alexei Kondratievich was hard, but in art, in the business to which he felt a vocation, he found joy. Even in this difficult period, the artist’s creations are filled with a bright sense of love for his native nature.

The canvas "Village in winter" is no exception. It is made in watercolor, giving the landscape a special lightness and transparency. I immediately recall Japanese painting, in particular the paintings of Hokusai.

Pictured a winter day in a Russian village. All Savrasov’s favorite landscape elements are visible: a low decrepit hedge, a hut, blurry trees in the distance. Smoke blows from the chimney: obviously, there is someone at home. The beginning of winter is shown when migratory birds have not yet all managed to fly to warmer climes. The slopes are covered with white snow.

difficult moments of life, nature was a source of inspiration for Savrasov. Everything collapsed: previous successful life, family and working relationships. But the nature of the native land remained the same, and therefore its value, always high for the artist, only became higher. The man in Savrasov’s paintings does not try to subjugate the nature that gave birth to him, but lives in complete harmony with him; he himself is its full and important component.

The “Village in Winter” makes you think that even in the darkest moments of life you can find unshakable support and unceasing joy in the business to which you feel called.


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