Street in Florence in the rain - Konstantin Alekseevich Korovin. 38 x 19 cm
In 1888, Konstantin Korovin went on a big trip to Europe. Such an intense journey was made possible thanks to the philanthropist Savva Mamontov, who gathered around him extraordinary, talented personalities. Korovin worked at the Mamontov Private Opera, decorating the sets for performances. A peculiar tradition of the philanthropist was the export of people close in spirit and work abroad. In Europe, Korovin painted a series of wonderful paintings, including the romantic, expressive Street in Florence.
The narrow streets of one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, Florence, are represented by a Russian painter in a bold, sweeping technique. Korovin generally eschewed academicism, calling strict classical canons "carrion." The canvas is poured with paints in the most daring comparisons.
The rough road of the street, deep into the picture, glistens with a damp surface - most likely the rain has just stopped (or is still raining). Two closed crews are slowly driving along the road. The street is not crowded. You can see only rare figures of passers-by, who are scruffy from the rain, which the artist did not prescribe in detail. Along the streets towering houses with small windows closed. The distances between them are so close that it seems, if desired, neighbors on opposite sides can talk, not really raising their voices.
But not the real environment, albeit very expressive, but the world of sensations, attracts the viewer in this picture of Konstantin Korovin. By his creative method, the Russian artist chose impressionism, which put the value of the moment, the variability of the world, hardly tangible feelings and emotions at the forefront. Although the master himself resisted the fact that he was called an impressionist, as he considered himself an artist who practices “pure painting”.
If you look at the presented canvas in detail, you will notice how boldly the artist combines colors, juxtaposes them, emphasizes contrasts - the corners of houses, the roof of a carriage, etc. But it’s worthwhile to step back a few steps, all these detailed contrasts are built into a single harmonious plot, full of half tones and subtly noted nuances. The texture of the painted surface plays and shimmers. Undoubtedly, the value of the picture in its color. The master’s manner literally “breathes” freedom - his stroke is sloppy and wide, with an uneven impulsive line.
As for the mood of the canvas, it is fully consistent with the main motto of Korovin - to show the beauty and joy of life. So the artist’s inconspicuous rainy day breaks up into a myriad of beautiful drops that spilled on the narrow street of Florence, turned it into a wonderful microcosm full of colors, air and life.