The first green is Ilya Semenovich Ostroukhov. 105 x 71 cm
This canvas was dated by the author himself in the later years of his life, so there are different dates of creation. Be that as it may, the painting was painted, bought in 1888 by Pavel Tretyakov for his gallery and exhibited in 1889-1890 at the XVII exhibition of the Wanderers.
As in most of the artist’s other paintings, this painting impresses with the competent construction of the composition and the amazingly realistic reproduction of the landscape. But this is not a mechanical copying of reality, not a photograph - it is a high-quality work of art, made with feeling and soul. No wonder the picture made a favorable impression on critics and aroused positive reviews.
In the foreground of the canvas, the artist captured the fragile and thin Russian birches with barely breaking young greens. They look openwork and very light against the background of calm grayish-blue water, which reflects the same faded sky. There is still no real heat, but the sun has melted snow and ice. Nature has felt liberation and is struggling to break free. This is emphasized by the lush greenery growing at the base of the trees.
The same thin and fragile birches grow at the very edge of the water, under a steep steep bank. On the other side of the river grow larger and older trees, still completely bare, but richly decorated with black caps of crow's nests. And around, wherever you look, the green forest stretches - still weak, translucent, but already striving to gain full strength after a long cold winter.
The meandering river snakes into the distance, and then gets lost among the trees and their reflections in the waters. It gives the canvas volume and necessary dynamics, emphasizes the time of year and calm, clear weather. In general, the picture leaves a joyful sensation of freshness of the awakening nature.