Rafts - Alexey Kondratievich Savrasov. 85 x 110 cm
The painting was painted shortly before the beginning of the 1870s, during which the flowering of artistic talents of Alexei Kondratievich Savrasov fell. By this moment, he was already a well-established artist with his unique style, which allowed him to combine everyday and beautiful, earthly and divine in his works. He went through all the stages of his training, visited England and Switzerland, whose nature inspired him and helped to feel the peculiar beauty of his homeland.
The canvas is made in oil on canvas in the favorite genre of Alexei Kondratievich - the landscape genre.
Light pours plentifully from heaven. Coastal life flows on earth with all its inherent charm. The houses, covered with turf and rotten straw, are covered with grass after recent rain and look almost fabulous. Rafting logs along the river, building a raft, green bushes curiously peeking out from behind the wattle fence is commonplace, but behind all this one feels something inexpressibly beautiful.
The unity of “high” (heaven) and “low” (life) expresses a sense of participation in any manifestation of life in the beauty of “God's creation”. A similar technique is repeated in many paintings by Savrasov and is one of the most characteristic features of him as an artist.
Although “Rafts” is not his most famous work, this feature of the master’s work is visible in it with particular distinctness. That is why it is worth paying attention to this creation.
The picture is permeated with a sense of kinship between man and nature, which in the vision of the painter are connected by an inextricable link. Anyone who sees this work of art understands that the consumer attitude to nature is completely alien to the author. Everything beautiful on earth and in the souls of people, everything divine in heaven for him is one inseparable entity.