Sunset in the steppe - Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi. Oil on Canvas 39.5 x 57.5 cm
At the turn of the 19th-20th centuries, Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi turned to the theme of sunset. Kuindzhi depicts the sunset at different times and from different angles.
In 2019, the Tretyakov Gallery hosted an exhibition of his paintings. Work on solar subjects identified separately. The viewer could feel Kuindzhi’s special susceptibility to the mood of the star: the artist saw how sad she was, leaving her beloved world for the night, how glad she was about the opportunity to take a break from hourly work.
Among the works collected from all over Russia was this one - “Sunset in the Steppe”. Visitors to the National Museum of the Republic of Buryatia lingered on her, enjoying harmony and wondering how this creation had brought so far from the artist's places of life.
The most talented restorers of Russia worked to give the canvas its original appearance.
This painting is characterized by a gradation of color: from dark shades of green to tending to transparency blue. As in many other paintings, here is the main figure that attracts the eye of the observer. This is the sun, which crimson falls over the horizon, painting the sky in golden and pink tones.
The sun, which had cooled after a hard, full struggle of the day, turned red. Soon the star will go to night rest, gain strength and the next morning will return refreshed, ready for a labor, or rather, daylight.
Among the darkened green grass at sunset, a path has been laid, leaving in a frozen blue fog. Cumulus clouds float against the background of translucent skies.
A fiery sun, fiery feelings - that was what filled Arkhip Ivanovich’s life. His work still resonates in our hearts.
The transmission of feelings through distances and through time is the main task of art, which Kuindzhi, as a true master of his craft, performed flawlessly.