Elbrus - Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi. 20 x 27.2 cm
The painting "Elbrus" was painted in 1900. The period of his twenty-year retreat came to an end.
Many paintings by the author depict Mount Elbrus at different times of the day and from different angles.
Arkhip Ivanovich successfully experimented with paints; it happened that people did not believe that the illumination in the picture was transmitted only by visual means, and looked for where the artist had mounted the light bulb. The negative side of these experiments is that the paints created by him were short-lived and quickly faded. Kramskoy noticed a darkening of color in the works of Kuindzhi and urged contemporaries to record the impressions they receive by observing the unique play of lighting, because in the future some of the attractiveness of the paintings will be lost.
We cannot enjoy the canvases in their original form: even the restoration did not help restore the original brightness of the colors. But, fortunately, the paintings remain attractive to us due to the unsurpassed mastery of their execution.
Displayed the theme of mountain greatness. The lighting effects conveyed by Kuindzhi's expert brush are striking. Theatrically constructed plans create the illusion of space. Despite the unusual approach to the transmission of lighting, which is a characteristic feature of the impressionists, the artist remains within the framework of the realistic method.
Elbrus is shown in daylight peering out of the fog. The viewer feels that the majestic and huge Mount Elbrus is very far away, and under it there is a chasm, the end and edge of which are not visible. This feeling of infinity and greatness is very characteristic of Kuindzhi’s work.